Say the word "party," and kids come running. Children love
parties. So combine one of their favorite events with a biblical
theme to make "Bible-Based Bashes."
Bible-based bashes create enthusiasm, boost attendance and give
everyone a change of pace. Before you start, lay your bash on a
firm foundation of prayer. Then design your bash so children have a
good time rooted in the Word.
Your Bible-based bash needs each of the following elements. See
how each of these elements fits into a Bible-based bash around the
theme of Moses.
Central theme -- Your theme can be based on a
biblical hero, event, concept or holiday. Why not have a party
focused on Jonah, the Flood, love or Easter? Our theme for Moses is
Invitations -- What's a party without an
eye-catching invitation? Use clip art books or your artistic
abilities to make creative fliers, posters and banners. Grab kids'
attention and curiosity with a catchy theme or heading. Here's one
for Moses' Madness-written on paper "tablets of stone": "Come and
escape the perilous plagues, wander through the wilderness, munch
on manna and enter the Promised Land!"
Location -- Get out of the church for your
Bible-based bash. Search for unusual locations that fit your theme.
Use parks, barns, beaches, lakes, rivers and mountains. Moses'
Madness could be held on a football field or in a parking lot.
Decorations -- These are crucial to create the
biblical theme. You can use boxes to create a biblical city, sheets
and parachutes for heaven, or fishing nets for walls and ceilings.
Create Mount Sinai with a brown blanket over a ladder, the Red Sea
with wading pools, and the camp with tents.
Helpers -- You'll need more help than usual.
Recruit parents, church members and even high school students. Meet
with your helpers before your bash to let them know what'll be
happening and what they're expected to do.
Activities -- Your bash needs tons of lively
activities. Use regular games and give them a biblical twist. Any
ordinary game can be altered to become a Bible-based game with just
a little imagination. Children love the newness added to a familiar
game, and there's less confusion when explaining the rules.
For example, make Tag fit your theme. Make "It" a persecutor and
the others Christians. Or make "It" Samson and the others the
Philistines. In Moses' Madness, "It" is Pharaoh while the others
are the Israelites.
A relay can also fit your theme. In Moses' Madness, the relay
relates to the 10 plagues. Kids must race to all the stations that
relate to the 10 plagues-a fly swatter must be swatted for the
plague of flies, apply a bandage for the plague of boils, throw
small ice cubes for hail, and so on.
Capture the Flag can be changed to Capture the Fish or Capture
the Rock. In Moses' Madness, play Capture the Grapes (that the
spies saw in the Promised Land).
Bible story -- Make this brief and interesting
to hold kids' attention. Present the story as a skit, a puppet play
or an interactive role-play. For Moses' Madness, have kids sit by a
tent while Moses, Aaron, Caleb and Joshua tell their stories.
Food -- Have fun adjusting food to fit your
theme. For Moses' Madness, you could serve pita bread as unleavened
bread or chicken wings as quail. You could also serve an entire
Favors -- Give kids novelties from a Christian
bookstore. Or better yet, have kids make crafts to take home as
reminders. For Moses' Madness, make the tablets of stone out of
plaster of Paris.
Janel Kauffman is an elementary school teacher in