Setting: Indoors on a smooth non-carpeted floor
Needed: Two small boxes of equal size, two small strips of paper containing a Bible verse, tape, two chairs or crepe paper strips
Background: In a country where Christians have been imprisoned for telling people about Jesus, Christian activities are not allowed in the prison. So some Christians invented creative ways to encourage one another. One group of Christians wrote Bible verses on very small pieces of paper. They cut a portion out of a bar of soap, put the paper between the two pieces of soap, and put the soap back together. Then they slid the soap under the bars of their cell into other cells opposite theirs. Other Christian prisoners were happy to see the verses.
Instructions: Cut a slit in the top of two small boxes of equal size. Insert a Bible verse on a small piece of paper through the slit into the boxes. Tape the boxes shut to represent the bars of soap. (Variation: Use the instructions in a soap-making kit to make small bars of soap. Add Bible verses on small pieces of paper before the soap hardens.)
Divide into two teams with an equal number of players. Mark starting and finish lines several yards apart. Mark another line halfway between the starting and finish lines. To represent the jail cell doors, place two chairs just beyond the finish lines, one for each team (or make a cell door from PVC pipe.) Or, to represent cell bars, hang several strands of crepe paper from the ceiling to about six inches above the floor, for each team.
Using relay rules, let the first player on each team run to the halfway line, place the soap on the floor, and slide it along the floor with their hand air-hockey style to get it between the legs of their team’s chair (or underneath the crepe paper). If they miss, they can retrieve the soap and return to the center line to try again. They continue attempts until they succeed. The second player then runs into the cell, gets the soap, and takes it back to the third player, who slides it as the first player did. The team whose members all finish their task first wins. If desired, play a second round, switching the players who retrieved the soap with the players who slid it.
(Variation: Have someone act as a prison guard who paces back and forth past the playing site. When the guard comes near, no one can slide the soap.)
(Source: Kids of Courage VBS curriculum)