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 Ð 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 youÕre like first thing in the morning?
- WhatÕs 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 Ð 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
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.