Ping Near Pong
Players toss or roll ping-pong balls into a marked circle. The team with 2 ping-pong balls closest together wins. Use this game to introduce a lesson on singleness, dating and marriage.
Bible: Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18,24-25; 1 Corinthians 7:8-11, 32-37, 39; Matthew 19:3-12
Ages: 12 and above
Group Size: 4 or more
Supplies: Ping-pong balls, chalk or masking tape
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Use chalk or masking tape to mark out a circle in the middle of the room approximately 3 feet in diameter.
Mark out another much bigger circle, making sure there is sufficient space outside this circle for everyone to stand shoulder to shoulder.
How to Play
Divide into teams. Each team can have 2 to 10 players.
If you have too many players or the room is too small, take turns to play.
Players of alternating teams stand next to each other just outside the larger circle.
(For example, if you have 3 teams, the players stand in the following order: Player from team A, Player from team B, Player from team C, Player from team A, Player from team B, Player from team C…)
Give each player 2-5 ping-pong balls.
You will need different colored ping-pong balls for each team.
Alternatively, use a marker to differentiate each team’s ping-pong balls.
On “go”, teams take turns to throw or roll one ping-pong ball at a time towards the inner circle.
Each team can decide which player to go next.
The object of the game is to have 2 of your team’s ping-pong balls as close together as possible.
You can either throw/roll your ball close to your own team’s balls or use them to disrupt another team’s balls.
The game ends when all the ping-pong balls have been used up.
The team with 2 ping-pong balls closest together inside the inner circle wins.
Bible Lesson for Youths/Adults – Singleness, Dating and Marriage
1. Have you ever been attracted to someone in the past (or are you currently attracted to someone)? How did you feel? What did you do? Tell us about your experience.
2. What does the Bible say about having a special relationship with another person?
Get into the Word
Read Genesis 1:27-28; 2:18,24-25
3. According to these passages, why do you think God created male and female?
4. Why do you think God wants mankind to “be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it”?
5. Does this mean that everyone should get married?
Get the Word into your Life
Read 1 Corinthians 7:8-11
6. According to Apostle Paul is it wrong to remain single? Must everyone get married?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
7. According to Apostle Paul, what are some advantages of remaining single?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:36-37
8. What is Apostle Paul’s advice for those who are in a dating relationship?
9. In light of Paul’s warning in 1 Corinthians 7:36 (about the danger of acting dishonorably toward your dating partner if your passions are too strong) what are some practical ways you can protect yourselves?
10. In light of this, is there a right age to start dating? Why or why not?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:10-11,39
11. What is Apostle Paul’s advice for those who are married?
Read Matthew 19:3-12
12. Does God approve of divorces?
13. How do these passages impact your views about singleness, dating and marriage?
14. Whether a person is single, dating or married, what should the person be mainly concerned about? Why?