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Bible Study Game

April 19, 2017

The youth Sunday school class at Calvary United Methodist Church in Walcott is exploring the Bible through a new role-playing game. Eleven students are involved so far, but leaders are hoping to expand participation with special events this summer.

sli-iaumcThe game begins with a biblical story. Each participant develops characters to take action to accomplish their mission. A roll of the dice determines the outcome of each step of the game.

One class explored Matthew 2:13-23, the story of the slaughter of the innocents. Jesus and his family fled to Egypt to escape King Herod’s wrath. During the course of the game, the kids had to figure out how they were going to notify Joseph and Mary that it was safe to come home.

Dr. Grant Allison, who teaches the class, asked his daughter and her husband for some advice about connecting with the kids. The couple are professional graphic artists who have worked for Marvel Comics in the past. As they talked about ideas, the game took shape.

Now the game is the focus of a Ministry Action Plan (MAP) for their pastor, Al Coffin, in his work with the Southeast District Operational Team of SLI, the Spiritual Leadership Initiative of the Iowa Conference. The game is “still a work in progress,” he says, “but (we’re) enjoying some early successes.”


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