A good game for jr high. Ask several volunteers to agree to be “Wise Sages” for the evening. Optional: Ask them to dress up and wait in several different rooms in your facility. The farther apart the Sages are the better.
Next, prepare a sheet for each youth that has questions that only a “Sage” would be able to answer. They can be fun, silly, serious or related to your talk. But students must ask exactly the way the questions are phrased. Each Sage should have the answer to only one or two questions.
Give out your question sheet and a pen to each student. They must look for the Sages throughout the building. They are allowed to open the door and check to see if a Sage is there. If there is, they must close the door and petition the Sage to grant him or her an audience. They do this by saying these exact words…”OH GREAT WISE SAGE, MAY I ENTER?” If they fail to say this phrase, the Sage will say something like, “You have not asked correctly,” and tell them to come back later. Students must go from Sage to Sage and cannot go to the same Sage twice in a row.
Once a student gains an audience with a Sage, he or she may ask a question. If the Sage does not know the answer to their question, the Sage should say something like, “I truly do not know.” In that case, the student should make a note not to ask that Sage the same question again.
If the Sage knows the answer, then the student marks a correct answer on his/her sheet. The first student with all the answers wins.
The Point: This game stretches youth to think before speaking and be deliberate with their words.
Added by Shane Peters
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