Too Close for Comfort


Challenge your preteens to think with this
boundary-testing experience.

You’ll need hula hoops, copies of a brainteaser (for a
brainteaser, go to,
a bag of candy, a timer, and a Bible.

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Place several hula hoops on the floor. Pack as many kids as
possible inside each hoop and remove extra hoops. Have groups raise
the hula hoops to waist level.

Say: I’ll give you one minute to solve this brainteaser with
your team. The team to answer correctly first gets the candy.

Give groups a copy of the brainteaser, and begin timing. When
time’s up, ask: How easy or difficult was it to solve the
brainteaser? Explain. Could you think clearly to solve the problem
while being so close together? Why or why not? How did you feel
during this experience? Explain. How was this experience like or
unlike a time you felt uncomfortable recently? What did you do?

Read aloud John 14:1-4. Say: Whenever we feel uncomfortable,
Jesus tells us to seek comfort in him. There are times when we feel
physically or mentally uncomfortable. During those times, remember
Jesus’ words to us.

Too Close for Comfort
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