Beginning the New Year with a plan to include new family traditions and quality time together is a great way to start 2015 on the right foot. Focusing on ways to keep your kids and their friends or youth group buddies excited about activities to do together that don’t necessarily involve electronics can be a wonderful blessing to your home, your family friends and the church. Coming up with a list of healthy alternatives to play besides video games or texting could include some of the fun and challenging board games and card games now available at Family Christian Stores with laugh out loud fun and Christian values to boot. Starting a tradition of weekly or monthly Family Game Nights in the home or in churches can potentially bring a renewed sense of unity and increase your family bond.
First, I recommend creating an atmosphere of fun and delight for your family every month by scheduling Family Game Nights on your personal and church calendars. I encourage church youth leaders and children’s program directors to incorporate this as a method to create new friendships among it’s congregation. Help families build bonds with each other through laughter and conversations over game time that will help support the church body for years to come. We have found many creative, strategic, and humorous games at the Family Christian Store that add the element of Christian values and Bible learning into the mix at the same time. We invite you to check out some of the incredible games we reviewed for this post:
Redemption Bible Card Game:
This well-structured strategic card game created by Rob Anderson of Cactus Game Design is perfect for dads and moms to learn and play along with their kids (Kids must be decent readers) and comes highly recommended by my family. It is available for purchase both in store and online at Family Christian.
We have personally met and enjoy a friendship with the owner, Rob Anderson, of Cactus Game Design and see his passionate vision to continue to create card games and board games that bring families closer together once again. My husband and son have always thoroughly enjoyed this Redemption card game (and still do!) and hubby has loved teaching it to our son and youth groups since 2004. Now 17 yrs old, my son assists in teaching others how to play Redemption as well. (That’s my son in the pic.)
We have believed in the value of this particular game for a long time and have held Redemption tournaments as hosts for over 10 years now including everything from Local, District and State Tournaments in CT, and then later holding many years of FL Local, District, State, and Regional Tournaments. Hubby and son personally play the game in other competitions too and have won medals for ranking among top 3 spots this past year nationally in their respective categories. If you have kids with a competitive nature who love strategic thinking and desire for them to develop a deeper understanding of the Bible, this game is a must try.
Redemption is currently the second longest active trading card game and because of it’s great family friendly value, it remains something we share and promote to anyone we meet. It is the only collectible card game where every card in print is legal for tournaments with thousands of unique cards available for deck building and tournament play. Plus, knowing every card represents a Bible verse on it helps encourage Bible memorization and learning every time they play!
We’ll be holding open tournaments in 2015 and some will be held at our local Family Christian Store in Lakeland, FL. (See location at bottom of post) Be watching for upcoming dates to put on your calendar. We invite you to bring your family, youth group and pastor to come learn the game. My husband and son will be happy to teach you.
The Redemption Bible Card game comes in starter decks, tins with expansion cards to help improve your deck, and booster packs for those who want to find more power cards and necessities to sculpt and shape the strategy of their deck in different ways. Lots of choices and lots of fun! Try Redemption today and begin an adventure that can last for years to come. We’re going on 10+ years of family fun with this game! You can too!
Apples to Apples Bible Edition
We love this game! We have both the regular and Bible editions and I personally choose the Bible version as our favorite. Even our daughter who recently turned 8 is quickly getting the hang of it. She says she will be the one to beat as she grows in her Bible knowledge. Gotta love her competitive spirit!
Apples to Apples Bible Edition is just incredibly fun the way it was set up and designed. Many families we’ve talked with all enjoy this game too! It makes laughter and good clean fun easy to have in your home on a regular basis as a family.
Apples to Apples Bible Edition is another great selection from Cactus Game Design that is available at Family Christian and would make a wonderful choice for your Family Game Night. See below for more information about the game play.
Apples to Apples: Bible Edition is the wild party game that provides instant fun for everyone! It’s easy – just deal the cards and you’re ready to play. Select the card from your hand that you think is best described by a card played by the judge (don’t worry – everyone gets a chance to be the judge). If the judge picks your card, you win that round!
Each round is filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events from our Christian history. Fast moving and refreshing, Apples to Apples is perfect for any get together with family and friends!
Ages: 8 & up.
$30.00 at Family Christian
Scrabble: Bible Edition
Have you ever played Scrabble? It’s a fun word game for the whole family isn’t it? If you love Scrabble, then you should LOVE Scrabble Bible Edition even more! I was so tickled when I spoke with Rob and his family the year this game was coming out. They worked on creating this Bible Edition of the game together. Each member of their family chipped in to make it turn out terrific! I was so impressed! How cool would it be to involve your kids and get their input on what makes a game extra fun and add the importance of incorporating Bible learning into the game? I encourage you to give this Scrabble Bible Edition a try. It makes me smile every time I play it.
Celebrate beloved stories from the Bible as you play round after round of America’s favorite word game! Scrabble: Bible Edition features new rules, including a new Bonus Word Guide and a specially-designed game board with new word challenges.
No two games are alike as you draw on your biblical knowledge to spell unique words with spiritual significance!
- Custom game board
- 4 Racks
- 100 Letter tiles
- Letter bag
- Instructions with Bonus Word Guide
Ages: 8 & up.
Players: 2 to 4
Here’s an adorable way to include even your youngest family members into Family Game Night with Bible Bingo! My 3 year old and his 8 year old sister adore playing this together. We even included their Gramma in a game recently and had little prizes for them to win if they got Bingo first. The game pieces are colorful with easy-to-recognize symbols to help little ones build confidence in their game play. Bible Bingo is extremely affordable at just $8.99! What are you waiting for? Pick up Bible Bingo
today, grab some munchies as prizes and let the excitement begin! Your little ones will thank you for it and beg to play again and again!
Bingo! I mean – “Bible!” Bible Bingo puts a new twist on an old classic. Just cover the Christian symbols on your card to form a diagonal, vertical or horizontal line and win! Bible reference verses on each piece make it easy to look up passages while playing a fun family game.
Family Game Night is a great opportunity to pour your heart into your kids. Make it special – make it shine! Show your family they are worth planning ahead and preparing for to make each Family Game Night a memorable one! Some additional suggestions for adding atmosphere and purpose to your Family Game Nights are:
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1. Pick up a couple Christian music CDs from popular artists to play in the background and create the mood for the evening. Some current top hit suggestions are:
2. Choose a good devotional book to refer to for a short, but meaningful moment of Bible Study and reflection with your family, friends or youth group. Providing an object lesson in association with your mini devotional can be very effective as well. Don’t be afraid to make it something humorous to help make a memory that will stick the point of your lesson in their minds forever. Some suggested Devotional books are:
3. Open and close your Family Game Night with a word of prayer. There are few things that can establish a better foundation then showing your family the value of prayer. Helping our children, youth and their friends understand that God is the center of all things and that He deserves our thanks, and our time in continuing to build a close relationship with Him can have a greater impact on our young people than you’ll ever know.
Here’s a 40% Off Coupon good from today through Martin Luther King Day! Now you can grab one of these great games and start your own Family Fun Night traditions for a very affordable price!
The location of the Family Christian Store we frequently shop and will use for holding future Redemption Tournaments in Lakeland, FL:
3700 US Highway 98 N, Lakeland, FL 33809