At ICC, we want to grow closer to God and one another. And we want our families to thrive. It’s great when this happens reflexively, organically. But often this takes directed effort. Family times on Sunday afternoons are a great place to start an emphasis on having meaningful conversations. We can make memories and connections within our families through intentional dialogue. But even after we put away the headphones, how do we spark meaningful conversation?
Here are some suggested questions to ignite family discussion from the I Love Sundays study guide, by Jeremy Jones:
- What is your earliest memory?
- What story do you remember about the oldest relative you know?
- How does the pastor’s/teacher’s talk apply to you?
- What was most interesting about the message/class at church today?
- What is the nicest thing a friend has ever done for you?
- If you could pick your own name, what would it be? Why?
- If you could be an animal, what would it be? Why?
- What superpower would you choose to have? Why?
- Tell a fact or story about your family’s heritage.
- What is your favorite thing about being with our family?
- If you could change one thing about our family, what would it be and why?
- Who is your favorite Bible character? Why?
- Name three things you are thankful for.
- What is your favorite worship song and why?
- If you could go back in time, which of Jesus’s miracles would you witness live?
- Whom would you like to talk with in heaven? Why?
If you are really ambitious, place these questions and some of your own into a container. Have each family member take a turn drawing one, and discover just how wonderful a dynamic conversation can make your Sunday afternoons or mealtimes (or family times anytime during the week)!