Sealed Orders

Tuesday: Sealed Orders
Bible Lesson: Our Commanding Officer (the Centurion's Servant)
Memory Verse: 1st John 5:3-4.
See Also: The Orders
Age Groups:
  • elementary
  • teens
Equipment Needed:
  • plastic or Styrofoam cups
  • hula hoops
  • two buckets, identical except for color
  • two larger buckets
  • water
  • sand
  • a tarp
  • ten envelopes
  • the orders
Prepare ahead by setting up the matching red and blue buckets, filled with water, about twenty-five feet from a tree (or similar landmark, to which the instructions in the envelopes will refer); a bucket of sand in another part of the yard; a tarp or sheet in another part of the yard (away from the first two), and a chair in a fourth location with hula hoops hanging over the back of it.
Divide the children (or teens) into two roughly equal teams. Explain that each team will receive orders in a sealed envelope, five different sets of orders in five sealed envelopes, and they must complete each set of orders in order to receive the next envelope. Each team's envelopes are numbered. When you are ready to begin, hand out one disposable cup to each person, then hand out the first envelope to each team. When they finish each set of orders, hand them the next. First team to complete all five sets of orders wins. Each team's water bucket will need to be refilled by an adult after the first set of orders (while they are doing the second set).

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