Whether you're marking a religious ceremony, such as a confirmation, celebrating a holiday, or just looking to add some wholesome activities, religious party games are a must-have for your next event.
Religious Versions of Popular Games
You can find Bible versions of the following popular board and card games:
- Mad Gab
- Apples to Apples
There is also a Jewish version of Apples to Apples. These games follow the same rules as the originals but replace generic topics with religion-themed cards.
Some games use a more common title as inspiration and give it a religious slant. Torah Slides and Ladders is a take-off on Chutes and Ladders while Bibleopoly puts a religious twist on the Monopoly concept. Jewish kids may enjoy a trip to Kosherland instead of Candyland. The Betrayal Bible Card Game offers a new take on Old Maid. Instead of avoiding the Old Maid card, players instead try to keep Judas out of their hands.
You can adapt any game to the size of your party by forming teams; a four-player game instantly accommodates many more.
Other Religious Party Games
The dreidel is one of the most traditional religious party games, commonly played during the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Players take turns spinning the dreidel, a top with four sides. The Hebrew letters printed on each side direct the game play. If the dreidel lands with the nun side facing up, the player does not do anything on that turn. If it lands with the gimmel side upwards, the player wins the pot. If the hey side is facing up, the player receives half of the pot. If the shin/peh side lands face-up, the player adds one coin to the pot. Players can fill the pot with actual money or foil-covered chocolate coins known as gelt to keep the original gambling feel of the game. However, any small object will work.
Bingo is another popular party game choice. You can find a few pre-made Bingo packages with Biblical and Jewish themes. It's also very easy to make your own Bingo cards featuring pictures or words related to your party occasion.
Charades and Pictionary
Guests of all ages can enjoy a game of Charades or Pictionary. By creating your own list of words and phrases, you can maintain the religious atmosphere and focus. If your party is in honor of a special occasion, such as a bat mitzvah, make sure the topics highlight the event.
Noah's Ark Ideas
The story of Noah's Ark can be used to inspire party games. A variation on Pin the Tail on the Donkey could involve placing Noah or some of the animals on an ark poster. A matching game with pictures of animals fits the story of the animals entering the ark two by two. Guests can try to create animal pairs in a variation of Go Fish or match up facedown cards in the style of Memory.
If you have some video game fans in attendance or guests who just love to dance, the Dance Praise series should keep them entertained. The game requires a computer and a special dance pad controller. Dance Praise is similar to the Dance Dance Revolution and So You Think You Can Dance games for video game consoles. Players must follow the on-screen pattern, using their feet to step on the dance pad's directional arrows. However, instead of the mainstream techno, rock and rap songs you will hear on other dance games, Dance Praise contains only Christian music.
Guests will have fun putting their knowledge to the test. There are a number of Bible trivia games available to purchase. Even if you don't use the game boards or follow the exact rules, they are a good source for questions. You can also make your own trivia questions tailored to the event you're celebrating.
Celebrate Your Faith in a Fun Way
Whichever option you choose, religious party games offer a way to incorporate your beliefs into the fun. Choose a few of these games to work into your next celebration.