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Gaming the Gospels: The Good Samaritan

Staff  |  01 June 2016

This game is based on the Gospel story in Luke 10:25-37, known as the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

To begin, participants are asked to close their eyes and lower their heads. The teacher or group leader will tap students gently on the shoulder to designate those students who will play the ‘injured person’ in the game. Around a third of the students are selected for this role.

When the leader calls ‘heads up’, the students are to go around asking each other ‘Are you okay?’ (the ‘injured’ students should also do this, just to confuse things).

If the person isn’t one of those who has been selected to be ‘injured’, they say, ‘I’m fine’. If the person is injured, they say ‘Samaritan’. When someone has found an ‘injured’ player, they can run towards the finish line. The first person to cross the finish line with an ‘injured’ player is the ‘Good Samaritan’.

Some reflection questions for students afterwards: How hard was it to ask other players ‘are you okay’? How did it feel to help someone or be helped across the finish line? How do you define a winner? When you’ve read or heard the story of the Good Samaritan in the past, did you consider him a winner?


Illustration: Caring in a competitive world, Annette Allman. Manorial Art Award (Theme: And Who is my Neighbour?)


Topic tags: sportandfairplay, scriptureandjesus

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