As a Jehovah's Witness, some children's activities can be easy like getting together with friends or going on vacation, while others, such as holiday-related children's activities can be more challenging to avoid. Like most other children, JW children participate in activities such as sleepovers, games and non-competitive sports. They also go to theme parks and of course engage in their field ministry, all while upholding moral values based on Bible principles.
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Like any other child, children of the JW faith have friends who they can associate with whether hiking, having a sleepover, party or movie night or going to a theme park. JW teenagers also attend parties, concerts and other such events usually thrown by or with their Christian friends, but always adhere to the Bible's standards regarding alcohol and substance abuse.
Many youths from local congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses organise sporting events for fun, as opposed to the competitive rivalry sometimes displayed by sport-related school activities. These can include the regular baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey and other such activities.
Extra Curricular Activities
The goal of Jehovah's Witnesses is to follow Bible principles. Because of the Witnesses adhering to the scripture found in 1 Corinthians 15:33 ("Do not be misled, bad associations spoil useful habits." - New World Translation) many think that they do not allow their children to participate in extra-curricular activities, however it is up to the conscience of the parent or individual to decide how to proceed with extra-curricular activities such as class field-trips or school clubs.
One thing that sets the Jehovah's Witnesses apart from other religions is their following the command found at Matthew 28: 19, 20 in which Jesus says: "Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things." (New World Translation). While some are too young to grasp the full concept, this admonition is geared towards all, including children. Children regularly accompany their parents in the field-ministry, going door-to-door teaching others about God's kingdom.
Those of JW faith do not participate in parties that are themed around Christmas, Halloween, Easter or other holiday-related parties. Parents can curb the feeling of being left out in younger children by throwing seasonal parties year round such as hosting game-night get-togethers, barbecues or pool parties, costume parties during or having related seasonal activities such as tobogganing, swimming, sledding or playing in the snow.
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