Media entertains us, but it can also teach and challenge us. You can be proactive by using movie content as a springboard for family discussions about how to live in a way that honors God and advances His kingdom.
Teaching Time: 2 hours
Materials: an age-appropriate movie (documentary on a global issue, movie on an unreached people or the life of a missionary), supplies to make invitations
Create and decorate movie party invitations. Hang them on the doors of your children’s bedrooms while they are away. Include details on when and where they are to meet you. (ie. 6:00 p.m., Mom and Dad’s room, popcorn and drinks provided!). As a family, watch the movie and follow up with these discussion questions. Note: You could also send invitations to another family to join you for the movie and use it as an opportunity to mobilize* others! See the Movies section of the WEAVE resource page for some age-appropriate titles.
Option for tweens and teens: Activism is a popular trend among today’s youth. For many, this means “liking” a Facebook page or wearing a certain colored bracelet. God calls us to a different form of activism. Read Isaiah 58:6-9 with your tweens and teens. Talk with them about their concept of activism and the kind of action to which God calls us. Is there is a specific cause that already touches their hearts? Help them discover more strategic ways to be involved – and participate with them!
- What was the movie about? What stuck out to you the most? Did you learn anything new?
- How does this movie encourage us? How does it challenge us in how we are living our daily lives? If someone were to make a movie about our family, what story would it tell?
Ask God to enable and empower your family to live in a way that encourage and challenges others on their journey with God.
*Definition of mobilize: to find, recruit, and train people to be involved in a cause. This includes raising awareness, promoting a need, giving specific ways to be involved, challenging people to join in, and connecting them to their most strategic role. In missions, the goal of mobilization is for all believers to join the effort to make disciples of all nations.