This game is high energy with a spiritual teaching point about doing the things God wants us to do. You can use it when teaching about Jesus as He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
- Mark 14:32-42
- Select a space to play the game.
- Practice the script.
Use the following script (or modify to suit your needs):
- “We’re going to play a game called, ‘Asleep in the Garden.’”
- “It’s about the night that Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane before he was crucified.” (Ask volunteer to read Mark 14:32-42.)
- “Jesus had asked Peter, James and John to stay awake and pray, but they kept falling asleep.”
- “This was a pretty important time for them to join Jesus in prayer, but they were very tired.”
- “Even though they wanted to stay awake, they couldn’t seem to do it.”
- “So, here’s how the game is played.”
- “I’ll play Jesus for the first round, and I’ll stand over here and turn my back toward you so that I can’t see you.” (Pick a spot at the front of the room.)
- “Everyone should lay down on the floor like you are asleep.”
- “Everyone can stand up one time before I turn around, but you can only stay standing for three seconds – ‘one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand.’ Then you have to lay down again and ‘go to sleep’ until after I’ve turned around.”
- “If I turn around while you are standing, you win and get to be ‘Jesus’ for the next round.”
- “But if no one is standing when I turn around, I’ll say, ‘The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak,’ and we’ll start over.”
- “Also, if more than one person is standing when I turn around, keep counting, ‘one-one-thousand, two-one-thousand, three-one-thousand.’ Then lay down. The last person standing wins.”
- “Does anyone have any questions?” (Answer any questions.)
- “Okay, let’s play!” (Play several rounds, allowing different people to come up and be ‘Jesus.’ Then ask the Debrief Questions below.)
- “What did you think of the game?”
- “Why do you think it was so important to Jesus that Peter, James and John pray with Him?”
- “Why do you think it was so difficult for them?”
- “Have you ever found it difficult to do something God wanted you to do? What was it and why?”
- “How can we do a better job at doing the things God wants us to do?”