Jesus' last commission to the disciples was in Matthew 28:19, in which he told them to go into the world and make disciples. In Acts 1:6-11, Jesus ascends into heaven. As the disciples watched, two angels stood by and said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you, will come in the same way as you saw him go." Ascension Day games reinforce this Bible story for Sunday school students.
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Looking for Jesus - Memory Verse Game
Send one or two "disciple" children out of the room. Hide a Jesus figure somewhere in the room with the remaining children watching. Bring the "disciple" children back in the room, and as they look for Jesus, the rest of the children should recite the day's memory verse: "Go ye into all the world and make disciples, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." As the "disciple" children get closer to the hidden Jesus figure, the children should say the verse louder; as they get farther away from the figure, the children's voices will get softer. This will reinforce the Bible verse and help the "disciple" children find the figure.
Follow Jesus - Preschool
Follow the leader, who represents Jesus, around the room doing various activities, such as hopping, skipping, clapping, wiggling fingers, etc., while praise music is played in the background. When the music is turned off, the Jesus leader stops moving. All the children freeze their position and look up. Recite the day's memory verse from Matthew 28:19 and begin with a new leader.
Instead of just answering questions about the Bible lesson, divide the class into two teams and have one student from each team compete to place their "X" or "O" on the board tic-tac-toe style. Draw the standard board of two lines down and two lines across on a chalk or whiteboard. Have one student from each team come up to answer the Bible question. The student with the first right answer gets to place his mark on the board. The team that gets three in a row first wins.
Go Ye into All the World Golf Challenge
Have older, preteen students build a simple miniature golf course in your church yard or classroom. Use plastic cups as the holes instead of digging in the yard. Tell students that following Jesus' instructions was sometimes difficult for the disciples to do. They were to stay in Jerusalem until they received the promised Holy Spirit and then move on to Judea and to Samaria. Name each golf hole after these places and have the children follow the route while golfing with plastic, indoor clubs. Make the final hole heaven. At each golf hole, set up obstacles to make the game a challenge and remind students that the disciples had a lot of challenges in accomplishing their goals, too.
Where are You Going?
Have the children sit on chairs in a circle with one child in the middle of the circle without a chair. The centre child is the angel. He will go up to any child in the circle and ask, "What did Jesus say?" If the child sitting says, "Go to Judea," all the girls change seats and the angel tries to grab an empty seat. If the child says, "Go to Samaria," all the boys change seats. If the child can say the entire memory verse -- "Go ye into all the world and make disciples, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit" -- then everyone has to change seats.
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