What You Need
A Bible, a tangerine for each team, a permanent black marker for each team,
and teaspoons for each player.
How To Play
Divide into teams. No more than nine players per team. Have the players read Galatians 5:22-23. Each player must choose one of the "Fruits Of The Spirit" and write it on the outside of their teams' tangerine. (If you can't find a tangerine, use an orange. A tangerine is best because it is
easy to peel and has easy-to-separate
sections.) Designate a large playing area. Starting at the center of your playing area,
the teams will work together to reach the outside edges of the playing area. (See animated diagram of red and blue teams,
below.) Player #1 at the outside ends of each team begins to pass their 'fruit' using only their spoons, no hands! When the fruit reaches the last player on
the team, that player rotates to the front of the line and begins to pass the fruit as before. Players continue to pass their fruit, advancing one player at a time, until one of the teams reaches the outer edges of the playing area. The first team to reach the outer edges of the playing area is the winning team! Play as many rounds as you prefer.
After the players have finished playing, have them sit down with their teams in a circle and discuss how they can show the
Fruit of the Spirit attributes that they wrote on their tangerine. "Who can they show love to today?" Or, "Who can they show patience to today?" Or, "Goodness?" etc. After a few minutes of sharing their ideas, have the teams peel their tangerines and each player take a slice of the fruit and eat it. Point out that the tangerine is made up of many pieces, but it is one tangerine. The Bible refers to the
Fruit of the Spirit, not the Fruits of the Spirit. When we are in Christ, the Fruit of the Spirit is in
us, not just individual slices, but the whole fruit of Christ, all
his attributes are present! So peel your fruit today, and allow Jesus
to feed the people you meet!
Copyright 1999 S.A.Keith--For classroom or home use.
Not for resale or
distribution without the written permission of Sarah Keith.
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