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The term “glory” Falls into that category of church jargon that has made especially confusing because of the varied ways it is used in culture. This icebreaker will help your students explore the word And reflect on how pop-culture engages with their spirituality.

Begin by Explaining to your students that you are going to be thinking about the word “glory” and want them to be thinking about what they think it means and how other people might see it as they watch this video. Then, show the music video, “Glory” by John Legend and Common from the movie Selma onYouTube (or play the song if you do not have a video option).  

Ice Breaker Debrief:

What is the definition of the word “Glory”? (you can have them google this after they give their own thoughts first)
Let’s talk about the chorus. What is the “glory” that is talked about here?
How will that glory come? (once the war is won)
What other lyrics jump out to you in the song?
What is the message that is being sent through these lyrics?

 

Play a round of Jenga together. You can, of course, find this game at any local department store or online. There are also extra large, yard options which are fun. Let students pair up if you have several of the games.  If you have less than enough for pairs, turn it into a team sport with groups of students strategizing which piece to take next.

To make it even more fun, give students the blocks and challenge them to build a shape other than the classic tower making sure their design will allow for at least a handful of pieces to be removed before it falls.

Virtual (Zoom) option:

If you are gathering virtually set one or more (more is always better) up in front of your camera and have students guide your finger in selecting which block to take out next.  

There are a lot of options on jenga.com, even a winner’s certificate you can download!

Ice Breaker Debrief:

  • What lessons can you learn from Jenga?
  • What are the key points to remember if you want to last to the end?
  • How does this activity relate to Christ as a cornerstone?

Some classic activities just won’t work over zoom, but this one is as good online as it is in person.  With a few tweaks, you can make your next video conference even more engaging as students experience this fun activity.

Here’s the classic version when you are in person:

  • Have students pair up, and sit back to back, looking two different directions.
  • One person will have a writing utensil and a piece of paper.
  • The other person will have a simple drawing in front of them. (It is fun for everyone to have the same drawing.)
  • Give everyone a set amount of time to describe the picture to their partner.
  • When time is up, everyone can share, then trade places so everyone gets to draw

Just a couple of tweaks and it’s ready for Zoom:

  • Email or text a drawing to one student and have them describe a drawing to the whole group.
  • If you are using a platform that does breakout rooms (like Zoom), you can automatically split students into pairs and have  one person visit a link to a drawing you put in chat and be the describer.
  • Bring students back together if they are in breakout rooms and share the results of your drawings!

This new spin on an old game will allow you to take your virtual meetings and spice them up with a little more fun, and it will build anticipation for when you are next together! 

Before your next video conference wrap a gift, put something in it, may also be a gift card or another item that you are willing to give away next time you are together.

Once you are on the call, take turns playing 20 questions with each student getting a set number of questions to ask before the next one gets their turn. Once a student asks all their questions, they are out. Whoever guesses what is in it, wins the item. Change the discussion to make it appropriate for your game.

Discussion:

How did it feel when you were “out” and knew your chances of receiving the gift were over?
Ask the 2nd to the last player, “How did you feel when you were so close to winning?
While it is fun to receive tangible gifts, the gift God promises isn’t something we can see or tough or even experience on this earth. How can we keep each other excited about this gift and share that joy with others?

Netflix Party is a way to watch Netflix movies together without being in the same room.  It synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favorite Netflix shows. What could be more perfect for your socially distanced group?  Today’s movie selection is The Longshots [PG].  Before we jump into the discussion guide, lets explain how to get your Netflix Party on!

7 Steps:

  1. Download Google Chrome
  2. Download Netflix Party
  3. Go to Netflix website
  4. Pick the movie
  5. Click on the “NP” icon next to the address bar in Chrome
  6. Click “start party”
  7. Copy URL and email to your students and adult leaders!  

Now for the discussion guide!

Opening Questions:

  • Sometimes we have to focus more on what we do have and not on what we don’t. Have you ever had to learn this lesson first hand?
  • Have you ever been in a situation where someone in your presence was getting made fun of? What did you do? How did it make you feel? Has someone ever stood up for you?
  • Words can really hurt us. Jasmine’s Uncle Curtis said some mean things about her. Have you ever been in that situation? (Either the one saying something or the one who overheard.) What did you do?
  • Uncle Curtis saw Jasmine’s talents before she recognized them in herself. Who has encouraged/mentored you in your life? Who is in your corner, cheering you on in your accomplishments? Who do you cheer for?
  • The community gave up their prized possessions to help the team get to the Super Bowl. Have you ever given up something for the benefit of someone else? How did that feel?

Bible Lesson: 1 Samuel 16

  • The Lord sends Samuel out to anoint the new king.
  • What is Samuel’s response at first to this command? (He is fearful) Why does Samuel responds this way?
  • What does this teach us about God when we are facing our fears?
  • Verse 7 is especially meaningful. Read that again. Put it in your own words.
  • How does this verse relate to the movie?
  • How can it relate to your life today?
  • How do you think the older brothers felt when Samuel passed over them and anointed David? What are the similarities to David and Jasmine or David and Curtis in the movie?
  • Why do you think Saul’s heart was changed?
  • What lessons can we learn about God and about our human nature from this story and/or movie?