Game Idea: Search Me...Know Me
Set Up: For indoors or outdoors. A
large playing area is best. Have children hold hands to make a large
circle. If you do not have enough kids to make a large circle, have
the kids hold scarves or ropes between each other to enlarge the
circle area. (Some kids may prefer this anyway so they don't have to
touch.) Blindfold one child and place him or her at the center of the
circle. Choose one child in the circle to be "it".
How to Play: To begin, the blindfolded
child must yell, "Search Me!" and "it" must
respond by yelling, "Know Me!" The blindfolded player then
seeks to find "it". He or she may say, "Search Me"
as often as he or she wishes. "It" must respond each time by
saying, "Know Me". While the search is underway, the circle
of players may move clockwise or counter-clockwise. Once "it" is tagged, the
blindfolded player switches places with "it", and
"it" starts over as before. Play until everyone has had a
turn being "it", or until time runs out.
After the Game Discussion: This game
was a fun way to remind us that when we ask "God to search
our hearts and know us" he will show us our sins, those
things we do to offend him, so we can ask him for forgiveness and live
more like him with our words, our thoughts, and our actions. God
is pleased with the child, or the adult, that has a heart and mind
that wants this kind of relationship with him. It is also wonderful to
know that we can never run away from God and that he'll never let us
go. He will guide his children and hold them fast, just as Psalm 139:10
says, "Your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast."
It is important to note that this Prayer-Psalm is for God's child.
Are you his child? Have you asked Jesus to be your Savior and Forever
Friend? If not, you can do so right now in prayer.
Suggested Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you that you died for me
and have forgiven me of my sins. I want you to be my Savior and
Forever Friend. Thank you for promising to guide me and hold me fast.
Search me and know me, and keep me from sin. Help me to follow you
Optional Game: Search Me...Know Me
Set Up: Players pair up into teams of
two. One player on each team is blindfolded.
How To Play: The
seeing players must lead their blindfolded partners from a starting
point to an end point without touching them. The seeing players must
say, "Search Me", and the blindfolded players must respond
by saying, "Know Me", then move toward the voice of their
partners. Play again, allowing children to switch places.
How To Win: The first team to reach
the end point is the winning team.
Copyright 2002 Sarah
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