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Isaiah 61 Scavenger Hunt (GAME)


Audience

Children, Teens, Adults

Time

60-90 minutes (depending on how difficult you make the pictures to find)
Description

This scavenger hunt uses images from Isaiah 61 (using the NIV translation).  You will hide 48 pictures representing lines from the chapter, and participants will try to find them.  This activity is designed for group competition.

 

There are two different sets of participant worksheets at the end of this lesson.  You can choose the level of difficulty for your group by selecting either the worksheet with descriptions of the pictures or the one with blanks.  If you choose the one with blanks, participants will have to decide which pictures represent each of the different lines from the Scripture and put them in order.

 

Scriptures

  • Isaiah 61

 

Materials

o  Copies of the participant worksheets at the end of this lesson.  Choose either the one with descriptions or the blank version (if you want to increase the difficulty).  You will need one copy of the worksheet per team.

o  Copies of the pictures representing lines from Isaiah 61.  (One set per team – you can find these pictures on the Lesson and Material Downloads page at www.teachingthem.com.  The name of the file is “Isaiah 61 Scavenger Hunt – Photos.”)  There are 48 pictures in the file.  Print them in color if you can, but black and white will be fine.

o  Tape or some other means of posting the pictures in different places.

o  (Optional) Prizes for the winning team.

o  Bible

Preparation

o  Print out copies of the participant worksheets at the end of this lesson (one per team).

o  Print out copies of the pictures mentioned in the Materials section above (one set per team).

o  Hide all the pictures around the teaching area, outdoors or in a large facility, where the group can be free to run around.  Use the tape or other adhesive to hang the pictures in different places.  You can increase the difficulty by hiding them in difficult-to-find places, or you can make them obvious for younger participants.  You may choose to put multiple copies of each picture in the same place (one copy each for each different team to find), or you can hide them in different places.

o  Divide participants into teams.

 


Procedure

Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “We are going to do a scavenger hunt that will help us better understand a chapter from the book of Isaiah.”
  • “I’ve hidden 48 different pictures.” (Describe the general location where the pictures are hidden.)
  • “Each one represents an image from chapter 61 of Isaiah.”
  • “Each team will compete with the others to see who can find all 48 of the hidden pictures first.”
  • “I’m going to ask that in the interest of good sportsmanship and fairness that you don’t take more than one copy of any of the pictures.”
  • “Each of the 48 pictures is different from the others, so you will only need one copy.”
  • “I’m also going to ask that teams stay together as they search for the pictures.”
  • “That means that you can’t separate to find the pictures faster.”
  • “If you separate, there’s a good chance that you will collect duplicate pictures and make it impossible for another team to finish.”
  • “When you collect all your pictures, come back here and put them in the correct order on the floor (or have them stick them to the wall).”
  • “The first team to put them all in the right order wins!”
  • “Does anyone have any questions?”  (Answer any questions that they have.  Then pass out the participant worksheets from the end of this lesson.  When you are ready, give them the signal to “GO!”  If you need to give hints after awhile to help teams finish, feel free to do so.  When every team has finished, award a prize to the winning team if you would like, and then have them answer the following questions to debrief the activity.)

 

Debriefing Questions

  • o How did your team work together?
  • o What were your strengths as a team?
  • o In what ways could you have improved?
  • o Do the pictures help you understand the Scriptures from Isaiah 61 in a different way?  How so?
  • o Why do you think Isaiah (or God) used so many different metaphors in his writing?
  • o What is your favorite part of the passage from Isaiah 61?
  • o What will you take away from this activity?

