Jesus calls us to have faith in Him even when the waters are troubled and the winds high. Play “Anchors Away” to bring that message home.
This is an excellent indoor outdoor (by the pool) initiative activity but requires “field testing” of the “ships” that are created. Thus, you will need to provide a water source of some type. A pool, sink, bath tub, or trash can filled with water may be used indoors; streams or lakes work well in outdoor settings.
Groups of no more than six participants are best; larger groups should be divided into smaller ones.
Give each small group 25 to 30 plastic drinking straws, a roll of masking tape, and a small stone or pebble.
The objective of this activity is for each group to build a device that will float the stone or pebble when placed in the water. A time limit may be imposed (30 minutes is about right). The group also should name their “ship.”
This is a good activity for use at a pool party or indoors during inclement weather, with the creations tested at a later time. Encourage creativity among the participants as they build their ships.
The instances of Jesus and the disciples traveling in boats and of Jesus walking on the water readily come to mind with this initiative (Matt. 14:28-32). Jesus calls us to have faith in Him even when the waters are troubled and the winds high. The story of Noah in Genesis 6-9 presents another possible application. Noah found favor in God’s eyes and was instructed in the means of building the ark that sheltered and protected his family and the animals. God is our protection and shelter in the face of the difficulties life presents.
Joe Hicks is manager for FUGE Camps.
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