Hi parents,

I’m digging into my actual personal family vault. When my kids were younger we played games and called them “God Games!” We made some great memories and my kids still talk about some of these crazy things we did. We used a book that gave us ideas of games and activities to do together to have some fun and create some laughter. And there was an easy tie in to some scripture too. The ideas I include each week are the ones that we actually did!


These ideas will probably work best with kids from 2nd grade to 8th grade. But you can maybe tweak them a bit to fit younger or older kids. I think it’s worth a shot!


Summer seems like a good time to do these, so I will include one idea each Sunday for the next few weeks. Go to the Junkyard Facebook page to see the book pages with instructions. These are just ideas. Some will sound fun, some will sound lame. Use what you want. No pressure. You won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t do them.


Some of you might already do things like this so it will be easy to start. Some of you have never done anything like this before. So just start off by saying something like, “Hey fam, so this guy named Doug from the Ridge said we should try playing some sort of God Games together. So, we’re gonna give it a shot. Let’s just see what happens. If it’s lame then we can totally blame him.”


And here are a couple other pointers to keep in mind that I think are VERY important. These pointers are things I kept in mind when I did them with my family.

1. The most important thing is to have fun and create some memories and maybe laugh together. If that’s all that happens, that is a HUGE WIN! Be totally satisfied with that!

2. Don’t worry about spending a lot of time with the scripture part. If your kids have input or have questions, then great! But if they don’t say much, then that’s okay too.


Have fun! And if you want to look for the book and get one for yourself, it’s called…

Mashed Potatoes, Paint Balls and other indoor/outdoor Devotionals You Can Do With Your Kids by Tim Shoemaker.