Open Sesame

This is a simple, fun game I created when I was a youth minister. We had an evening outing that required the teens to get in and out of the church van quite often — we were going here and there.

I gave each of my youth a different Bible verse and cite to remember. For example:

“God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

In order to get in or out of the van, each teen had to say his or her verse and the cite. By the end of the evening, everyone knew everyone else’s verse.

Obviously, they expected Bible games from me. You will have to gauge what your family will think is fun. If you have control of the refrigerator, require everyone to say their verse to open it. If your family goes in and out a lot, use it for the house door. If you have a pool, have everyone say their verse to get in and out of the water. A trampoline? Say the verse to get on or off. If you are playing a water bucket game, you can only fill your bucket if you say your verse. You get the idea.

At night, put new verses on note cards and give them out each morning. Each can use his or her card to refresh his or her memory, but no one can read from it. View the card, put it away, and then say the verse.

Require the cards to be kept somewhere else as time goes on. In other words, at first each family member can put them in a pocket, then later they have to leave them in their bedrooms.

If you think you will get resistance, start with a meal verse if you eat together. After your meal prayer, everyone says his or her verse. Then expand to other things gradually.

Let us know what works for your family.

The idea is to give your kids a memory of fun with Jesus, not fear, as we await a cure.




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