This past week at our church, we had our first ever “FBC Kids Family Week.” During this week, we wanted to emphasize the importance of families spending time together and provide some opportunities for them to do so.

On Sunday Morning, we had “Family Services,” where children and parents worshiped together in the way that we usually do in our children’s worship services. Children are always welcome to attend our main services with their parents, but this particular Sunday, we played Parents vs. Kids Minute to Win It games and I taught the “lesson” in a similar way as I do in our children’s area. It was a lot of fun!

On Wednesday we had a family night at a farm in our community where families could eat and play together, participate in hay rides, pet animals, etc.

One of the ongoing “events” that we held during the week was a “Family Selfie Challenge.” Here’s a graphic that tells a little about what we did.


We had many great entries in the contest/challenge, and it promoted families to spend time together all week-long. Here are some of the excellent photos that were submitted, including one that I photo-bombed. :-)

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Feel free to try this idea at your church! The most difficult part about this event was promotion and encouraging everyone to participate, but providing a nice prize for the families helped with this tremendously.

Do you have any ideas to promote families in your church spending time together? Be sure to share them in the comments or on social media!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.