 

 

 

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Scripture

Item

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me  
2 Because the LORD has anointed me  
3 To proclaim good news to the poor  
4 He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted  
5 To proclaim freedom for the captives  
6 And release from darkness for the prisoners  
7 To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor  
8 And the day of vengeance of our God  
9 To comfort all who mourn  
10 And provide for those who grieve in Zion  
11 To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes  
12 The oil of joy instead of mourning  
13 And a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair  
14 They will be called oaks of righteousness  
15 A planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor  
16 They will rebuild the ancient ruins  
17 And restore the places long devastated  
18 They will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations  
19 Strangers will shepherd your flocks  
20 Foreigners will work your fields and vineyards  
21 And you will be called priests of the LORD  
22 You will be named ministers of our God  
23 You will feed on the wealth of nations  
24 And in their riches you will boast  
25 Instead of your shame  
26 You will receive a double portion  
27 And instead of disgrace  
28 You will rejoice in your inheritance  
29 And so you will inherit a double portion in your land  
30 And everlasting joy will be yours  
31 For I, the LORD, love justice  
32 I hate robbery and wrongdoing  
33 In my faithfulness I will reward my people  
34 And make an everlasting covenant with them  
35 Their descendants will be known among the nations  
36 And their offspring among the peoples  
37 All who see them will acknowledge  
38 That they are a people the LORD has blessed  
39 I delight greatly in the LORD  
40 My soul rejoices in my God  
41 For he has clothed me with garments of salvation  
42 And arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness  
43 As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest  
44 And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels  
45 For as the soil makes the sprout come up  
46 And a garden causes seeds to grow  
47 So the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness  
48 And praise spring up before all nations  

 

 

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Scripture

Item

1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me Dove
2 Because the LORD has anointed me Anointing Oil
3 To proclaim good news to the poor Mother Teresa
4 He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted Bound Heart
5 To proclaim freedom for the captives Broken Shackles
6 And release from darkness for the prisoners Prisoner
7 To proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor Megaphone
8 And the day of vengeance of our God Fire From Heaven
9 To comfort all who mourn Weeping Man
10 And provide for those who grieve in Zion Weeping Angel
11 To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes Crown
12 The oil of joy instead of mourning Happy-Sad Faces
13 And a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair Garment of Praise
14 They will be called oaks of righteousness Oak Tree
15 A planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor Planting
16 They will rebuild the ancient ruins Bricklayer
17 And restore the places long devastated Trowel
18 They will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations Ruins
19 Strangers will shepherd your flocks Flock of Sheep
20 Foreigners will work your fields and vineyards Vineyard
21 And you will be called priests of the LORD Jewish Priest
22 You will be named ministers of our God Minister with Bible
23 You will feed on the wealth of nations Map of Kingdoms
24 And in their riches you will boast Fake Money
25 Instead of your shame Shame on You – Pointing Finger
26 You will receive a double portion Double Portion of Bread
27 And instead of disgrace Man With Head in Hands
28 You will rejoice in your inheritance Man Rejoicing
29 And so you will inherit a double portion in your land Person Receiving Double Portion
30 And everlasting joy will be yours Arrows Pointing in Opposite Directions
31 For I, the LORD, love justice Scales of justice
32 I hate robbery and wrongdoing Robber
33 In my faithfulness I will reward my people Reward poster
34 And make an everlasting covenant with them Rainbow
35 Their descendants will be known among the nations Family Tree
36 And their offspring among the peoples Big family
37 All who see them will acknowledge Yes Man poster
38 That they are a people the LORD has blessed Sunshine
39 I delight greatly in the LORD Four People Jumping for Joy
40 My soul rejoices in my God Child Rejoicing
41 For he has clothed me with garments of salvation Jesus On The Cross
42 And arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness Robe of Righteousness
43 As a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest Groom
44 And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels Bride
45 For as the soil makes the sprout come up Sprout
46 And a garden causes seeds to grow Seeds
47 So the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness Jehovah Tsidkenu
48 And praise spring up before all nations Desert Spring

 

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Kingdom Tag (GAME)


Time
15 minutes (or more, depending upon how many rounds of tag you play)
Description

This game illustrates evangelism in a high-energy, fun way through a game of tag.  It’s a very quick game, so you will probably want to play it several times.  The game works best with larger groups of kids, but it can still be played with small groups.

