October 2nd, 2019 Materials Needed: - One flashlight that can be taken apart - A room that can get super dark (parish hall, gym, basement, large meeting space) - Adrenaline How To Play: If you play indoors: - Black out all windows with darker colored sheets or paper. A little light shinning through won't be the end of the world. - Remove large hazards that could cause injury if ran into at full speed. You shouldn't have to move large tables - these will be helpful in the game. - Take apart a cheap flashlight - including batteries - and scatter the pieces across the room. - Create a "jail" space that is clearly marked off. You can do this with tables or chairs. - Turn off all of the lights. If you play outdoors: - Establish clear boundaries by setting up orange cones or small glow stick markers. - Check the playing area for hazards that could cause someone to trip or get hurt. When I would play this at my summer camp we had a young man close-line himself on a guy-wire. He had to get stitches. The next year we wrapped glow-sticks around the guy wires to avoid this. - Take apart a cheap flashlight - including batteries - and scatter the pieces across your playing area. - Create a "jail" that is clearly marked off. You can use rope, chairs, cones, etc.
Gather all of your young people outside of the prepped room/space and get 2-3 volunteers depending on your size of group. The two people that have volunteered are now Roman guards and the rest of the group are now early Christians. The guard's job is to find Christians and bring them to jail. If you are outdoors you can give your guards flashlights but I don't recommend doing so indoors because it can make their job too easy. In order for a Roman guard to bring Christians to jail, they must tag them "freeze-tag style" if they're indoors or shine a light directly on them if they are outdoors. The Christian's job is to work together to find all of the pieces of the disassembled flashlight and put it together and shine it into the sky before the Romans gather all of them into jail. Let the Christians enter the space before the Romans so that the Romans don't have a leg up by seeing where all of the Christians go. If the Roman guards gather all of the Christians into jail before the Christians are able to assemble the flashlight, the Romans win. If the Christians are able to assemble and shine the flashlight in the air before the guards catch them, the Christian's win.
Tips/Tricks: - This is something that they should find out naturally, but the more that the Christians work together and strategize, the easier it will be for them to win. If everyone person is looking out for themselves then they will be easily defeated by the Roman guards. - As the facilitator you can adjust the rules for jail. I've seen facilitators let Christians out of jail by praying a specific number of "Hail Marys" or "Our Fathers"
Decompression Questions (Optional): - What did it feel like to be a _________? - What was the most epic part of the activity? - What was the most frustrating part of the activity? - What do you think it would have felt like to be a member of the opposite team? - What propelled you to want to win so badly? - What did it feel like when you ended up in jail? - What do you know about the real early Christians and the Roman persecution? - What would the major differences be between simply playing the role of an early Christians/Roman vs actually being a member of one of those groups? - What pushed the early Christians to risk their lives like they did? - What are things in your life that you REALLY believe in and would be willing to risk a lot (not your life) to protect? - Are there anythings that you would be willing to risk your whole life for? - What makes someone want to risk it all?