Use this fun activity to help people at your church understand their unique gifting and place in ministry.
You’ll need: 5 clear glasses, hot water, tablespoon, pipette or medicine dropper, Skittles candies
SAY: When we see a rainbow in the sky, the colors always have a certain order. The colors never change their order. That’s how God made rainbows. Let’s do an experiment to help us think about that.
Have the participants assist you in this experiment. Put two tablespoons of hat water into each of five glasses. Add two red Skittles to one glass, four orange to a second glass, six yellow to a third glass, eight green to a fourth glass, and 10 purple to the fifth glass. Get people to help stir the Skittles in the water while it’s still hot until the candies dissolve, about 10 minutes.
ASK: God also created us in a certain way. Every person has their own unique style. Find a partner and share something special about yourself—skills, talents, or personality characteristics. What is something you can do well?
Once the water is cool, have people use the pipette or medicine dropper to transfer the green water into the glass with the purple water. Transfer it by letting the liquid gently run down the side of the glass so the colors remain separated. Even if the colors do mix a little bit, if they’re cooled and you slowly run the liquid down the side of the glass, the less dense liquid should pop back up on top. Next add the yellow in this way, and then the orange, and finally the red.
SAY: Like the rainbow we just created, God made each of us in a special and unique way. We fit into God’s plan to do the ministry he’s prepared us to do.
READ: Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
ASK: What might be the ‘good work’ God has prepared for you to do and how can our church support you in doing that work?
Continue the discussion on ministry options in your church and community. Supply people with additional information on next steps to get involved!
[Editor’s Note: Adapted from the July/August 2016 issue of Children’s Ministry Magazine]