Let's Get Together!

Flexible fun-filled activity ideas for the whole church family

Sue Langwade

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Content

Let's Get Together! is an exciting mix of creative ideas designed to encourage the whole church family to relax and have fun together in a variety of situations. The resource includes themed starter activities, Bible-based storytelling, action-packed drama, punchy puppetry, instant crafts, team games, reflective prayers and take-home Bible bloodhound challenges.

The ideas can be used in five linked sessions to create a holiday-style programme. Alternatively, one session can be taken on its own and explored in informal, ongoing worship or as a special one-off event. The drama can even be taken as a piece in its own right and delivered in a single performance.

The overall theme draws on the visual metaphor of a tree to explore what it means to be family together. The basic concept is to explore the different shapes and sorts of family, all of whom have the commonalities of foundations (roots), growth (shoots) and outcomes (fruits). The theme connects into the idea that, whatever our earthly family tree looks like, we are all part of God's family tree and members of his global family. The focus for the five individual sessions is as follows:

  • The tree is planted (belonging)
  • The sapling tree (appropriate boundaries and encouragement)
  • The tree bears fruit (valuing ourselves and others)
  • The tree sends out seeds (sharing what we have)
  • The tree in maturity (resting on the promises of God)

Ideal for:

  • One-off specials
  • Midweek events
  • Holiday programmes
  • Away days
  • Sunday worship
  • Churches Together initiatives

From the Introduction:

One surefire way of building strong relationships is to have fun together - and if that fun involves learning something about our heavenly Father along the way, all the better. The material in this book is intended to provide opportunities to do just that in a variety of ways. Included are five themed sessions, each one using craft, storytelling, games and challenges, puppets, a serial drama, an interactive sketch and a reflective prayer time to explore an aspect of the umbrella theme for the five sessions, which is 'family'.

Each session lasts approximately two hours, although it could be shortened by omitting some of the elements or lengthened by adding in a time for refreshments. The sessions can be linked to provide a consecutive five-day programme, culminating in an optional family-friendly service; they can be delivered individually over a longer time-frame, or each session can stand alone as a 'one-off'. Alternatively, the various elements that make up the sessions can be used independently, providing you with a flexible resource for use in a wide range of contexts such as inclusive, family-friendly acts of worship, church weekends away, churches working together initiatives and so on.

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Author info

Sue has been involved for many years in running after-school drama clubs, workshops and holiday clubs. She is author of Brush Strokes (Kevin Mayhew) and has written the scripts for ten Out of the Ark Music productions, including Table Manners, Hoodwinked, Wind in the Willows and, most recently, Cinderella n Rockerfella.

Reviews

From Church Times - 2 August 2013

Sue Langwade's Let's Get Together! includes dramas and puppetry, crafts, games, resources for quiet spaces and reflective prayer, and easy-to-do take-home ideas in an all-age setting. Using the metaphor of a tree that grows and reaches maturity, Langwade explores what it means to belong to the Christian family and community. Everyone participating is encouraged to join in, and, by having fun together over five sessions, members of the church family grow in their relationships. If the whole church could be persuaded to engage in these activities, the resource would particularly suit a parish weekend.

Reviewed by Revd Dana Delap is Assistant Curate of St James and St Basil, Fenham, in the diocese of Newcastle.

Book details

  • ISBN: 9781841018843
  • Published: 18 January 2013
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
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