Nook ‘Em is a variation of volleyball that requires the less practiced skill of actually playing volleyball. In Nook ‘Em, there is no bumping, setting or spiking, instead it's all about catching and throwing. The object is to get all players of the opposing team out. To do that the ball must drop to the ground. If the ball lands on the ground the closest person to where the ball landed is out. Just like volleyball the ball goes back and forth between the teams. Each team gets 3 catches to get the ball over the net. Once all players from one team have gotten out, the game is over.
We all need a break. Life tends to cling onto us tightly. Our jobs, our finances, our possessions—they can all take control of us from time to time. We begin to lose sight of the things that truly matter in life—the things that God has called us to focus on in our short time on earth—like loving God and loving others.Your church needs a retreat from the everyday life. Yes, your entire church body—from your eldest elder down to your newest member—needs a way to refocus.
But, Mousie, thou art no thy laneIn proving foresight may be vain:
The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft a-gley,
An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
For promised joy.
These lines—taken from a Scottish poem by Robert Burns and sourced by John Steinbeck for his Of Mice and Men novel—could easily be used to describe the majority of corporate team retreats. Despite all the scheming and dreaming of a successful event, they still seem to go awry.
Maybe it's because your company has never asked the right questions about these events. Maybe because a vision's never been formed. Maybe because goals have never been set. Maybe because the right people are never invited.
If you’re considering a corporate retreat this year, before you look at any locations, consult any calendars, and make any deposits, be sure your company asks six very important questions first:
Socrates said, “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” And as a teacher, you understand this philosophy. The more you learn and the more you educate, the more you learn of the need to keep on educating.
Home is where the heart is. And for some kids away at sleepover camp, it can feel as though that heart is a million miles away.
These days, it doesn’t take much effort for kids to learn about the nature that surrounds them. Got a question? Google it. Need to watch something in action? YouTube it. Want to talk to others about it? Tweet it. Thanks to today’s technology, kids can find the answers they need right at their fingertips.
In the beginning, God created the tree. The family tree.
Look in the Bible, and you’ll see it didn’t take long for God to proclaim His desire for the family unit. Immediately after creating man and woman in His own image, God commanded them to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…” (Genesis 1:28a ESV). And a few chapters later, Adam and Eve gave birth to Cain and Abel, becoming the first nuclear family.
Families were important to God. They still are…even in their non-nuclear forms, made up today of a mom and dad, single moms, half-siblings, full siblings, adopted children, step-children, etc.
God wants us to nurture and cultivate our family trees, and to cherish and love all the members hanging from each limb. He wants us to make time for one another, and to love one another in the same way He loved us.
But, of course, it’s not always easy because people aren’t always easy. To build a strong family tree, it takes work and effort. And to create lasting memories, it takes planning.
Here are five ways to make your next family get-together the most memorable it can be as you strive to nurture your family tree:
1. Share Old Photos
Ask each family to bring old photos of their own family and from previous generations. Then, delegate someone to scan all the images—either at the reunion or shortly thereafter—and burn DVDs for each family to keep. You’ll find yourself laughing and crying about memories you forgot about or never even knew existed.
2. Take New Photos
Each time you meet, be sure someone snaps new photos of the entire clan. You may also consider hiring a photographer or asking a family friend to take pictures at the next reunion so that everyone gets in the pictures. And be purposeful about capturing specific members of your family. Take photos of the youngest with the oldest, all the cousins together, just the women, etc. And afterwards, make sure that each family member receives digital copies of each image to keep.
3. Sketch Your Family Tree
Bring a laptop or a large piece of paper and layout your own family tree. To make it easy, start by listing out the family members alive today and work backwards, as far as everyone can remember. You might also consider asking some family members to do some research ahead of time. And here again, make sure everyone receives a copy of the finished family tree.
4. Record Your Tall Tales
Every family has those stories passed down from one generation to the next, embellished a little more with each telling. And every family has that one person who loves to be the family storyteller. Set up a video recorder at your next get-together and capture each legendary tale so that they can go forward to future generations.
5. Visit Key Family Landmarks
Instead of meeting at the local park shelter for your next reunion, visit a site that means something to your family. Maybe it’s a church where grandparents married or a farmhouse someone owned or a factory that employed several generations. Let your family members—young and old—experience firsthand a piece of their own family history.