God gives us strength to do the right thing
If you are meeting early in the day, ask everyone to look in their bag and find today’s activity. Ask if they think they will manage to keep going in a straight line without seeing?
If you are meeting later in the day, ask people how they got on with their “walking in a straight line” challenge? Was it difficult or easy?
Chat a bit about how good we are at doing what we think is right, when everyone else wants to do something else?
Ask someone to read out today’s family activity Bible passage from Joshua 1:7-9
Explain that while we are all together online today, we are going to think about a story from the Bible, where someone kept on doing what God wanted, even when there were some really evil people who wanted to hurt him very badly for doing that.
Tell the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den using the PowerPoint slides or the video available in the Downloads box below.
Play a game of “Outburst” together. Explain that you are going to give out a number of topics that are connected to the story you have just heard. For each topic they must write down 5 things that go with that topic. Explain that you have already made up 5 answers for each topic, these are not the “right” answers just the answers you have. The challenge for each household is to get as many of the “target” answers as they can in 2 minutes – this is a matching game! If they get 5 answers written down, they must roar like a lion and everyone has to stop writing. Then read out the “target” answers. If anyone has the same answers as you do, they get 2 points. Ask everyone to keep a note of their scores for each round.
Topics and target answers:
In Daniel’s house
Prayer mat | window | bed | plate | fruit
In the King’s bedroom
Pillows | Cup | Blankets | Crown | Wash bowl
In the Lions’ Den
Poo | Bones | Water | Dust | Flies
What did Daniel thank God for in his prayer?
Food | Friends | Safety | Work to do | The King
Daniel’s enemies to do list
Watch Daniel | Work out how to get rid of Daniel | Follow Daniel | Tell the King about Daniel | Keep the lions hungry
What did Daniel and the lions’ do during the night they were together
Daniel told stories | Daniel sang songs | Daniel prayed | Kept away from each other | Slept
Share the white board and write in the middle “Daniel talked to God”. Say that Daniel kept doing what he knew God wanted him to do, even when lots of people thought that was wrong. Ask everyone to draw or write something we can keep doing for God even when other people think it is silly or wrong. Read out what people have written and describe what people have drawn.
Say that sometimes it is hard to be a follower of Jesus and sometimes we might just want to give up.
Read out this part of the passage from the book of Joshua on today’s family activity card:
“Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid. Do not lose hope. I am the Lord your God. I will be with you everywhere you go.”
As you do so ask someone to write the same words across the top of all you have put on the whiteboard (this will work better if you prepare someone to do this in advance, using big text and a bright colour).
Pray this prayer before you say goodbye:
Thank you, God, that you were with Daniel.
Thank you, God, that you are with us.
Help us to be strong and brave
And not to be afraid
Or lose hope.
Say goodbye to everyone and look forward to seeing them tomorrow.