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The game of life questions and activities

Staff  |  25 February 2021

Before embarking on The Game of Life activity in the autumn edition of Australian Catholics consider the following questions and activities.

QUESTIONS

  • What have been the milestones in your life so far?
  • How did you prepare for these milestones? Perhaps it was an exam and you studied, or a sporting trophy for which you practised.
  • How did you feel approaching these milestones? Were you excited, impatient, anxious?
  • How were the milestones marked?
  • Did you feel changed after achieving the milestones? If so, how?

ACTIVITIES

REFLECTION 

THE GAME OF LIFE could provide a helpful tool for a reflection activity at a retreat or formation day. It could be unpacked in a single session, or a series of sessions exploring each of the four pathways in the game. Here is a possible process: 

Introduce the session with a reading, video or song about the different journeys we all take through life. (Galilee Song, Bible journeys such as Moses and the Israelites, Mary’s declaration to the Archangel Gabriel that she was ‘the handmaid of the Lord’, the change in the disciples after Pentecost when they left the locked room and went out to preach.)

Quiet time: Students spend time in reflection. Start by recalling some of the milestones they’ve experienced in their life so far. As they recall various milestones, ask them to jot them down under each of the headings. Then, ask them to consider some of the later milestones. Jot down what you would hope to achieve in your life. 

Small group sharing:  For the first round of sharing, ask the students to share some of their milestones so far. You might start with ‘friends’ and ‘milestones’ in the first round, and then go to ‘faith and family’ in the second. Then, ask the students to share some of their dreams for the future. 

Finish with reflection and another song. 

FAMILY STORIES: Choose an older family member or friend to interview about their life. Ask them to share with you a story about each of the milestones in the game, then write up their story as an account of their life. 

WHAT'S CHANGED? Choose a reading from the Bible where there had been a change and develop a short skit of 'before' and 'after'. For example, Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and sold him to the Ishmaelites hoping to get rid of him (before). When a famine occurred in their homeland the brothers went to Egypt to ask for food only to find their brother in charge and they honoured him (after). Peter and other disciples were fishermen (before) but when Jesus called them they became his disciples (after). The skits should explore a little of what their lives were like before and then how they felt after. 

HOW WILL YOU ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS? Consider one the four journeys outlined in this game. What will a person need to do to achieve each step – what skills will they need to develop, what people will be needed to support them, etc. Write a brochure or record a podcast that’s a guide to achieving your dreams on one of the four journeys, outlining what a person needs to have in order to achieve each step along the way.

FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS

Talk with younger students about the changes that have occurred in their lives – have they new siblings, older siblings who have gone on to different schools or university, started work? How have they changed?

Personal noise survey

In this activity the students will be asked to reflect on the need for silence in their lives and to pray reflectively.

Discuss why silence is essential for a healthy prayer life. Distribute copies of the personal-noise survey or write it on the board. Allow sufficient time for the young people to answer the questions.

  • What place for you is the most silent? Home? School? Church? Backyard? Park? Other?
  • What time of day is the most silent? Morning? Afternoon? Evening? Night?
  • When are you the most silent? In church? At school? At home? In trouble? Other?
  • Do you choose to work in silence, without a TV or music? Why or why not?
  • Why do you think young people like to play music loudly?
  • Does silence make you nervous? Why or why not?
  • What is one thing you can do to cut down on the noise in your life?

Invite volunteers to share their answers with the entire group.

 

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