Family Activity: Startled Steps
The opposite of being afraid (having fear) is COURAGE (being brave)
Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7 and Exodus 14:13-14
Supplies: Bible, blindfold
Preparation: Clear playing area
Choose one person to be “It”. Blindfold this person and take them to one side of the room. Other family members should scatter though out playing area. When you give the signal, the blindfold player will slowly begin to move to the other side of the room. The goal is to touch the opposite wall as quickly, while bumping into the fewest family members as possible along the way.
Remaining family members should stand silent and motionless. Whenever the “It” person bumps another person, the seeing person shout “Hey!”
Play until the “It” person has reached the other side of the room.
Ask “It” to give the blindfold to another family member, the the “It” person can join the others as the seeing obstacles. Take turns until everyone has had a chance to cross to the other side of the room.
Then read aloud Philippians 4:6-7, and Exodus 14:13-14 and discuss the following questions:
• What was it like to be blindfolded and play this game?
• How was this game similar to the challenges we face each day?
• Were you afraid or scared to cross the room by yourself?
• How does Jesus help you in those hard times?
• How can you trust God, when you are afraid?
Say: When we are afraid or scared, God will give us Courage, (being brave) when we need it, God will protect you! We just need to be still and believe.
Pray: Dear God, Thank you for being by our side every moment of every day, even when we are scared or afraid. Because we can not see you with my eyes, it sometimes feels like you are far away and that is scary. Help us be still and know and feel that you are in our hearts. Thank you for always being with us. Amen