Freeze Tag

This highly energetic game is popular with kids and younger youths. Play this game before introducing the Bible story about the resurrection of Jesus, or about Sodom and Gomorrah where Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt.  

Bible:  Matthew 28:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18; Genesis 18:16-19:29; Luke 17:26-33

Ages: 6 to 14

Group Size: 4 or more

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Freeze Tag Sunday School Game

How to Play

Decide how long you want each round to last.

Assign someone to be “It”.

When the game begins, “It” chases the others to “freeze” them by tagging them with a hand while they try to escape.

Once frozen, the player must keep totally still (cannot move or talk) until he/she is “unfrozen” by another player (also by tagging).

“It” wins if he/she manages to freeze all the other players within the given time.

Play as many rounds as you like with different people as “It”.

If you are playing this game specifically to teach about the resurrection of Jesus, we suggest changing the name of the game to “Resurrection Tag”.
Instead of “freeze” and ‘unfreeze”, change these terms to “dead” and “alive”.
Whoever is tagged by “it” “dies” and must lie down on the floor. He/she can be resurrected by any other player.

Variation

Assign 2 or more people to be “It” at the same time to speed up the game.

Bible Lesson – Resurrection of Jesus

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. Were you “it”? Did you enjoy being “it”? Why or why not?
3. Do you prefer to be “it” or one of the other players? Why?
4. In this game, the “dead” could be resurrected by any other player. Can this really happen in real life? Tell us more.

Read
Matthew 28:1-10

Discuss
5. Why did the women go to the tomb?
6. What did they expect to see in the tomb?
7. What did they see instead?
8. What happened to Jesus after he died on the cross?

Say
Yes, Jesus was crucified and died on the cross.
But Jesus did not remain dead for long. Jesus became alive again after 3 days!

Read
1 Corinthians 15:3-8

Discuss
9. Were the women (in Matthew 28:1-10) the only ones who saw Jesus after his resurrection?

Conclude
We know for a fact that Jesus died and become alive again after 3 days because the Bible tells us so. Many people saw Jesus after his resurrection.

Related Bible Passages about the Resurrection of Jesus
Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18

Bible Lesson – Sodom and Gomorrah

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. Were you “it”? Did you enjoy being “it”? Why or why not?
3. Do you prefer to be “it” or one of the other players? Why?
4. In this game, you can be “frozen” by “it” in an instant. Can you recall any story in the Bible where a person was “frozen” in an instant? What happened in that story?

Read
Genesis 19:26

Discuss
5. What happened to Lot’s wife?

Say
We can read more about this story in Genesis 18:16-19:29.

Read
Genesis 19:1-3,12-13,16-17,23-26

Discuss
6. Who arrived at Sodom and stayed in Lot’s house?
7. Why did the two men/angels urge Lot to leave the place?
8. What did the two men/angels instruct Lot and his family not to do?
9. What did Lot’s wife do just before she was turned into a pillar of salt?

Say
The Bible did not tell us why Lot’s wife looked back. We only know that she was warned not to look back, but she did. As a result, she was turned into a pillar of salt.
But there is another passage in the New Testament, where Jesus tells us to remember Lot’s wife.

Read
Luke 17:26-33

10. In verses 26-29, Jesus compared “the days of the Son of Man” to the days of Noah and Lot. What does this tell us about that day?
11. What did Jesus warn us not to do on the day the Son of Man comes?
12. What would happen to us if we do not heed Jesus’ warning?

Conclude
Jesus will come again at a time like Noah and Lot.
– These were times of judgement, where God wiped out the entire world/city because of the people’s widespread sin and depravity.
– In both these instances, not all were destroyed. Some were saved – Noah’s family, Lot and his 2 daughters.
– Jesus also warned that the day of Jesus’ return will be a time when people will be “eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building”, i.e. just like any other day in a person’s routine life.

God has similarly extended to us the gift of eternal life through faith Jesus Christ. We must fully embrace this precious gift. We must be prepared that Jesus will come at any time, and we must not be cling on to our earthly life and possessions.

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