Ideas for Family Worship for Jehovah's Witnesses
29 SEP 2017
Family worship night is a part of Jehovah's witnesses' beliefs. According to Isaiah 48:17, Jehovah says, “I, Jehovah, am your God, the One teaching you to benefit, the One causing you to tread in the way in which you should walk." Taking advantage of this extra night of family worship strengthens the bonds between you and your family.
1 Recreational Entertainment
Helping your family to put recreation in its place can be a topic of one of your family worship nights. Help your family understand the importance of not over-indulging in recreational activities to the point that they want to do nothing else. The Bible instructs that you are to present yourself as a "living sacrifice" to God (Romans 12:1) and to "Hate what is bad" (Psalms 97:10). Hating what Jehovah God hates would mean abstaining from supernatural, violent and overly sexual entertainment, such as movies and video games.
2 In-depth Character Study
Doing an in-depth character study can help you and your family feel closer or understand better the people spoken of in the Bible. Do so with the aid of your Watchtower library. The proper use of the Internet can also offer learning resources. For example, when discussing Babylon's ruins or the Sea of Galilee, look up photos online to help better visualize the history you are reading about and discussing.
3 Meeting Preparation
Family worship night is an ideal opportunity to do your meeting preparations together as a family, either for the ministry school or reading that week's upcoming Watchtower together. Make your family night interactive by having each member of the family read portions of the program. Don't feel rushed. If you are reading from the scriptures and notice a person or place that you do not recognize, don't hesitate to refer to your Watchtower library and become better acquainted with what you are reading.
4 Problem Discussion
If your significant other or child is having a particular problem, use your worship night to touch on the matter. Perhaps your teenage child is lonely or is considering dating. The family worship night would be an ideal opportunity to touch on these issues or any issues your children might be facing at school or work. It would be good to keep in mind the subject matter of your family member’s problem as you would not want to have a family discussion about a private or embarrassing matter.
5 Studying Alone
For those who may not have family nearby, don't be discouraged. You can use your family worship night to further your own personal study. While study should be done every day, take this opportunity of a free night to delve deeper into spiritual issues. If you have friends at your hall who have families, perhaps ask if you can attend one of their family worship nights.