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SUNDAY ACTIVITY

April 19th - Holy Humour Sunday

 

CONVERSATION IDEAS

Laughing and telling jokes in church may feel strange for some adults, but it’s probably a welcome change for the children. But this week is Holy Humour Sunday so that’s what we get to do… Laugh!

It’s an old Christian tradition, based on the belief that God played the ultimate prank on the Devil by raising Jesus from the dead. So we celebrate this by taking the Sunday following Easter to laugh, play jokes on each other, and rejoice in the good news that “Jesus is Risen!”.

So expect a few different things to happen during the online service this week. To help you get more involved, have your family get all dressed up in funny clothes and hats for the occasion. Let the children design the outfits for their parents as well as themselves…and make sure to have some good laughs while you’re at it!

In the days leading up to Easter, there were feelings of fear and deep sadness for Jesus’ disciples. But when Jesus rose from the dead, all of those fears went away and they were filled with joy. These days, I’m sure a lot of children (and adults too) are feeling worried and afraid of what the future holds. So it’s really important that we remember what happened with Jesus…that out of a time of sadness came great happiness for us all. God made sure of that!

So why laughter? Have you ever laughed so hard you cried? Our big emotions are so closely tied together that laughter can be a wonderful way to release stress and tension. Young children are great examples of this as they are able to show their emotions quite easily. They laugh when they’re happy and cry when they’re sad. As we grow older, we often forget that it’s okay to show how we feel. So now is probably a good time to let the children take the lead and remind us all how to turn our tears to laughter in Holy Humour!

This week, find time to laugh together, whether it’s in person, on the phone or online. Read a funny story, tell some good jokes, dress up, watch a silly movie, or play games. Talk about some of the things that make us laugh. Have everyone take turns telling a story about something funny that happened to them. Laughter can bring us together, especially in a time when we can feel far apart. God gave us the ability to laugh so let’s make sure we use it well!

Here are some “silly” ideas for you to try :

TELL JOKES

See if these jokes give you a giggle (or a groan!). Can you and your children come up with a few more? Try some Knock Knock jokes too!

Q: How do Angels greet each other?

A: Halo!”

Q: Why didn’t they play cards on Noah’s Ark?

A: Because Noah was standing on the deck!

 

LOOK FOR LAUGHTER IN NATURE

The world world is full of funny things! What are some creatures in nature that make us laugh? Have you seen a picture of a Duck Billed Platypus? There’s one on the colouring sheet below. Here is a link to the “National Geographic Kids” website that has all sorts of interesting videos and photos of animals and strange wonders in nature.

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/videos/

 

HAVE A BACKWARDS DAY

Get “dressed” in your pyjamas, have breakfast for dinner, read a book from the end to the beginning…be creative and laugh lots! Here’s the link to a story of a mixed up day. Be sure to pause on each page to see if you can find everything that has gone wrong on each one. (The narrator gives it away after a few seconds!)

Wacky Wednesday” by Dr Seuss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b653k3-_wIM

 

SING SONGS TOGETHER

What are some of your favourite songs? Can you think of silly songs, happy songs, action songs? Have a family sing-a-long and don’t forget to add in any instruments you have.

Here’s a song the children sometimes sing at Knox. It reminds us that no matter what happens, things will get better!

There’ll be sunshine in the morning

There’ll be sunshine in the morning

There’ll be sunshine in the morning

Sunshine in the morning one of these days.

There’ll Be Sunshine in the Morning”, Words and music: Jim Strathdee, 1969. ©Desert Flower Music. , All rights reserved; Used with permission.    Permission to reprint/ stream/podcast the music in this service obtained from OneLicense.net with license #A-724418.

Can you write your own words to sing to the same tune? For example, “There are cookies in the oven, There are cookies in the oven….etc!” Have some fun and above all, be silly! (A cookie recipe is below in case that made you hungry!)

 

PLAY GAMES

SIMON SAYS…take turns being the leader! Remember to say “Simon Says”!

CHARADES…. Try using the title of hymns or favourite Bible stories for your charades categories. I wonder how charades would work on “Zoom”? Might be fun to give it a try with family members who can’t visit right now!

TWISTER…If you don’t have your own “Twister” mat, make one of your own! Paint coloured circles on an old sheet or use paper plates, scarves, placemats… whatever you can think of! Instead of a dial, you can place instructions (ie right hand on red, left foot on green etc) in a paper bag. Then twist and giggle away!

PICTIONARY…all you need are two teams, a bunch of movie or book titles, some felt pens and lots of paper! Something to time yourself with is good too!

LEARN TO JUGGLE

Try the link below to learn a new skill! Make sure the adults try it too and see who gets the giggles first!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxzSHRbLAx4

HAVE A GIGGLE CONTEST…IT’S INFECTIOUS!

We’re all a bit worried about “catching” things right now. But laughter is the one thing that’s great to catch…and it’s the best medicine of all! Try having one person start giggling and see how long it takes before everyone is rolling on the floor!

HAVE A “SILLY SUNDAY DINNER” TOGETHER

Dress up in your best “silly” outfits and have a special Sunday dinner together. Maybe you can decorate the table with balloons and streamers and make a special place card for each member of the family. Wear party hats, bring out some noisemakers and have a great time! And don’t forget to say a grace before you eat, thanking God for all the wonderful things that make us laugh!

RECIPES

SMILEY FACE PIZZA

Take pizza dough (or a prepared base) and place on oil sprayed baking sheet.

Bake at 350°F 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Spread with sauce and top with grated cheese

Bake at 350°F 8- for 10 minutes or until cheese is nicely melted.

Remove from oven and make face using sliced mozzarella rounds with olives or tomatoes for eyes, pepperoni for nose and eyebrows and a green pepper slice for mouth. Be creative!

 

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Cream together:

I cup soft butter or Margarine

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

In a separate bowl, mix together:

1 1/4 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

Gradually mix wet & dry ingredients together & add:

1/2 pkg Chocolate chips

Drop in rounded teaspoons on a baking sheet and bake in 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!