Sabbath Gift Bag Scavenger Hunt
Sabbath is a gift from God (Mark 2:27).
Place a colorful gift bag on the table. Send your family on a scavenger hunt to find things that remind them how Sabbath is a special gift from God.
Here are some ideas:
A battery: Sabbath helps us to recharge our batteries.
A clock or watch: Sabbath is time to spend with God and with each other.
A candle: Sabbath is a light that guides us through our week.
A treat: Sabbath is a delight.
A feather: Sabbath is a day to explore nature and God’s creation.
A heart: Sabbath is a day when we can help others.
Hand lotion: Sabbath is soothing and comforting.
A bottle of water: Sabbath is refreshing.
What else can your family put in your Sabbath gift bag?
Best Sabbath Ever
The Sabbath is a delight (Isaiah 58:13).
What was the best Sabbath you ever experienced? What made it so special?
Invite everyone to draw a picture or write a story of their best Sabbath ever.
Show your pictures and tell why this Sabbath
was so special.
Make a list of what makes Sabbath
delightful for your family. Then plan
a really delightful Sabbath in the
Thank You for Sabbath
A Sabbath psalm (Psalm 136:1).
Find all your best craft materials and pens.
Design and make some amazing cards to thank God for making the Sabbath for us.
Write a thank-you message to God in your card.
Share your cards with each other.
Exodus 20:8-11; Isaiah 58:13.
Gather all your best craft materials.
Invite everyone to make something special to inspire your family to have wonderful Sabbaths.
You might decorate candles or candle holders that you can use on Sabbath.
Or design Sabbath place mats for your table. Arrange pictures and stickers on cardstock, and then laminate the place mats to protect from spills.
Read the story of Sabbath and manna (Exodus 16:13-31).
Use a marker pen to divide a paper plate into seven sections, like a pie.
Label each section with a different day of the week, writing the names around the edge of the plate.
Make a “tent” in your room, under a table or under a large sheet.
Lay a clean cloth on the floor outside your tent and sprinkle it with sweet popcorn (pretend manna).
Pretend to sleep in your tent and wake up on Sunday.
Collect some manna (sweet popcorn) and place it on your plate in the “Sunday” section. Eat it, and then pretend to sleep again. Repeat this for each day. Then collect twice as much on Friday and eat only half of it. “Wake up” on “Sabbath” and eat the rest.
Talk about how you can help prepare food for Sabbath by making simple desserts, chopping vegetables, setting the table, etc.
Sabbath: A Day of Joyful Celebration
A psalm for Sabbath (Psalm 92).
Read this happy psalm together.
Many Jewish families welcome Sabbath with a traditional celebration. So why not plan some happy ways to celebrate Sabbath in your family? Maybe you could make a Sabbath banner, write your own celebratory song, create a special party or agape meal, play some fun Sabbath games, light candles, create a different fruit-juice cocktail each week, drive to a beautiful place to watch the sunset, have tiny treats or surprises, hunt for a special object, share what you most appreciate about each other, bless each other, and so on.
Keep adding new ideas to your list.
A Day for Helping Others
Jesus heals on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:9-13).
Get a pencil and a sheet of paper. Spread out your fingers and draw around each of your hands.
On each finger, write one way you and your family could help people on Sabbath.
Collect all of your ideas and plan a great way to help someone on Sabbath during the next few weeks.
Karen Holford is the author of 100 Creative Activities for Sabbath (Pacific Press, 2006). This article was reprinted with permission of The Journal: A Resource for Ministry Spouses, second quarter, 2014.
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