Instead of planning just student events, or just parent events, try planning some events for the whole family. Listed below are just a sampling of events designed to bring families together in order to celebrate what God is doing within the ministry, to serve together, and to fellowship and grow with one another. Hopefully these will ignite your own creativity as you think about your own family events.
- Seasonal Kickoff or Celebration Event: Bring parents and students together to celebrate what God has done in the lives of students and the ministry for a particular season. Also, these events can be used to launch the next season of ministry.
- Family Missions/Service Projects: Events such as serving at a rescue mission, serving at an orphanage, building houses together, etc. can all be used as ways to get families to serve God together.
- Family Camp: Create camping experience that is geared for families to be involved. This could be done as a church event or you could utilize and promote existing family camp programs as a part of camps or conference centers in your area.
- Family Fellowship Events: Be creative in designing events to promote fellowship and connection within families as well as between families. Events could include softball games, picnics, as well as a host of other ideas – anything that will get families to play and bond together. You can also plan Father-Daughter, Father-Son, Mother-Daughter, and Mother-Son events as well.
- Mother’s Tea: Have a regular meeting with the mother’s to discuss the youth group. Talk about their kids and pray for the group. This can be a support group for the mothers.
- Dad’s Breakfast: Provide a regular time for the father’s using an agenda similar to that of the Mother’s Tea.
- Parent/Student Meetings: Good family interaction and ministry can be enhanced through intergenerational programs that give parents and their teen-agers the opportunity to interact and discuss important topics.