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Hit a balloon toward a goal and it doesn’t always go where intended. The same is often true in our pursuit of goals in life. But with teamwork and concerted effort we can make progress toward the goals God has laid out for us.

Game Description
Hit the Balloon through the gauntlet to the other team’s goal.

Game Materials

  • Inflated balloons. You might want to have several extras in case one busts.
  • A chair for each youth participating.

Game Preparation

  1. Arrange the chairs in two rows facing each other.
  2. One youth is assigned to each chair.
  3. Each row numbers off, with those calling odd numbers being assigned to one team and the youth calling out even numbers assigned to the other.
  4. Odds are assigned an end of the gauntlet as their goal. Evens are assigned the opposed end as their goal.

Game Play

  1. A balloon is placed or tossed in the middle between the two lines of youth, an equal distance from each end.
  2. Each team (Odds or Evens) hits the balloon when it is within range. They can choose to hit it to another player, up, down, or across the rows.
  3. The balloon cannot be held or thrown but must be tapped or hit.
  4. When a goal is scored, the balloon is placed back in the centre of the two rows, an equal distance form the two ends and play starts again.
  5. If a balloon goes wide out of range it is tossed back in from where it went out.
  6. The winner is the team which has scored the most goals after a set period of time.

Take it to the next level


  • What are some of the goals in life that people have?
  • Goals that youth have?
  • What are some of your goals?
  • Do you ever find things going a different direction than you planned when pursuing your goals?
  • How can other help you keep on track for your goals?
  • Is goal setting Biblical or should we simply trust in God for the future?
  • What are some of our goals for the Christian life?
  • How can we help each other stay on track for our goals?

Scriptural Application

  • Is God is goal-oriented? (John 5:17; Ephesians 1:10)
  • Were Jesus and other biblical leaders spiritually goal-oriented? (Luke 13:32; John 17:4; 1 Corinthians 9:26,27; Philippians 3:13,14; 2 Timothy 4:7,8)
  • What are some of the goals we should have as Christians? (1 Corinthians 9:24,25; 2 Peter 1:5-8; 1 Peter 3:15; Hebrews 10:24,25)
  • What role does the rest of the Body of Christ play in setting our goals? (1 Corinthians 3:4-9)

Food for Thought
“Attempt great things for God; expect great things from God.” ~William Carey, Missionairy


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