Game Idea: Clean Heart
Set Up: Designate a large playing
area. If possible cordon off the play area into the shape of a heart. Fill
the heart with items of various sizes and shapes to represent sin (ie.
cones, scarves, cups, rolled up newspaper, boxes, etc.). Establish a start line 15'-30' away
from the "point of the heart."
How To Play: Divide players into
teams. (No more than 5 players per team) Tell the players the playing
area represents a heart (a life) filled with sin. Have the teams line
up at the start line. At the go the first player on each team must run
into the heart and remove one item. Then run back to his or her team line to
rid the item "a sin," then tag off to the next player
line. Next player in line
takes his or her turn. Play continues like this until all the
How To Win: The team with the most
sins removed from the heart is the winning team.
After the Game Discussion: All
those items we collected represented the sins in our lives. Some were big
"sins" and some were small "sins." We sometimes look at our own sins as
big and small sins too. Telling a lie or being unkind, we might consider to be a small
sin, verses stealing something or killing someone. Those we would think of as big
God doesn't measure sin like that. God tells us that ALL sin is wrong
and that ALL sins, big and small, separate us from his holy presence.
All sin must be punished. The only way we can rid ourselves of sin is to trust in Jesus to save us and forgive us. Jesus died in our place to take the punishment that we deserve
for sinning. When we believe Jesus did that for us, and we ask him to
forgive us, we are forgiven, and our hearts are cleansed.
(Reference verses: Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23,
and Romans 10:9-10.)
Optional Game: Repent
Set Up: Designate a large playing
area. Begin with one player, the opposing player, at one end of the
playing area. (Represents the wrong way.) Have the other
players lock arms and line up at the opposite side of the playing
area, the starting line. (Represents the right way.)
How To Play: At the go, the
players locking arms must walk quickly towards the other side of the
playing field, the wrong way, until the teacher yells, "Repent!",
at which time players unlock arms, turn around, and run back to the
starting line before the opposing player can tag them. Any players who
are tagged must go to the opposing side of the playing area to
join the opposing side. Play continues like this until one player is
left on the "right" side of the field.
The opposing players may heckle the other
players by saying, "Come on over to our side. You know this looks
like fun." The opposing player(s) may not move forward to tag the
other players until the word "Repent" is yelled out. During
play the teacher may tease the players moving in the wrong
direction and say, "You're going in the wrooong
God doesn't want you to go that way in life, but you are not listening
to him. Sometimes the wrong way can look like fun, but in the end it
leads to your doom! You know you need to . . . . . . . REPENT!" (The
tension rises for each child as they come closer and closer to the
How To Win: The last player left
standing on the right side of the playing area is the winner. (You may
decide to make it the last 2 players standing, 3 players, etc.)
After The Game Discussion:
This is a fun way to remember what it means
to repent. (Repent means to recognize you're moving in the wrong
direction, turn around in the opposite direction and move towards God's way.) But unlike our game which required you
to be able to run the fastest to keep away from the wrong way, God has
promised to give you the power and the strength to turn from the wrong
way in life and to follow his way. Psalm 51:10 says, Create in me a
clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. When you
are steadfast, you are determined or committed to
the task. When you are God's child, he will give you the
willpower to be steadfast when you ask him for help.
Suggested Prayer: Dear Jesus,
thank you for cleansing me and forgiving me. Please keep me from going
the wrong way in life, and give me the willpower and the strength to
follow your way. Amen.
Copyright 2002 Sarah
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