Igniting the faith through fun and games

A group of teens, also known as the Igniters from the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHC) organised a programme, Duels of Disciples, to entice their peers to learn about the Bible through fun activities.

Sep 23, 2022

One of the groups playing the whisper challenge.


KUALA LUMPUR: A group of teens, also known as the Igniters from the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHC) organised a programme, Duels of Disciples, to entice their peers to learn about the Bible through fun activities. The event provided a space for young people to gather again as a community and to strengthen the bond between the youth and teens. About 40 participants from SHC and the neighbouring parishes, aged 11 to 30 attended.

After registration, there was a briefing on the ground rules and expectations by Isabel Moses and George James. Participants then went into small groups for an icebreaker and to come up with a team cheer. The Igniters Band led the groups in a Praise and Worship session before the teams showcased their cheers. They were awarded points based on the criteria of creativity, teamwork, the volume of voice, and cheer relevance to the group name. Team Lamentations won best overall cheer.

The rest of the session involved playing games like the whisper challenge (two members with headphones, sit opposite each other, and one shouts a word shown to them while the other tries to guess the word). Next was an obstacle course challenge that required one teammate to lead another blindfolded teammate through a course to pick out biblical characters by deciphering a set of emojis. The hangman challenge came with a twist – participants had water balloons dropped on their heads for every wrong letter guessed. To top it off, there was a Tik-Tok challenge where teams were given a minute and a half to choreograph the steps to the chorus of Praise and Worship songs and record it. After a short break, participants shared their experiences, followed by a prizegiving ceremony. The fun-filled day ended with a Praise and Worship session and a closing prayer.

Here are testimonies by a participant and the organising team. “This was the first event I attended at Sacred Heart Church. It was a great experience as I made new friends and learnt more about the Bible, in a fun way. The facilitators orchestrated the event very well and were very spirited and passionate throughout the whole programme. This event taught me that we can have so much fun together, just by playing games while praising God. I will definitely attend another activity like this at SHC in the future.” -- Rovin Luke

“It was an amazing opportunity to lead the event. I was touched watching many of the participants praising God during the closing song and the final prayer. They were thrilled and had a good time with the games and activities. I observed that many participants had an amazing time connecting with people their age and they didn’t forget to be themselves throughout the event. Leading the team to organise this event was challenging at first; however as time went by and as we were getting closer to the day everyone was cooperative. Each was given a part to conduct and organise. The team understood their task and offered to help other committee members when needed. I was blessed to have the opportunity to lead the organising committee and to co-lead the event.” -- Isabel Moses

All in all, it was a fruitful event when the team came together in their efforts to reunite the teens, post-pandemic. The team was satisfied and happy with the outcome of the event, especially by the participants’ response at the end. More events like this are in the Igniters plans as they continue journeying on their mission with teens. -- By Ronald James

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