Teaching Games: The Cloud & The Pillar of Fire: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

If you’re teaching on Exodus, then here are some activities you can use to help your youth to relate to the story. “The Cloud & The Pillar of Fire” is part 2 of a series on Exodus.

The Big Idea: God’s presence with us & his guidance by the Spirit

Passages you could look at: Exodus 13:17-22, Psalm 119:9-16, Psalm 32:8, John 16:13


You will need: blindfolds, cones/foam cups/water balloons

Set up a ‘mine field’ by placing the cones/cups/water balloons randomly around a marked area.

Split your group into 2 teams. Blindfold one member of each team, and assign one person from each team to be their helper.

The blindfolded members have to navigate their way through the course and avoid knocking over the ‘mines’, by listening to their team’s ‘helper’ giving instructions from the finish line. At the same time, the rest of the group is to yell instructions from the sidelines to put them off.

The team that is able to complete the course and touch the least amount of ‘mines’ is the winner.

After the game, say something like:

After the Israelites left Egypt, God showed them where they needed to go by giving them a pillar of smoke to follow during the day and a pillar of fire to guide them at night.

Sometimes it can be hard for us to know where God wants us to go in life. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had God give me a pillar of fire to follow….

But God still does guides us today, so we are going to have a think about how he does that in our small groups.

Small group questions 

Discuss these questions in your groups

  • How does God guide us today?
  • Who is the Holy Spirit?
  • What part does he play in guiding us?
  • How can we hear God’s voice?
  • How do we distinguish God’s voice from all the others?
  • Share examples of when you have heard God speak to you in the past.

For more in the Exodus series see also: TrappedManna & Water and The Law