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December 2018

Find it! an Epiphany Activity

By Dave Magee

Epiphany is all about the wise men and their quest to find and worship Jesus. This activity is all about experiencing the searching and finding in this story.

Important – before the class meeting time the teacher needs to hide (well!) a number of items in the class meeting space. The items should be desirable such as pieces of candy or something else a student would want. Also hide several non-desirable items such as random household items. The students will find them and then have to discern which are the true items they were supposed to find.

Announce to the group – “Before we gathered here today I hid something in the room. I’m not going to tell you what it is, but when I say go I want everyone to begin looking. I’m not going to tell you how many items are hidden, but I’ll tell you when to quit looking and come back to your seats. Go!”

Questions once the items are found:

  • Who found which items?
  • I didn’t tell you ahead of time what you were looking for, how did you know what to try to find?
  • Which of these items do you think are the ones that were intended as the true worthy items to be found?
  • How does it feel to have found the items that were valuable? To find the ones which weren’t really as valuable?

Final Word – As we seek to find Jesus in our lives we may find lots of different things, some which lead us to Jesus, others which may merely lead us in another direction or fool us into desiring them instead of Jesus. The magi weren’t alone, they had the star to guide them and each other for companions on the journey. Put others in your life and on your path who will help you to best find God.

Dave MaGee has served in youth ministry for two decades since graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 1999. He served as a youth minister in several churches in Texas and most recently served as the Director of Student Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.