Theme: What happens when we die?
We used the above video for our countdown. While a little dated for our fast paced culture, the students enjoyed seeing this cute video again.
Nicole talked with the students about what happens to our souls when we die. We examined the different Greek words in the New Testament referencing the afterlife and specifically looked at the parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16. Nicole closed the night reminding the students that this life is their only chance to make a decision for Christ. She invited non-Christians to accept Christ and challenged Christians to share their faith.
Games: Because the material was so “heady,” we opted out of playing music, which had learned from the past. Instead, we spent extra time playing games. We started the night by giving each student 5 pieces of scrap paper and instructed them to write a noun or verb on each card. We instructed the students to break-up into groups of 8, 10, or 12 and to sit in a circle around all the pieces of paper from the members in their circle. We explained the rules for Catch Phrase (see below if you aren’t familiar) and gave them 15 minutes to play.
Later in the message, to give the students a break, Nicole played a game “invented” by one of our leaders based on this viral video.
Nicole asked several volunteers to the stage and the audience would sing “What does the fox say?” and then one at a time the volunteers responded. While it seemed awesome in concept, it proved to bomb on stage. If we had explained the game first and then asked for volunteers, I believe it would have been more successful.
Luckily, we had planned to show this cute video as well so it saved the moment.
Catch Phrase: Every other person in the circle is on the same team (i.e. the circle is divided into two teams, sitting Team 1, Team 2, Team 1, Team 2,…). Someone sets a timer for one minute. The first person picks a piece of paper and describes the word without using any part of the word or “rhymes with…” Once his team guesses the word, the next person in the circle picks a slip of paper and describes the word to her team. When the timer is up, the team who is still guessing loses and the other team gets a point. The team winning the most rounds wins.