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The Creed Game

Activity Objective:
To memorize the Nicene Creed by creating and playing a game
Lesson Outcome:
The children will help each other learn the Nicene Creed.
Materials
  • Large sheets of construction paper (12" x 18", six sheets per group, all the same color)
  • Markers of different colors
  • Simple rewards (optional)
  • Copies of the Nicene Creed for everyone:

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,  
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Directions:
  • Prepare for this activity by cutting the large pieces of art paper into long strips, approximately 18" x 4".
  • Explain to the children that this activity will help them to learn the Nicene Creed.
  • Divide the children into groups or allow them to choose a partner. Give each group 18 strips of paper (all the same color).
  • Hand out copies of the Nicene Creed.
  • Ask them to print (with dark markers) two lines or one full sentence of the Creed on each piece of art paper.
  • When all of the groups have finished writing out the Creed, ask each group to arrange their strips of paper in the correct order to say the Creed.
  • Check their work by having all of the groups read the Creed together. Have the groups make any corrections that are needed.
  • Then ask each group to mix up the order of their set of papers and to exchange their sheets with another group.
  • When you say "Go!", each group should assemble the lines of the Creed that they have in the correct order as quickly as possible. The first group to do so correctly could receive a simple reward.
  • When one group has successfully completed their task, give a few minutes for the remaining groups to arrange their lines of the Creed in the correct order.
  • Then ask one member of each group (or pair) to move to another group. Exchange the sets of Creed lines with a different group and repeat the process above.
Learning Styles:
People Smart
Approximate Time:
15  minutes
Hints:
Different groups can have different colors, but each group should have only one color of paper.

A similar strategy could be used to learn the Apostles' Creed.
Sensitivities:
If there are children in your group with special needs (physical, visual, hearing, language, or behavioral disabilities), adapt the activity accordingly.