Religious Teaching Through Games
One way of telling parables from religious texts is in the form of a game. While kids can study written or spoken stories, if they are like me, they won’t forget those stories when presented as a Sunday school game. Each child’s self interest is highly involved then, making the ideas offered in a way that is engaging. It’s not too difficult to find a game to adapt to fit the story. And it’s fun for the person telling the story as well.
Further, most religions are based on love, and I believe love is expressed by including those who are normally left out of activities, including even those who are normally ostracized.
On Sunday 12th June 2011 we held a Birthday Party and Celebration for the Church at Highfield Trinity in inner-city, culturally-diverse Sharrow. We had hoped this would include a picnic but the weather had other ideas! We finished up in a rather full church hall and had time on our hands – 20 or so bored children and young people could be a recipe for disaster!
Fortunately Dale was on hand with some of his New Games so out came the parachute and a group of people of all ages enjoyed themselves for an hour and experienced the fun of co-operation and mutual support.
As a church we are keen on ideas of mutual encouragement and cooperation and wonder if our culture can be just a bit too cut-throat. We had come together in a spirit of unity with people from many cultures who would share in celebration using their own styles and languages. New Games set the scene in a perfect way. Thanks!
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