Coming up with ways to connect our children and youth with each other and with our church leadership has taken inventive thinking. One of the most successful has been our LEGO Master Tournament.
Based on the television show of the same name, families formed teams. Everyone did their projects at home and we meet weekly on Zoom.
Lego Master Tournament: Children and families form teams to be a part of a six week tournament. Families or children or youth register in advance. Levels are adjusted for ages. Each week the child/team builds a scene that is assigned to them. A video of the build is taken by family. Lego builds are uploaded to a dropbox. The congregation has two days to vote/judge the projects. The projects are voted on for creativity, staying true to the story, use of LEGOs, and originality in telling the story. Builds are based on Bible stories, Liturgy Parts, Church History, and Sacraments. The whole church got involved. The children, youth and families were creative, spent time researching their project, and went way beyond what was expected. They ended up teaching the whole congregation about the Bible, Liturgy, Church History, the Sacraments and our community.
Each week: the highest score picks first story and then go in order. Each team choses a different story. We meet on Zoom to remind them of how they are scored, get the scores from the previous week and pick their assignments. We met Sundays. They had until Thursday at noon to complete and video tape their project. We uploaded them to Vimeo and put a link in the newsletter for people to vote.
Week One Challenge-Old Testament
Week Two Challenge-New Testament
Week Three Challenge-Parts of Liturgy
Week Four Challenge-Church History
Week Five Challenge-Sacraments
Week Six Challenge-St. Paul’s Community
Instructions for teams each week:
Team takes a Video:
- Tell Assignment
- Show Completed Lego from all sides.
- Explain how team came up with idea and anything you think we should know.
- Email to Dropbox by Noon on Thursday.
Team takes a picture of team with Lego build for our newsletters, Facebook & Instagram accounts.
Loaded for Congregation and Voting start Monday at 5:00 PM. Voting Closes Wednesday at 5:00 PM.
Voting 1-5 with 1 being did not achieve it, 5 being excellent
- Overall Creativity
- Use of Lego Blocks
- Stayed true to story/assignment
- Originality in telling/showing story
I averaged the scores for each category above and then added them together.
Week One story ideas (Old Testament):
- Jacob’s story (especially the wrestling with an angel)-Genesis 32
- Balaam (and the Talking Donkey) -Numbers 22
- Ezekiel & visions – Ezekiel 1
- Deborah & victory – Judges 4 (might be too graphic?)
- Joshua & wall collapsing-Joshua 6
- Meshack, Shadrack and Abendigo -Daniel 3
- King Jehoshaphat- 2Chronicles 19-20
- The Tower of Babel – Genesis 11
- Samson – Judges 14-15
- Elisha and the bears- 2 Kings 2
- Naaman 2 King 5
Challenge 2: New Testament Stories
- Story of Zechariah-Luke 1: 5-25
- Simeon meets Jesus-Luke 2: 25-35
- Four Friends encounter Jesus-Mark 2:1-12
- Jesus heals the 10 Lepers- Luke 17:11-19
- Jesus Quiets the Storm: Mark 4:35-41 & Matthew 8:23-27
- Parable of the Prodigal Son: Luke 15:11-32
- Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead: John 11:17-44
- Jesus appears to Paul-Acts 9:3-19
- Paul and Silas in Prison-Acts 16:16-40
- Other ideas-Samaritan woman at well
Challenge 3: Parts of Liturgy (find all in Book of Common Prayer)
- Gloria (p 356)
- Hymn (any)
- Nicene Creed (p 358)
- The Confession & Absolution (p 360)
- The Lord’s Prayer (p 364)
- Morning Prayer-canticle (p 85- 95)
- Morning Prayer-General Thanksgiving (p 101)
- Psalm (any- starting p 585)
- Eucharist-the Great Thanksgiving (p361-365)
Challenge 4: Church History
- Martin Luther and the 95 theses
- Queen Elizabeth I
- Henry VIII
- Any Reformation References
- Samuel Seabury (First Episcopal Bishop)
- Civil Rights Movement
- Philadelphia 11
- Katharine Jefferts Schori (First Female Presiding Bishop)
- Council of Nicea
Challenge 5: The Sacraments (explained BCP page 858-859 and services in BCP)
- Holy Eucharist
- Holy Matrimony
- Reconciliation of a Pentinent
- Unction of the Sick
- Baptismal Covenant (BCP 304-305)
- Baptismal Vows (BCP 305)
Challenge 6: St. Paul’s Community
- Church Service at St. Pauls
- Children’s Ministry at St. Pauls
- Youth Ministry at St. Pauls
- Outreach-Serving others at St. Pauls
- House of Prayer
- Holy Days at St. Pauls
- Christian Formation/Sunday School at St. Pauls
- Favorite service or event at St. Pauls
- An event at St. Pauls
- Music Ministry at St. Pauls
I purchased two gold LEGO blocks on key rings. The LEGO Master for children age and for youth age each receive a gold block. They then become the judges for the next LEGO Master Tournament.