Sidewalk chalk, 2 pieces per youth
Sidewalk with plenty of space to draw
Bibles and pens – 1 for every 2 youth
Slips of paper with different Scripture for each group
Human Foosball – set the youth up in 2 teams like a foosball table. A typical table has rows of 1 by each goal, then rows of 2, then rows of 3 in the middle facing each other. Each row must hold hands and may not move forwards or backwards. Set up chairs or cones at each end for the goals. Use a kickball, thrown into the middle to begin play. Team with most goals scored wins.
Have the youth get into pairs (ask an adult to participate if there is an uneven number). Give each pair a Bible, pen, and slip of paper with 1 scripture on it (scriptures are listed below). Make sure there is room on the paper to write. Ask them to write down what the scripture says about God or the nature of God. Give the youth 8-10 minutes to do this. Then bring the group back together and ask each pair to share what they learned.
Encourage the youth to take some chalk and draw something that describes the nature of God. Allow them to work alone or in groups. When all groups are finished, you can ask each person or group to describe their art to the entire group.
Go back inside, somewhere you can gather everyone together. Ask them to share a word or phrase that describes the nature of God. Allow everyone the chance to share their joys or concerns. Conclude with a song and a prayer or a benediction.
1. If you have more than 32 youth (there are 16 scriptures) either duplicate the scriptures or add more that talk about the nature of God.
2. If it is nice outside, it is a nice option to do this entire program outside, including game, Bible study, and drawing time.
Isaiah 40:21-23, 25-26
1 Timothy 6:13-16
Ezekiel 1:27-28; 10:4
1 John 1:5-9
1 Samuel 2:6-10
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