(A Note to those not at my church: these weird posts are part of a game we’re playing in our Children’s Ministry. Some parts will be difficult or impossible to play without actually being in our town/being a member here. But, regular blog posts will be coming out also, so just ignore any weirdness or odd grammar.)
If you’re reading this, stop here. Don’t spoil the mystery.
Ok, now that that’s done…
You are about to embark on an exciting adventure… hopefully.
We are starting an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) to help kids get more out of the take home materials and coming to church. An ARG is a type of game that uses normal, everyday items to hide codes or clues or puzzles for players to solve. The goal is to create an exciting alternate reality where anything could be a clue or message leading to one. For example, there might be a clue on the previous blog post… Or the handout you got this link from.
Each week, we will take advantage of technology, the Internet, our church building, take home materials, websites, and simple code-breaking ciphers to create a sense of mystery around the coming of Jesus as a baby, because that one moment in time changed everything. Suddenly, God has come as a human to share in our life, struggles, and pain to carry our suffering and share in our happiness.
Each clue will have some kind of information that leads to the next. If you miss a week/clue, please contact me and let me know. Your kids will need your help. Your family will also receive a prize for completing the search… but you’ll have to wait until the end of the game for that part.
Really, though, this is supposed to be fun, so if you get stumped, have trouble with tech or something doesn’t work right, let me know ASAP so we can get the game going smoothly. That said, make sure you’re part of the HVCC Kids Facebook group, make sure you keep and read all the hand outs, and be ready to help your kids search for clues!