I love this game! More importantly, kids love this game!
This game can be played inside or outside. It requires no equipment. And there’s LOTS of running!
You need a big, empty space (like a field or a gymnasium) and basically the children will have to run from one side of the room to the other without getting caught.
Here’s the lay-out of the playing area:
- On one side of the playing area is the ship.
- On the opposite side of the playing area is the shore.
- The space between the ship and the shore is the ocean.
- Appoint one player or leader to stand in the ocean – they are the Fish Gobbler.
- Another leader – standing on the sidelines – is the caller
- All the other players start by touching the ship-side of the playing area.
Here’s how to play:
The caller shouts directions – either “ship” or “shore” – and the children have to run in that direction. The caller can call out either of these directions at any time (even while children are in the middle of the room, running in one direction) and the children have to run in the direction called.
Meanwhile, the Fish Gobbler just stands there and does nothing… until the caller calls out “Fish Gobbler!”
At this point, the Fish Gobbler can run around and tag the players. In order for the players to be safe from the Fish Gobbler, they must lie down on the floor and touch another player. Anyone caught by the Fish Gobbler becomes another Fish Gobbler.
Continue play until everyone is a fish gobbler.
Reasons Why I Love this Game:
- All children play at the same time. No one is left out.
- It is easy to learn and simple to play.
- It is easy to include new players into the game, even in the middle of the game.
- It is extremely versatile – it can be played almost anywhere, requires no equipment, and can be played with almost any number of children
- I love the shrieks of laughter I hear whenever I play this game.
MissionFest is an annual event in Winnipeg, which features speakers, music and displays from missions organizations. There is also a children’s program and I was a volunteer this year.
I arrived at 1pm only to find out I wasn’t needed until 2:30pm. I wandered through the exhibits and bought a new copy of Operation World (this is a must have book for anyone working with kids!) At 2:30pm I was thrown into the lion’s den when I was asked to lead an impromptu game for the kids as they arrived…it’s always a good idea to have a game or two up your sleeve for these situations.
After games there was a snack and a presentation and then the kids had their own special speaker…who was not a speaker at all. Greg Wood is a local evangelistic comedy entertainer. He was very good. There were about 100 kids and he had their attention from the beginning. He was engaging and funny. He talked about sharing Jesus with our friends and he told Bible stories, all while doing illusions that had the kids interested.
I was glad to be a part of MissionFest and to see 100 kids encouraged to take an active part in making disciples around the world.
I love VBS! I love the creativity that oozes out of totally committed volunteers. I love the anticipation and excitement surrounding VBS. I love the chatter of kid’s voices and the laughter. I love the games and the crafts and the snacks and the spontaneous activity.
But the thing I love most about VBS is sharing the gospel. I love telling kids who have never heard before that our God is holy and awesome and loves them so much that He sent His Son to take the punishment for our sin. I love telling them that forgiveness of sin and a relationship with God is possible because of Jesus, our great Savior!
It can be very tempting to get caught up in the décor and the theme and the games and the crafts and miss out on the most important part of VBS – the gospel.
When choosing your VBS program this year, look past the glitzy décor and crazy games to the heart of the program. Does it offer a clear, compelling, age-appropriate gospel message? Do the other activities serve to support the gospel message?
The most important thing to look at when choosing a VBS program is the daily themes and Bible lessons. Don’t settle for a program that has everything you could possible need in one box, but a weak gospel presentation.
In an upcoming blog post I will talk more about sharing the gospel with kids.
Hi! For my first blog post, I wanted to quickly introduce myself and tell you what I do… and why I’m doing it.
THE VERY BEGINNING
I grew up as a pastor’s kid on the prairies. My Mom and Dad love God and have dedicated their lives to serving Him. My parents taught me a lot about loving God and loving people. At 7, I gave my life to Jesus and grew up with a desire to serve God.
After graduating high school, I attended Canadian Bible College (now Ambrose University) where God continued to clarify His call on my life. I graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Education majoring in Christian Education so I could work with kids in a church setting. I met my husband while at Bible College and we’ve embarked on many adventures together!
We live in Winnipeg Manitoba.
I LOVE WORKING WITH CHILDREN!
I have served in large churches and small churches, in a volunteer capacity and in a professional (paid) capacity. I’ve worked in churches with hundreds of children and even taught Sunday School with only a couple of kids in the seats!
Along the way, I’ve served in the nursery, taught Sunday School to all ages, volunteered in and directed VBS’s, volunteered in community children’s programs, designed and served in mid-week club programs and summer day camps, and developed missions programs and projects.
I am passionate about Jesus and kids and the people who work with kids in the church. I want to help empower children’s ministry volunteers – especially those who work in small and rural churches. You give so much of your time and love to this important work and I want to help you become more effective.
I’d love it if you would join me on your journey as a children’s ministry volunteer. Bookmark this blog and come back to it often: I’m going to provide free resources and ideas for you and your fellow children’s ministry volunteers!