Here’s a messy summer youth group game helping students understand God’s will.

Use it for an upcoming game night, summer event or Wednesday night.


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Bible: Hebrews 10:36


  • Four Plastic dishwashing tubs
  • Two 117-ounce cans of baked beans
  • Can opener
  • Four cones

Game Prep:

  • This is a messy, outdoor game.
  • Use a cone to mark a starting point and another cone to mark the finish – for each team.
  • Each team will need two dishwashing tubs.
  • Dump half of a can of baked beans in each dishwashing tub.
  • Divide students into two teams of equal size and have them form single file lines.
  • Assign a team to each cone that marks the starting point.
  • Have all students take their shoes and socks off.


Say: The goal of the game we are about to play is simple – get from the starting cone to the finishing cone.

You will do that by using your team’s dishwashing tubs, that are filled with baked beans, to create a path to the finish cone.

Choose two people from your team that will be the tub movers for everyone on their team throughout the game.

When I say GO, the first person in your team’s line will start making their way to the “finish” cone. 

One tub mover will set a tub directly in front of you, and you will step into it.

Then, the other tub mover will place the other tub directly in front of the other one.

They will keep moving the tubs so that you can walk all the way across to the other cone.

Then, when you reach the cone, the tub movers will run the tubs back to the beginning, and the next person will take their turn.

When all of your team members have made it from the start cone to the finish cone – you win!


Say: I want us to jump right into a topic for us to discuss – God’s will.

Ask: How would you describe “God’s will” to someone new in their faith?

Allow a few responses from students.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you have probably thought, “how do I know what’s God’s will is for my life?”

Let’s take a look at a scripture that helps us understand God’s will for our lives.

Read Hebrews 10:36.

Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will.

Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Ask: Do you struggle to be patient with situations and people in your life? Why?

Allow a few responses from students.

I struggle too – we all do!

Bible verses like this help us understand that all of us struggle, but there is hope – it’s not a lost cause.

When we talk about doing “God’s will” we’re referring to having a heart that is obedient to what God wants for our lives. 

Someone who wants to do God’s will invests time in prayer, studying the Bible, and seeking out godly counsel from others. 

To “continue to do God’s will” we have to have a starting point and the best time to start is right now.

But like I said before, it’s not always easy – it takes patient endurance.

Ask: What do you think is God’s will for your life? How do you know?

Allow a few responses from students.

In my life, there have been different points where I believed God was leading me in a specific direction and I had to trust that I was doing God’s will because I was trying to be obedient to God.

Share a personal story of a time when you knew you were following God’s will for your life.

As you grow older and grow in your faith, you will begin to see how faithful God has been in your life.

The experience of seeing God’s will fulfilled in your life builds your faith and helps you draw closer to Him.

Also, you can take a look at the lives of other people and see how they have known they were following God’s will.

“God’s will” doesn’t refer to one single plan that God has for your life… and if you mess up, then you have missed God’s will.

Imagine you are using a map on your cell phone to get to your friend’s house and you miss a turn.

No one would think that means you should turn around, go home, and forget about going to your friend’s house.

No, it means that you need to allow the directions to create a new route to get to where you’re going.

Then, you can continue to travel to your friend’s house.

God can course correct any mistakes that you make in your life because He doesn’t give up on you.

If you have the fear that you are going to mess up God’s plan for you, then ask Him to help you understand His everlasting love for you.

God’s will is for you to obey His Word and trust Him … everything else will fall into place as you trust Him with your whole life.

(End lesson)

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  1. Jass Demease
    • June 5, 2023

    I’m slightly confused. How do I tie in the game with the discussion

    Reply 1 Response
    1. Floretta Sutton
      • July 22, 2023

      The game / lesson is letting us know that while we are on/in life’s journey, things and situations can be quite messy as in misunderstandings, unforeseen circumstances, even financial obstacles, injuries, illness and anything that will hinder your goals, etc. However with unbiased communication with parents, family members along with perseverance, humility, prayer, bible studying and good mentors as coaches and loyal peers will keep you encouraged to get up if you fall.

  2. Bart McKelvey
    • June 20, 2023

    I would like to know what the tie in is as well.

    Reply 1 Response
    1. Ricky
      • June 23, 2023

      Patience and endurance your group will use to overcome the obstacles to their finish line or “Gods Will”

  3. Taylor Brooke
    • February 19, 2024

    I couldn’t relate the game either so we played a game of Yahtzee because sometimes that’s what life feels like. Rolling and rolling and hoping to land on certain numbers and it can even be terrifying and anxiety producing not knowing what you’re going to roll, we also talked about how to not fear his will because it’s always for your good ♥️


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