I remember games I used to play as a child. The usual board games, but more than that the games we played in the street and schoolyard. Anyone ever heard of Cocky Rusty? I think it was our local version of British Bull Dog.
At college, many of my friends loved playing dungeons and dragons and/or war games. Must be something that physicists and scientists do as a side-line, but I never got the bug.
We’ll be playing games with a small group later at Youth Club. Drama games, but still with that same appeal that I think games had in my childhood.
Why do we play games and enjoy them?
I guess, more than anything, it is to explore relationships, have fun with other people, not take ourselves too seriously, realise we belong. That’s what I hope the games will allow us to do.
There must be a different dynamic with computer games though. They definitely give you a ticket into the world of gaming, and so belong with other gamers, but you do play many in physical isolation.
In my mind, we should play at church. When we meet, it shouldn’t be a spectator event, nor a time for supporters to meet, but a many-faceted meeting hosted by the Holy Spirit with the agreed rules we call liturgy. A place to explore and celebrate together our relationship with God and each other.
Some people would love to be with us at worship, but cannot leave their homes. Others do not know what it is they are missing.
In case you think you have grown too old to play games, let me remind you that Jesus made it clear you cannot enter the kingdom of God unless you are prepared to enter as a child. You are never to old to become a child like that.