Wednesday

Educational Games?

Today was our last day teaching the intro English class. It was a good class, but its nice to be finished. Tomorrow, all teachers report for the beginning of Spring Training. We're not exactly sure what we'll be doing . . . probably some sort of orientation, team-building and planning for the new year.

Today for our last class, we did exit interviews and played some games. Last night, I was looking online for ideas for group games. One site was particularly interesting. It was a Christian site that offered games for church groups. I guess I'm not really up to date with the latest methods of youth ministry, but these games seemed a bit odd to me. There was:

Communist Church - Turn out all the lights in the church. Students try to gather around hidden flashlights while youth leaders (the communists) try to catch them.

Hostage Dodge Ball - The person who is "it" has to try to hit the "captors" with a ball without hitting the "hostages" who are being held by the captors.

Terrorist Hunt - This is an exact quote from the rules, "The object of this game is to hunt down the terrorists with as few a number of civilian casualties as possible." Players carry cups of cotton on their heads . . . I didn't read much more about how to play this odd game.

Satan's Revenge - I don't think an explination is necessary to prove the rediculousness of this one, but I will give you a quote from the rules, "the game works best if played in the dark so Satan can use that to his advantage."

What do you think Tim? I can see the next youth insert in the Bulletin:

Come to Youth Group
This Sunday Night
6:00 - 8:00
We will be studying the Bible, watching cool videos, eating ice cream sundaes, hunting for terrorists and singing praise songs . . .
. . .while we try to avoid angry communists and that pesky Prince of Darkness
By the way, if you think I'm making this up, you can check it out here. Click on the Educational Games section.