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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Game #73: "Face the Gauntlet" (big group game w/lesson)

It is more than another game of dodgeball or nerf wars battle....

It tougher than one more game of chubby bunny...  

It is more teachable than playing that Skit Guys chisel video for third time this month...

It is the GAUNTLET!!! 

- Projectiles (suggested: marshmallows, dodge balls, nerf guns, finger blasters, and beanie babies)
- Some long church tables
- A large room or a long hallway

Simple explanation:  One group of students have to run from point to another, while another group of students tries to hit them with projectiles. 

Set Up:
- Using your long tables, turn them on their side, line them up on either side of your space creating a long pathway (gauntlet).  Make sure there is enough space behind them that people can stand.
- Collect all of your projectiles, enough for half of your groups to have one.

Game Play
- Divide your group up into 2 equal teams, assign one team to be the "gauntlet" and the other to be the  "runners"
- Give all your gauntlet players a projectile and have them stand on the outside of the gauntlet
- Line up all of your "runners" on one end of the gauntlet
- On "Go!" the "runners" need to run to other end of the gauntlet without getting hit, while the other team tries to hit them
- At the end of each round players that have been hit will join the players on the outside of the gauntlet to join in their group
- Continue to play rounds until there is only one player left.   Give that person a prize
- Switch back to beginning teams allow the original runners to now become the gauntlet players of vise versa

- For Easter Time, we used stuffed animal bunnies!
- In starting the game instead of just having a defined start line and end line, consider going door to door or door to wall in your space.  Provides a bit more of an element of surprise for the runners to run.
- If you feel it safe enough, you might also consider using a strobe light to add to the craziness and fun

LESSON: "Face the Gauntlet" (of Temptation)
Key Verses: Eph. 6:12

1. The Gauntlet: Pressure + Temptation= Consequences
  • Pressure: Conform, Perform, Explore 
  • Temptation: Physical, Chemical, Emotional 
  • Consequences: Pain, Problems & Payment 
2. Understand the Truth: I Cor. 10:11-13
3. Understand the Master & His Way: James 1;2-4
4. Understand Victory is Possible: Gal. 6:8-9

Closing Verse: James 1:2- Receive your reward!

(* For the rest of the lesson series check out "KUNG-FUZED" (ancient wisdom for the warriors of faith)

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