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Event: What's Behind Your Mask?
Marsha Gabbard

A masquerade party makes for a lot of fun and provides an ideal backdrop for discussions about the way we try to masquerade our way through life.  This event idea could easily be adapted to a series of workshops or a retreat.

We held a masquerade party and asked everyone to wear a mask, homemade or store bought.  We gave away door prizes, small lotions, shower washes, etc.

After refreshments, I spoke on being yourself, and not hiding behind masks.  We focused on the fact that if you don't like who you are, you can ask Christ to make you a new creature.  I had an assortment of masks to show, and made a personal application with a scripture reference for each one.  Below is a simple breakdown of the masks, symptoms and solutions.  

Here is an icebreaker we used to go along with this event.

Happy Face Mask

Symptoms:  "I'm fine" attitude. Fake smile. Denying you have problems or hurt. 

Solution: Believe God and be honest! (2 Timothy 3:5)

Halloween Mask

Symptoms: Intimidating, unapproachable, bad attitudes.

Solution: "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly." (Proverbs 18:24)

Blindfold

Symptoms: Going through life without knowing where you're headed.

Solution: Saul was blinded by the light before accepting Christ's offer of grace.  His blindness was used to change his direction and brought focus to his future. (Acts 9:3- 20)

Goggles

Symptoms: Feeling like you're drowning, overwhelmed with the cares of life, relying on your own strength.

Solution: "But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, 'Lord, save me.'" (Matthew 14:30)

Ski Mask

Symptoms: Secretive, not sure who you are.

Solution:  Be truthful in all things. Learn from the mistakes of others. (Acts 5:1-11)

Umpire Mask

Symptoms: Guarded, afraid to take risks or get involved in authentic relationships. 

Solution: "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another." (John 13:35)

Lone Ranger Mask

Symptoms: Feeling isolated, alone in a crowd

Solution: "The Lord is my strength and my shield." (Psalm 28: 6)

Theatrical Mask

Symptoms: Overly dramatic, every thing is a crisis, not trustworthy.

Solution:  "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways."(James 1:8)

Facial Mask

Cleansing (get rid of the dirt, grime and "bad" masks); freshen; renewed.

Psalms  51:10 "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me."

WM Note: There is so much fun potential in this event idea.  Decorate with masks.  Look for great ideas and supplies during Mardis Gras.  Give away facial masks and/or certificates for facials.  Create large theater masks out of foam core and use them for a stage backdrop.  Carve mask like images into watermelon for beautiful fruit displays. Use mardis gras beads.

Follow these links for mask decor:

If you have someone who would fit the part, develop a mime presentation or play a video of a mime.

Possible theme verses include:

  • The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)
  • O LORD, you have searched me and you know me. (Psalm 139:1)
  • If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:11-12)
  • Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. (Hebrews 4:13)
  • His eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step. (Job 34:21)


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