Optionally, you can play the game outdoors with water (for “baptizing”), but if you do, it needs to be okay for the  kids to get really wet!

Scriptures

  • Matthew 28:18-20

Materials

  • OPTIONAL: Paper or plastic cups for each child
  • OPTIONAL: A tub or bucket of water
  • Bible

Preparation

  • OPTIONAL: Fill the tub with water (You only need the tub of water and the cups if you plan to do the “baptizing” option.)
  • Practice the script.

Procedure

Use the following script and instructions (or modify to suit your needs):

  • “Today, we are going to talk about the last words that Jesus said before he rose back into heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father.”
  • “Last words are important.”
  • “If a leader is leaving his followers, and he has one more opportunity to talk to them, he’s going to say something important, don’t you think?”
  • “Sure he is…and Jesus was no different.  He had something very important He wanted to say to His disciples.”
  • “So, He had over 500 of His followers meet Him at the Mount of Olives, and He said this to them.”  (Ask volunteer to read Matthew 28:18-20.)
  • “What did Jesus tell them to do?”  (Answer: go and make disciples, baptize them and teach them)
  • “So, one of the most important things Jesus ever said to His followers was, ‘Go, Make Disciples, Baptize Them and Teach Them.’”
  • “Do you think this is still important for us to do as followers of Jesus today?”  (Listen for responses.)
  • “Sure it is!”
  • “It’s just as important today as it was when Jesus originally said it.”
  • “We need to tell as many people as we can about Jesus, so that they can go to heaven, too.”
  • “And the neat thing is, every time a new person becomes a follower of Jesus, they can then tell all their friends and family about Jesus, too!”
  • “Now, there are millions and millions of Christians in the world.”
  • “If all the Christians were telling as many people as they could find about Jesus, how long do you think it would be before the whole world knew about Him?”  (Listen for responses.)
  • “Not too long, huh?”
  • “Well, let’s try this out.”
  • “We are going to play a game, called Kingdom Tag.”
  • “It’s played like regular tag, but there are a few differences.”
  • “First, you start with one person who is ‘IT,’ and that person represents a Christian.”
  • “Everyone else represents someone who doesn’t know Jesus, and each person can live in different parts of the world.”
  • “If you get tagged by the Christian (the person who is ‘IT’), you become a Christian, and then you are also ‘IT!’”
  • “Then, instead of running away, your new job will be to try to tag other people.”
  • “They will then become Christians, too, and their new jobs will be to tag other people.”
  • “We will keep playing until everyone has been tagged and becomes a Christian.”  (If you want to do the “baptizing” option, then anyone who is “IT” should run and get a cup filled with water.  They tag people by “baptizing” them with the water.)
  • “Every few minutes, I’ll ask you to raise your hand if you still haven’t been tagged yet, so be honest and raise your hand if you still haven’t been tagged.”
  • “Does anyone have any questions about how to play the game?”  (Answer questions.)
  • “Okay, I’m going to need one volunteer to be it.”  (Select volunteer.  Then define what is out-of-bounds and where they are welcome to run and hide.)
  • “I’m going to give you a five second head-start before I let the Christian go.”
  • “Ready?  Go!”  (Count to five slowly before letting your “IT” person go.  Every few minutes, ask everyone to raise their hands who has not been tagged.  The game is over when everyone has been tagged.  If it goes quickly, play several rounds, if you like.  Then, call the kids back to talk about the Debrief Questions listed below.)

Debrief Questions

  1. What did you think about the game?
  2. How long did it take to tag everyone?  Does that surprise you?
  3. Why do you think it happened so quickly?
  4. Could we do the same thing by sharing about Jesus with other people we meet?
  5. How did you know if someone had already been tagged or not?
  6. Is that anything like how hard it is to know if someone is a Christian in real life?
  7. So what do you think we should do if we can’t tell if someone is a Christian or not?
  8. What will you commit to doing this week about sharing Jesus with other people?

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