Youth Ministry Object Lesson – Shoe Change – Walking with Christ
Games with shoes
- Big Foot – Organize all the youth in a straight line and blindfold everyone or simply ask them to close their eyes and keep them closed. The youth should then rearrange themselves according to shoe size without having to indicate their shoe size.
- Do you like your neighbors? – Young people should stand in a circle with one person in the center. Everyone in the circle takes off their shoes and places them behind where they are to mark their spot. Someone standing around the circle asks, “Do you like your neighbors?” The participant in the middle of the circle should answer: “No, I don’t like it, but I like people who ______” and fill in the blank with a characteristic. (for example, having a pet, skipping breakfast, etc.) All youth who fit the description should quickly find a new spot in the circle (not next to the one they left off, at least five people away) to stand . The last person without a place is in the middle. Those who don’t fit the description stay in place while others run for a new place.
- Horseshoe throw – Play a classic game of horseshoes, but wear shoes instead. Each youth team tries to throw one of each of their shoes closer to the wall from across the room. The closest shoe gets 5 points. Any shoe leaning against the wall scores 10 points. The team with the highest score wins.
- Minefield – Divide into two teams and mark an area to be the minefield. Everyone takes off their shoes and randomly throws them into the minefield area. Teams line up on opposite sides of the minefield and using only words they must guide a blindfolded member of their team from one side of the minefield to the opposite side faster than the opposing team. One person makes the trip, removes the blindfold, and another team member can wear the blindfold and cross the minefield. First team to have everyone successful victories. Only one blindfolded person is allowed on the field at any time. If the blindfolded player touches a landmine, a 10 second penalty is applied to that team.
- Musical shoes – Sit the young people in a circle and ask everyone to remove their left shoe. While the music is playing, the young man should pass the shoe to the right while taking the shoe that is passed to the left. When the music stops, each young man must find the owner of the show he is running and return the shoe to him. For an icebreaker, ask them to learn people’s names and other fun facts about them or to answer a specific icebreaker question of your choice.
- Shoe bucket – Divide the children into teams of four. Children lie on their backs in a circle with their feet raised in the middle to balance a bucket of water or ice. Each team member should remove one of their shoes without spilling the bucket of water. The first team to complete this wins.
- Shoe detectives – Divide the youth into two teams. Have each team line up on opposite sides of the room and remove their shoes. Take all the shoes out of the room and place them in a large pile outside the room. The first person on each team is the “detective.” The second person on each team describes their shoes to the detective, who runs to fetch them from the shoe pile and brings them back. If the detective brings the wrong shoes, gather more clues and search again. If the detective brings the right shoes, the owner puts them on and becomes a detective. Repeat the process until one team finds all of your shoes.
- Shoe identity – Everyone takes off their shoes, ties them and places them in the center of the circle. Someone walks over, chooses a pair of shoes, and makes a statement about the owner of the shoes based on the condition and / or characteristics of the shoes. (For example, “This person loves fashion”). The owner of the shoes introduces himself and chooses the next pair. Variation: Have each young man retrieve a pair of shoes to represent him, and once everyone has a pair, the young men explain what they have in common with the shoes they have chosen.
- Shoe party – Each young person removes a shoe and throws it in a pile. At his signal, each young man takes a shoe from the pile and finds the owner who is wearing the other shoe. They should learn the name (if they don’t already know each other) and three things about the other person that they didn’t know yet. Once everyone has found a match, sit in a circle where each young person shares what they learned about the person they paired with.
- Shoe prints – When each person enters the room, ask them to create a dirty footprint on a white sheet of paper. Mix the footprints and then distribute them. Each person must find the shoe that matches the footprints. (This works best when people enter the room from the outside. Once they have walked on a clean carpet or floor, dust is often left behind and it is difficult to get footprints). Variation: Take a digital photo of part of the bottom of the shoe and the impression of each person and use these in place of the footprints.
- Barefoot – Everyone takes off half their shoe and throws it in the air. See who can take your shoe the farthest.
- Shoe snake – All the young people place their shoes one behind the other to create a long snake. The group with the biggest snake shoes wins.
- Shoe Towers – Youth teams must build the tallest tower in a given time using only their shoes.
- Twister shoe – Each young person removes a shoe and places it in the center of the circle. They all shake hands. At his signal, everyone gets a shoe from the center of the circle and finds the person who owns it, and puts it back on without letting go of the hands of the people next to him.
TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL
MAKE IT SPIRITUAL
Stack everyone’s shoes in the middle of a circle of young people.
- Ask the young men to share as many characteristics as possible that the shoes in the middle of the circle have in common.
- Ask the youth to share as many characteristics as possible so that each pair of shoes is unique.
- What are some of the things we have in common as part of the body of Christ?
- What are some of the things that make us unique?
- What do our shoes tell us about ourselves? To what extent is there a relationship between our personality and the way we walk?
- How is describing your shoes to a friend like sharing the gospel? What could happen if we don’t present the gospel clearly? How can we be more effective in sharing Christ with others this week?
- When it comes to running the race of life, what lessons can we learn from the games we play with our shoes?
In I Cor. 9: 24-27, Paul compares the Christian life to a career. Any runner will tell you that the most important equipment for the runner is their shoes. Shoes are very personal things. You cannot run the race in someone else’s shoes. In the same way, in the body of Christ, we must all run the race. Everyone needs their own pair of running shoes. And while we all need shoes, our shoes will be different as we go through the race.
MAKE IT PRACTICAL
We often speak of a person’s walk with Christ. That’s because feet tell us two very important facts about someone: where someone is standing and where someone is going. A firm posture and a steady walk are traits we admire in others. When we talk about our journey in life, we often talk about those moments when we slip and stumble, as well as the moments when we took a step in the right direction.
- What is something that you have taken a stand for in your life? What are some of the things you need to take a stronger stand on?
- What are some of the steps you have taken in the right direction with your life? The wrong address?
- What are some areas that you have stumbled upon along the way on your journey?
- What are some ways we can make our walk safe? How can you get back on your feet and take another step in the right direction with your life? In what areas do you need to watch your steps?
- Taking a position and finding your balance in life isn’t always easy, especially when you may have to step on a few toes to do so.
- How can you find the balance between taking a stand on the things that are important to you without stepping on too many toes? Should you worry about stepping on your toes? Why or why not?
MAKE IT PERSONAL
- As a footnote to this lesson, identify at least one area of your life where you need to recover.
- How can you take a new step in the right direction if your life starts today?
- In what areas do you need to keep an eye on your steps on the journey ahead?
- Colossians 2: 6-7 (NKJV) – “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith, as you have been taught, abounding in her.[a] with thanksgiving. “
- Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared in advance for us to walk in them.”
- 1 John 1: 7 – “But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
- 1 John 2: 6 (NKJV) – “He who says he abides in him, must also walk as he walked.”
- Romans 8: 4 (NKJV) – “so that the just requirement of the law may be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
- 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27 (NIV) – “Don’t you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes In strict training. They do it to get a crown that won’t last, but we do it to get a crown that lasts forever. That’s why I don’t run like someone who runs aimlessly, I don’t fight like a boxer hitting the air. No , I beat my body and make it a slave so that after having preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the award. “
- Ephesians 4: 1-6 (NKJV) – “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all humility and meekness, with great patience, bearing with one another. love, striving to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is only one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your vocation; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all “.
- Ephesians 5: 1-2 (NIV) – “Follow God’s example, then, as beloved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice bye. “
- Deuteronomy 8: 6 – “Keep the commandments of the Lord your God, walk in obedience to him and revere him.”
- Deuteronomy 10:12 – “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul “