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Teams of youth must move different colored balloons from the front of the room to the back, then back to the front again. Balloons can be holiday colors or contain messages inside.


Resources Needed


  • Rubber Balloons in various colors. You’ll need one of each color for every team.
  • Open area for youth to move around. It can also be done in a classroom setting with youth sitting in chairs.

Advance Preparation


Put the verses of the Roman Road on small slips of paper and place them inside the balloons.

  1. Romans 3:10-12
  2. Romans 3:23
  3. Romans 6:23
  4. Romans 5:8
  5. Romans 10:9-10
  6. Romans 10:13

 

NOTE: You can also put steps to take, key learning points form a lesson, events in a sequence, or other scriptures on a topic inside the balloons to make this activity suitable for other lessons.


Getting Started


  1. Divide the youth into 2 or more teams. If sitting in a classroom setting, divide the class into the two different halves of the room.
  2. Place a balloon of each color in front of each team.
  3. Inform the youth about the objective and the rules of the game.
  4. Declare the winner of the game.

The Objective of the Game


One at a time, move each of the colored balloons to the back of the room and then return them to the front until you complete the journey for all of the balloons.


The Rules of the Game


  1. You must bop (hit) the balloon to move it.
  2. You may not grab the balloon with your hands.
  3. If the balloon falls to the floor, you must quickly take it to the front of the room and start again.
  4. Your team may only have one balloon in motion at a time.
  5. The balloon must touch the back wall before it can be sent forward again.
  6. First team to complete the relay using all of their balloons wins.

Adjusting the Difficulty Level


  1. You can increase the difficulty of this game by adding one or more of the following rules.
  2. A person may not hit the balloon twice in a row.
  3. Hits must alternate between guys and girls.
  4. You may not use your hands.

Discussion


Ask youth what were some of the keys to success in this game?

They might have a lot of answers, but here are some things you can highlight:

  • When near to you, do your part.
  • Don’t wait for someone else to handle things.
  • It’s a team effort.
  • It usually takes more than one person to see results.
  • Sometimes things don’t go as you plan.
  • Don’t give up. Patient progress will get you there.

 


Take It to the Next Level


Through the Bible, God delivered a message to the world. It came through different people and there were many parts to the journey, but it was “Finished” with Christ on the Cross. He’s passed on responsibility for delivering the message of the Gospel, the “Good News” to us.

Matthew 28:18-20
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

1 Peter 3:15
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have”


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