In this intentionally unfair relay, teams are given uncooked pasta of differing thicknesses to complete the same task. They must move empty soda cans, held by pasta in players’ mouths, from one end of the room to another. Use this game to teach about injustice.
Bible: Micah 6:8; Isaiah 1:17; Zechariah 7:9-10; Proverbs 31:8-9; Jeremiah 22:3; Psalm 82:3; Matthew 7:12; 25:31-46
Ages: 10 and above
Group Size: 6 or more
Supplies: Empty soda cans, Uncooked Spaghetti, Fettuccine and Angel Hair Pasta, Tables
How to Play
At one end of the room:
– Place 3 tables. Label them A, B and C.
– Place uncooked spaghetti on Table A, fettuccine on Table B and angel hair pasta on Table C.
At the opposite end of the room:
– Place another 3 tables.
– On each table, place empty soda cans with tabs still attached. Lift the tabs so that it is easy to insert a pasta through it.
– You will need 1 soda can for every 2 players. (For example, if you have 10 players per team, you will need 5 soda cans per table.)
– If your group is small with only 2-4 players per team, you may want to increase the number of cans per table.
Divide into 3 teams.
Draw lots to assign a table to each team.
Each team’s players stand in pairs behind their assigned pasta table.
On “go”, one pair from each team picks up one piece of uncooked pasta and runs to their other table at the opposite end of the room. The players insert the uncooked pasta through the soda can tab and holding the ends of the pasta in each player’s mouth, carry the soda can back to the starting table. When the soda can is successfully placed on the starting table, the next pair goes.
If the pasta breaks, players must return to the starting table for the next pair to try. The can is replaced on the table at the opposite end of the room.
The first team to move all the soda cans wins.
Bible Lesson for Youths/Adults – Social Injustice
1. Is life always fair? Tell us more.
2. Have you ever felt unfairly treated in real life? Tell us about your experience.
Get into the Word
Read Micah 6:8
3. According to this verse, what does God require of us? What does this mean our practical day-to-day lives?
4. The Bible highlights certain groups of people whom we should be particularly concerned about.
Can you identify some of these groups of people?
You may like to look up these passages:
Isaiah 1:17; Zechariah 7:9-10; Proverbs 31:8-9; Jeremiah 22:3; Psalm 82:3
5. Why do you think is God especially concerned about these people?
6. Do you think life is fair for these people? Why or why not?
7. Do you think that God is still concerned about the orphans, the widows, the poor and the foreigners today? Why or why not?
8. Who else do you think God may be concerned about today? Tell us more.
Get the Word into your Life
9. Out of all these groups of people, who are you most concerned about?
10. What are some practical things that you can do to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” with regards to this group of people?
Read Matthew 7:12; 25:31-46
11. Do you think inaction is a valid response to what we studied today? Why or why not?
12. Will you make a personal commitment to God today, to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God”? What will you commit to do?
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