Each family is asked to bring a dish to share (Pot Luck). The students from the youth group introduce each family member and tell something special about each one (depending on the group size, this can be done in front of the whole group, or just around each table). The student then serves his/her family members. After dinner, each family member is given a questionnaire to fill out – see below. Go around the table and share the results of the questionnaires. It is amazing how much families can learn about each other in 2 hours. The evening ends with a prayer service.
SAMPLE Family Night Questionnaire
(Feel free to customize your own):
- What would your family say you’re like first thing in the morning?
- What’s the weirdest thing you like to eat?
- Which family member spends the most time in the bathroom?
- What goofy or funny thing does your parent/son/daughter (respectively) do to make you laugh?
- After an argument, who in the family is most likely to apologize first – if at all?
- What does your parent/son/daughter do for your home or family that helps you most?
- Name one of your favorite things about your parent/son/daughter.
- How have you seen your parent/son/daughter mature or grow in the past year?
- Share a time when your parent/son/daughter did something that made you proud?
Don't forget to use some of the great game resources found on the Games and Ice Breakers page to round out your fun night.
Idea from Eileen Horan