Event: What's Behind Your Mask?
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)
Symptoms: Intimidating, unapproachable, bad attitudes.
Solution: "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly." (Proverbs 18:24)
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)
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)
Symptoms: Secretive, not sure who you are.
Solution: Be truthful in all things. Learn from the mistakes of others. (Acts 5:1-11)
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)
Symptoms: Overly dramatic, every thing is a crisis, not trustworthy.
Solution: "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways."(James 1:8)
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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