During the Christmas season, many students long for peace because they don’t have it in their hearts and minds.
The stress and/or boredom of the holidays often brings out anxiety, fear, depression, and loneliness that they feel year-round.
Use this game, based on Ephesians 2:14, to help students realize that Christ has already brought the peace that they seek. All they have to do is accept it.
Hope you have a peaceful day 🙂
– Nick Diliberto, Ministry to Youth
CHRISTMAS YOUTH MINISTRY GAME ON PEACEDOWNLOAD PDF OF THIS GAME
Bible: Ephesians 2:14 (NLT)
• Red Solo Cups
• Green Solo Cups
• Christmas music
For this game, you will need red and green Solo Cups and an ample gameplay space.
If you can’t find green Solo cups, you can substitute white cups.
Set up a table at one end of your gameplay space.
Divide students into two teams of equal size.
Give each of the players on one team a red Solo cup.
Give each of the players on the other team a green (or white) Solo cup.
Feel free to play Christmas music while the students play the game.
HOW TO PLAY THE GAME
Say: I have a brand-new game that I think all of you will enjoy!
Granted, it will temporarily put our group at “war” with each other, but it will be a lot of fun.
Each of you has been given a Solo Cup.
I need everyone to put one of your hands on your hip.
Then, make a fist with the other hand, put it up in the air, and place your Solo cup on top of it.
When I say, “Go,” your team’s goal is to snatch a Solo cup from the other team, run to the table, and set it down.
The first team to build a pyramid out of the six cups you have collected will win the round.
Then, we will return the cups to the teams and play another round.
After several rounds, we will tally the points and declare a winner.
Say: I think we should go ahead a call a “truce” from our cup war.
That was a great game, but if we had continued playing, it could have become more intense.
As humans, we crave peace and feel uncomfortable with turmoil and unrest.
Since sin entered the world, God has desired a peaceful relationship with us.
The word, “peace,” is mentioned in all but one New Testament book.
It’s a central theme in Christianity.
When the angels appeared to the shepherds out in the field, they declared, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Their message was straight from God and again expressed His desire for peace be-tween God and man.
Read Ephesians 2:14.
For Christ himself has brought peace to us.
He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us.
During the Christmas season, many people long for peace because they don’t have it in their hearts and minds.
The stress of the holidays often brings out anxiety, fear, desperation, and loneliness that people feel year-round.
Some look at everything that is happening in the world and only see the bad that’s happening instead of seeing all of the wonderful things God has done.
They do not realize that Christ has already brought the peace that they seek and all they have to do is accept it.
As Christians who already have peace with God through a relationship with Him, we still might struggle with anxiety and stress.
There are two things you can do this Christmas season that will help you experience the peace God has for you: be grateful and focus on God.
When we take time to give thanks for all God has done, it moves our eyes from our problems to God’s goodness.
You can also make it a point to focus on God.
The holidays can be so busy that we forget who it’s all about—Jesus.
Remind yourself that Christmas is about Jesus coming to earth to provide salvation for mankind.
When can you focus on God?
Every time you hear a Christmas carol, let the meaning of the words come to life.
Whenever you receive a gift, remember the gift of salvation that God has given to you.
How can you focus on God?
Make the holidays about others instead of about what you will receive or enjoy this Christmas season.
Opportunities to carry peace to others are all around us.
Be grateful and focus on God this Christmas and see if it doesn’t bring a little more peace to you amongst all of the hustle and bustle.