Rob Embree

Got Ya!

We normally do this activity over the Christmas vacation because sometimes this will take a couple of weeks to complete. First you find out how many of your youth group want to play. Each member in the game must have a dart gun, nerf gun or something like that, that shoots. Each member of the group is given one person they are to go after and shoot. This should be kept secret and the youth leader should make sure no two people have each other. Once the shooter shoots his target, the target must give the shooter the slip of paper with the name of his target on it. The shooter then goes after the next target until it is down to the final two people. Rules we have added: You can’t shot at anybody while on church property, at work or at school. You can not enter a person’s house without being invited in by a family member. If the target shoots the shooter before the shooter shoots his target, the shooter is not out of the game, but the shooter must leave the area and can’t go after the target again for at least 5 minutes. The shooter must make an attempt on his/her target at least every three days or they are out of the game. The last one left is the winner and we usually have a prize for the winner. The kids have a hard time keeping it secret who they are after, but it does make it more fun because then they never know who is after them. The kids love the game and we have had some good laughs. We have had kids hid in trees or roofs to try and ambush people. He have had dart gun shoot outs in the mall. One time a kid pulled up beside his target at an intersection, jumped out of his car, opened the passenger side door of his targets car and shot him. We have also played this game on a quicker scale by having a “got ya” night activity at the church, where the whole game is played with the kids hiding in and around the church. Enjoy

Trusting Jesus

I read Romans 10:9 and explained briefly that to be saved we must believe in Jesus Christ. Then I read James 2:19 and asked them that since the devil believes does that mean that the devil is saved. I allowed the kids to try to answer the question. I then set a regular folding chair at the front of the room and told the kids to imagine the chair to be Jesus. I explained that what it meant to believe in Jesus was that we had to lean on, depend on and trust in Jesus to get us to Heaven. I then told them that if we pretend this chair is Jesus then I must sit on the Chair to get to heaven. First I sat down on a table near the chair. I then explained although I knew who Jesus (the chair) was, by choosing to sit on the table I would not get to heaven. I then picked up the chair and carried it with me. I explained by going to church or reading my bible I could not get to heaven because I still hadn’t trusted in Jesus(sat in the chair). Finally I sat in the chair (trusted in, leaned on, depended on Jesus)and I was able to get to heaven. I used this illustration with 3rd – 6th graders and it really seemed to make sense to them.