In the 1800’s there was no TV, computers, or i-Pads. Take the women back to a simpler time by playing some games from that era.
Board games of all types were played in the front pallor. Many of these games are still popular today. Set up tables throughout the room with some of these games—Chess, Monopoly, UNO, Scrabble.
Game of Graces
This was a popular activity for young girls during the early 1800’s. It was considered a proper game benefiting young ladies and, supposedly, tailored to make them more graceful.
How to Play
This game is played with two people, with each person using two dowel rods. One of the players takes a wooden hoop and, pushing apart the two rods, sends the hoop into the air for the other player to try to catch. The winner is the player who is first to catch the hoop ten times. You can find a video on YouTube showing how to play the game.
Materials Needed to Make the Hoops
- 9” Wooden embroidery hoop (1 per group)
- 3/8” dowel rods (2 for each participant)
- Assortment of colored ribbons
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Have each group member pick out 2–3 color ribbons and share a special thought, person, or memory those specific colors represent.
- Wrap ribbons around the embroidery hoop, crisscrossing the colors.
- Hot glue the ends of the ribbons to the embroidery hoop.
- Using the same colors, make two small sets of streamers and attach them to opposite ends of the hoop.
- Scrapbook squares/cardstock (cut into assorted sized squares)
- Hole punchers
- Provide each woman with a couple of squares. Ask them to decorate their pages to represent something about themselves:
- Their name in calligraphy
- A picture
- A favorite scripture.
- Or just make an abstract pattern.
- Combine the squares as a group.
- Punch holes along edges.
- Tie the squares together with yarn.
Check the following website for additional help: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/tablerunners/free-table-runner-patterns?page=24
Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue
“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” For centuries, these words have been proclaimed through the voices of Americans. As children, we remember taking a stand beside our desks, right hand over heart and clearly declaring this promise to ourselves, our country, our God.
This declaration, recited each morning in schools all across America, has stood as a proclamation of our steadfast allegiance to our country and our God. Ever since that momentous day on July 4, 1776, our country has become an independent entity committed to purity, justice and loyalty. Just as King Solomon established and dedicated the temple, so too was our beautiful country prayed over and dedicated back to the Lord.
Read 2 Chronicles 7:11–16 (NIV)
God made three very important promises in 2 Chronicles 7:14. He promised to hear us from heaven, to forgive us of our sin and to heal our land. We know that God’s promises are always good, and we can be assured of His mercy, grace and love. There is never any question of this. However, just as we can count on God to hear, forgive and heal, we must be willing to do our part. We must humble ourselves, pray, seek Him and turn from our wicked ways. Only by doing this can we expect blessings to come to us.
Some question if we can believe that God will hear us. Can our country be healed or are we beyond forgiveness? It almost seems fantastic to imagine a utopia in America without drastic measures being taken. The truth is that the things we question for the future, God has already planned out. Our country must be like a temple: anointed and dedicated to God. We must be what we were born to be: God’s chosen people. Although we as people and as a country may fail, if we rely on the Lord, He will certainly pick us back up again. We need to focus on doing our part to ensure that we are giving Christ our all.
Let us pray.
Lord, we are your people. We have fallen so far, but we know that only You can pick us back up again. Hear our prayer. Forgive us. Heal us. So that we may, once again, become a chosen nation for You. Help us to guide others to You and to remember to spread the love, grace and mercy that you have always shown us. We ask all these things in Your name. Amen.
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