Light in the darkness

3.5 stars

This is a great, fun game for leading into topics like spiritual warfare, reaching the lost, etc.  

This is best played with low lights and room to run and hide.  You will need enough glow bracelets for everyone once they, "find the light".  It also helps to have hooded robes for the demons.

1. Use a cross with a light attached. Everyone starts out being, "lost" in the dark with a base they have to return to if they are caught.  You can either chose 2-3, "demons" beforehand or have some surprise guest adults join in as demons. (our youth loved this!)

2.  The lost are looking for the lighted cross.  While they are looking the demons can tag them and escort them back to base where they have to stay for a 5 minutes or have them do jumping jacks, etc.

3. If the lost find the lighted cross, a helper at the cross will give them a glow bracelet signifying they, "have the found the light" as Christians. The helper will also give the lighted ones a prayer on a piece of paper they have to read out loud to chase off demons trying to stop them.  The helper also gives them a paper slip with a CLUE for the lost as to where the lighted cross can be found.  We used Scripture as a clue.

4. The lighted Christians now try to find the lost and give them the clue to the lighted cross.  The demons have to work in pairs to harass Christians but can go solo to catch the lost.

5.  The goal is to seek and save the lost.  A variation is to only give out a few bracelets and to have the Christians try to get as many lost to the cross as they can.  The lost also can have the option of staying or leaving once they got to the cross. 

6.  Most importantly, be sure to talk it over with youth when done.  Ask questions about parallels with facing real fear, evil, having the light of Christ, etc.  As a leader be sure to have Scripture on hand to support answers and dialogue.  Have fun!

This game was submitted by Aaron Kilbourn - thanks Aaron!

  • Free / Low Cost
  • Night
  • Discipleship / Bible
  • Indoor
  • Large area
  • Outdoor
  • Teens (Age 12-15)
  • Teens (Age 16-18)
  • Young Adults

Group Size
  • Small Groups (1-9 people)
  • Medium (10-29 people)

  • Medium (11-29 mins)
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- Eli (6 Apr 2010)

This game kind of teaches salvation by works. Which is false. The part where the lost have to find the lighted cross. Scripture teaches no such thing and instead God 'finds' the lost. He chooses sinners and not the other way around. For sinners by themselves would never want to go to the cross. Eph 2:1 and Rom 9
- Boaz (28 Sep 2010)

I have not tried this but it looks like fun... and I'm not sure what all the fuss was with the other comments but I think any time we can find a teaching moment it is if you don't agree with the idea of the game teach your youth why!!!
- (28 May 2011)

Some of these comments are so serious, lighten up! It's a game that is an example of what we do. We find the cross, but God determines when we do. So just relax... cool.
- Reub (19 Jul 2011)

@ Boaz James 2:14-18 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works. **We must have works...this is a great game.
- Dee (29 Oct 2013)

Yes he does choose us...but once we are pricked in our hearts we must decide to come.God will not force any man to serve him. He tells us to come out of darkness and we have to choose whether we will obey or disobey his word.
- Dee (29 Oct 2013)

Sounds like a great game, I see the point that it is not how Christianity really works and because of that it is an awesome stepping stone to show kids that when we take our eyes of Christ we can feel like we have to save the sinners and work towards christ.  What a cool way to show feelings are unreliable and have kids discuss truths v feelings
- liz (22 May 2014)

this website is helping me a lot. my friends and i were chosen to plan out a kind of youth leader camp
- amrutha (13 Oct 2014)

Oh my word.... let's not forget that religion is a spirit!! this games is a lot of fun with great meaning behind it. Our kids loved it. We played it while teaching spiritual warfare.
- (17 Jan 2017)

I did this with my youth group last week and they absolutely LOVED IT! It was a great lesson and made learning lots of fun!

- Tracy (31 Jan 2017)

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