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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

July 15, 2010

Small Group Game: The Body of Christ

This twenty-minute game is a fun icebreaker for Confirmation classes or youth groups helping teens to make a connection with the Body of Christ and the variety of gifts that make up the Church. It can be found in Send Out Your Spirit, a Confirmation preparation program for teens.

A rather active exercise can be used as a lead-in to help the teens understand that they are literally members of the Body of Christ. Divide the class into groups of six to eight participants. Remind them of St. Paul’s description of the Church as a body with many parts. Read all or part of 1 Corinthians 12 as a means of introduction.

Within the small groups, assign “parts” of the body. Two people can be “arms,” two to four people can be “legs,” one person can be a “mouth,” and the last person can be the “eyes.” The task of the group is to cross from one side of the room to another and to open a closed Bible to 1 Corinthians 12.

The challenge is that only the people who are legs can have their feet touching the ground. Only the people who are arms can use their hands. Only the person who is eyes can see (the rest of the group should close their eyes or be blindfolded), and only the mouth can speak.

Basically, it falls to the “legs” to carry the other members of the group across the room and the “eyes” and “mouth” to direct the “arms” to open the Bible to the correct page.

The first team that completes the task is the winner. Besides following up on the activity with more discussion of 1 Corinthians 12, this can be a good lead-in to a discussion on the diversity of gifts within the Church and how all must work together.


1 Mrs. Teshima

Oct. 21, 2010
Has anyone actually tried this in the real world, and how did it turn out?? I wanted to try it, but honestly I was worried that someone might get hurt!<br /><br />Reviews??

2 Mike Amodei

Nov. 3, 2010
You need a large open space. Clear out the desks and give it a shot.

3 Sam

Aug. 27, 2013
If the person who has eyes can't talk, how do they tell the others where the bible is, how to open it and read if they can't speak to the person who can talk??? i think something is missing here? sounds interesting though.

4 Mike Amodei

Aug. 28, 2013
The "mouth" (eyes closed) and the "eyes" (eyes open, mouth closed) must be in close albeit proximity and find creative ways to communicate with one another as their gifts allow.


Feb. 4, 2015
hi Is there any video of this game being played. would like to try this in our SFC camp!!!

6 Ms.Jo

Sept. 11, 2017
Ice breaker "Body of Christ, I had my doubts about it, but it marvelous to see the process to completion of the activity. The kids really did buy in and worked as a team.I would trust the kids and they will take over and really talk to each other. I recommend this to all.

7 Sr. Alma, SPC

Oct. 27, 2018
This sounds interesting and exciting for the teens. We'll give it a try in one of our activities. Surely we need a big space. Thanks.

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