Flashlight Tag is a terrific activity for an evening youth group program. All you need for this activity are Bibles, Bible concordances and flashlights! Begin your activity with a Bible study. Ask your students to use their Bibles and concordances to discover Bible passages regarding light. Allow time for each child to share his or her findings.

Read John 8:12, which says: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Explain how the world is often filled with darkness, sin and ignorance. We can begin to change our world by making a personal commitment to Jesus by asking Him to forgive our sins, come into our hearts and make us members of His family. Then, we can reflect His light by spreading His light, love, joy and happiness throughout our world.

Ask your class what they can do to make their world a better place. They may suggest ideas such as offering a word of encouragement, raking leaves, shoveling snow, contributing to the food pantry or visiting folks in the nursing home or hospital. Pick one or more of these suggestions and plan to carry them out as a future class project.

Now you are ready for Flashlight Tag! Ask all your students to bring one or more flashlights to the meeting, and bring a few spare flashlights to ensure that everyone will be properly equipped. Break up into two teams. Team 1 is to hide, and team 2 is to seek. Turn out the lights and instruct the seeking team to use their flashlights to find and tag members of the other team. The tagged players go to a waiting area until all their team members are discovered. When all the members of the first team are found (or a certain period of time has passed) the second team hides and the first team searches for them.

Close your meeting with refreshments and remind your young people of the good deed activity they have chosen for a group project.

The Rev. Doug Forbes coaches a ski and snowboard team in the Easton-Middleboro area.