Character games are activities in which Christian youth can partake to learn more about biblical characters. While many of the games revolve around a particular character, others are based on teaching character traits such as honesty, integrity and perseverance. Whichever type of game you choose, the youth are guaranteed to enjoy themselves as they become more deeply immersed in the Word of God and the truths contained within its pages.
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Divide your group into teams of at least three players. Using cling film, aluminium foil, paper towels and duct tape, each team must create a sculpture out of one of its teammates. (Instruct each team that no wrappings of any kind should be placed on the face of the chosen teammate.) The team can decide on its own character to sculpt, or you can assign a different character to each team. Some interesting ideas include Moses holding the Ten Commandments, Samson in a muscular pose and Daniel praying on his knees. Set a timer for the desired amount of time for each team to complete its masterpiece. Teams can then take turns trying to guess which Bible character the sculpture depicts.
Who Am I?
Place a sign with the name of a Bible character on the back of each person. The person must figure out which character he is by asking yes/no questions to others in the room. Once he has guessed correctly, he may remove the sign. Some sample questions are: (1) Am I a man? (2) Am I in the Old Testament? (3) Am I a prophet? (4) Am I a good man? (5) Am I a disciple? For younger children, use Bible names that are familiar, such as Noah, David and Daniel. For older children, it can be very educational to delve into some lesser known characters such as Agrippa, Stephen or Deborah.
This game is best played in conjunction with the story of the calling of Moses to lead God's people out of Egypt. When God told Moses of his plans, Moses argued with God because he felt he wasn't up to the task, especially since he felt he wasn't an eloquent speaker. Instead of berating Moses for his arguments, God allowed Aaron, Moses' brother, to go with Moses to aid him in this task. In this way, Aaron was a helping hand to Moses, and as a team, they were successful in leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. Divide your group into teams of two. Assign each team a particular task to perform such as tying a shoe. The catch is that each team member can only use one hand. This is a lot of fun and teaches the importance of being helpful.
This game goes along with the story of God directing Abraham to leave his home for parts unknown. Even though Abraham didn't know where God was leading Him, he trusted God and followed his directions. Prepare an obstacle course by placing raw eggs in random order in a path on the ground. Divide your group into teams of two. One teammate is blindfolded and must traverse the obstacle course by following the verbal directions given by her teammate. Not only is this an excellent game to link with Abraham's story, but it is also a very effective tool for teaching about the importance of listening to God and following his directions.
Multiple times in Scripture, Paul refers to his spiritual walk as a "race." You can easily use this analogy and host different types of races. The theme can be "I press toward the mark" from Philippians 3:14. This game can be used alongside the story of Paul or as a teaching tool for discussing perseverance.
Hit the Giant
Allow your youth to have the opportunity to act as David, the giant killer. Use a yard stick or tape measure to determine the height of Goliath. Use coloured tape to mark the place on the wall. (If you are really creative, you can draw or construct a giant.) Let each person take turns trying to hit the marked spot on the wall with a bean bag. This game is a lot of fun for young children and acts as an excellent reminder of the miracles that God can do through his people. The story of David is particularly effective with youth since David was only a teenager himself at the time of his battle with Goliath.
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