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      Icebreakers:
     Skeleton Race

   Even if you don’t want to be
 involved with Halloween, you’ll
want to grab at least one of those
    plastic or paper Halloween
skeletons for this object lesson /
                game.




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  Game Materials
  Purchase one or more plastic
  skeletons commonly found
  during the Halloween holiday
  season. You can also use a
  paper skeleton that is already
  cut into parts or make your
  own.
  (Optional) “Dem Bones” song to
  play in the background




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 Game Preparation
 Separate the plastic skeleton parts
 into pieces or cut them out if they
 are on paper.




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  Game Play
  Option 1:
  1. Obtain one skeleton for each team.
  2. Place all the parts for each skeleton
      in its own sack and give one sack to
      each team.
  3. When you say ‘Go’, each team must
      take out the skeleton parts and
      correctly reconstruct the skeletons.
  4. Award prizes for the fastest times.
      You can also give additional prizes
      for weirdest skeleton, etc.
  5. Play some crazy music while the
      game is going on like “Dem Bones”



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Option 2:
1. Hide the skeleton bones before the lesson
    starts.
2. Let the participants search for them and then
    reassemble the skeleton.
3. For older youth, you can hide the bones and
    then write out clues for them to follow to find
    them.
4. You can also get a few skeletons and break
    the kids into teams. You can have it as a free
    for all (i.e. hide all parts and award the first
    team to find one of each part and put the
    skeleton together), or you can add a spot of
    color or a colored ribbon to identify which
    skeletons belong to which team.
5. Team members must first find a complete set
    of parts… then they must assemble it
    correctly.
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Application
One of the scary things about Halloween is
the skeletons. A lot of people are afraid of
death. When they see bones it reminds
them of death and they become afraid. But
they are just bones and there is nothing to
be scared about. They can’t come to life
right? or can they?

The prophet Ezekiel might have had the
first Halloween scare! We don’t know what
day it took place, but it probably wasn’t
October 31st.

Let’s look at Ezekiel 37 to find out more!

Read the key verses from this vision.

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  God’s question to Ezekiel, “Can these dry
  bones live?” (v3) might be a question a lot
  of people ask on 31st of October.

  But God was talking about more than a
  skeleton in a closet. He was giving Ezekiel
  a glimpse into the future when Jesus
  would conquer death and bring life to us.
  Jesus did conquer death on a cross. He
  also resurrected Lazarus from the dead.

  Yet God was giving Ezekiel a picture of
  something more.




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  The bones represented the house of Israel and
  their dryness and loss of hope. (v11) The spirit
  of God would enter their bodies and they
  would experience restoration and life.

  There may be a situation in your own life when
  you feel like a pile of dry bones. A new life may
  seem impossible. But like Ezekiel’s response to
  God when asked “Can these bones live?”, we
  can answer “You alone know.” God knows and
  with God all things are possible.

  God can breath life into any situation you are
  in. Not only can he bring you a new life, but he
  can also give you a new heart: “I will give you a
  new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will
  remove from you your heart of stone and give
  you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in
  you and move you to follow my decrees and be
  careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
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•   We are all dead in our sin, like a pile of dry
    bones (Ephesians 2:1)
•   But God, because of his great love for us,
    makes us alive in Christ (Ephesians 2:4-5)
•   We experience new life through faith in
    Christ! Doing good things doesn’t get us
    eternal life, but we are made alive in Christ
    that we might do good things for Him.
    (Ephesians 2:8-10)




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 Lyrics to Dem Bones

 E-ze-kiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
 E-ze-kiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
 E-ze-kiel cried, “Dem dry bones!”
 Oh hear the word of the Lord.

 (tune descends in half steps)

 The foot bone con-nected to the (pause) leg-bone,
 The leg bone connected to the (‘) knee bone,
 The knee bone connected to the (‘) thigh bone,
 The thigh bone connected to the (‘) back bone,
 The back bone connected to the (‘) neck bone
 The neck bone connected to the (‘) head bone
 Oh hear the word of the Lord!


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  Dem bones, dem bones gon-na walk a-roun’
  Dem bones, dem bones gon-na walk a-roun’
  Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk aroun’
  Oh hear the word of the Lord

  (tune descends in half steps and we retrace
  the body)

  The head-bone connected to the neck-bone,
  the neck-bone connected to the back-bone
  The backbone connected to the thigh-bone
  the thighbone connected to the kee-bone
  the kneebone connected to the leg bone
  the leg bone connected to the foot bone
  Oh hear the word of the Lord


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