As we constantly look for ways to connect the Gospel message and our Catholic faith to daily life, I LOVE this idea of connecting board games to Scripture (and related teachings.)
There is a 12 week curriculum for children's ministry found at http://www.childrens-ministry-deals.com/collections/frontpage/products/board-games-12-week-childrens-curriculum
that I think has easy applications in working with teens --- develop your own ideas related to the following for your next youth ministry or family game night:
Games You Should Play:
Chess: Everyone has a role to play in the Body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Chutes & Ladders: Ups and downs, the story of Joseph. Genesis 40
Connect Four: Connect yourself and others to Jesus. John 1:43-51
Life: Solomon made wise choices. 1 Kings 3:4-15
Sorry: Jesus teaches what it means to really apologize. Matthew 5:23-24
Trouble: The story of Moses. Exodus 2:11-15
Games You Shouldn't Play:
Battleship: Stop destroying others through gossip. James 3:3-10
CandyLand: Solomon teaches against pursuing fun & pleasure all the time. Proverbs 14:12
Checkers: David wasn't willing to "jump" to get ahead. 1 Samuel 24:1-7
Hungry Hippos: Jesus warns us about being greedy. Luke 12:13-21
Jenga: Don't carry your burdens alone. Exodus 18:13-24
Operation: Jesus teaches us to remove the plank from our own eye first. Matthew 7:1-5
They have more ideas at:
How about discussing Matthew 25 while playing MONOPOLY?
Can choose adding homes and hotels in ways that help others rather than only your own greedy gain.
WHAT IDEAS CAN YOU ADD?
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.