A fun game to help the children think about being one, but also being different
This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Philippians 1: 1 - 11.
Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with and through the Spirit and urges us to be one in mind and spirit. What does it mean to be one? Does it mean that we should all be the same? Or is it actually a good thing that we’re different?
This is fun game on Philippians 2: 1 - 11 about being an unity together while still being all different. It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.
What do you need:
- a large play parachute
What do you do:
In a few minutes we are going to play a fun game together. This game is all about being one and at the same time being completely different.
- How can we be one and at the same time be completely different?
- Can you give an example? (like a sports team)
- Why is it important to be one in a sport team? (same goal / same objective / working together / using each other's different strengths)
Paul tells the church in Philippi that they are one. They belong together.
- If the church in Philippi would be like a sports team - what would be their goal and their objective?
- If we are like a sports team - what would be our goal and our objective?
- How can we work together to reach that goal?
- Which unique strengths and gifts do we need?
Put the children in a large circle and get them to all hold on to a large parachute. Practise raising and lowering the parachute together.
Raise the parachute and call out a word, for example ‘boys’. Now all the boys have to run underneath the parachute to the other side.
Try to think of some things that only apply to one or two children, and others that apply to the whole group. Try to think of different gifts, strengths and talents.
We can be very different to each other in some things and alike in others, but whether we’re alike or different, we can form one body, just as we are all holding the parachute.