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Bible Skills and Games Lessons, Ideas, Activities, and Resources for Teaching the Story of Ruth in Sunday School.

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Don't forget to check out our Writing Team's "Story of Ruth" Lesson Set. It has a great "Geo-Journey Stations" Workshop lesson in it that teaches several Bible skills related to this story in a game-like way.

Originally Posted in a discussion forum...
Neil MacQueen wrote:

Here's a gamey activity that illustrates the wonderful verse:

Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die, I will die—there will I be buried. Ruth 1:16

It's more than just "I'm going with you and be your friend." It is more like, "I'm going to become like you and become (convert to be) one of you." Naomi has been such an example to Ruth that Ruth wants to stay with her.  And Naomi's faith in the God of the Israelites has also rubbed off. It's also a promise to PROTECT Naomi in her old age -- to make sure she has a provider and is cared for.

The Reflection Game

One person tries to mimic another as they stand face to face. One person leads. The teacher will prompt them with motions and ideas.

Start with simple things, like imitating hand and leg movements. Then graduate to various mime motions for concepts such as prayer, worship, strength, service, love, and then acceptance.

Stop and ask how easy/hard that was. How did you imitate the leader?

Let them switch so that the follower can be the leader this time, repeat.


Look like Jesus

Look like you are filled with faith

Look like you are doing the right thing

Look like you are standing tall and brave.

Look like you are rejecting something bad.

Looking like you are helping someone.

Stop and ask how hard THAT was!   Switch and let the follower lead as you repeat some of these ideas/motions.

(For younger children, you might also add "follow the leader.")

What happens when the leader messes up?  What happens when the leader doesn't repeat the motions so you can learn to follow them?

Ruth wants to stay with Naomi because of what she saw IN Naomi.

Will people want to follow you?

Will people say about you "that's someone I'd like to be like" ???

How do we become LIKE Jesus?  (by following/learning from him, imitating him)

JESUS SAID "FOLLOW ME"  ...which is what Ruth chose to do with Naomi, because Naomi was a righteous loving woman.

Paul said in Philippians 3:17  "17 Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example."

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10 Quiz Questions About Ruth

originally posted by member Augustana Lutheran



  1. Why did Elimelech take his family from Bethlehem to Moab? [because there was a famine in Bethlehem]
  2. What happened to Elimelech after they got to Bethlehem? He died
  3. What happened to Elimelech’s and Naomi’s two sons? They both died
  4. Naomi’s husband was dead and so were her two sons, was Naomi left all by herself? [no] Who did she have? [her son’s wives] What were their names? [Ruth and Orpah]
  5. Why did Naomi decide to return to Bethlehem? [she heard that the famine was over in Bethlehem and there was again food] **Just a note – The word Bethlehem means “House of Bread” and means that there was always plenty to eat there. That is why it was so unusual for there to be a famine.
  6. Did Orpha and Ruth go along with Naomi back to Bethlehem? [Ruth did but Orpha stayed in Moab]  **During these days in history it was very hard for women who had no husbands or sons to care for them. It was expected that another man in the family would care for them.
  7.  Was Naomi a happy lady? [no] How do we know that? [she didn’t want the people in Bethlehem calling her Naomi which means pleasant but she wanted them to call her Marah which means bitter.
  8. What did Ruth do when they came to Bethlehem? [she gathered food for Naomi and herself]
  9. When Ruth went to the fields to glean she went to a field owned by Boaz, a relative of Elimelech’s. Do you think this was just an accident, or did God have His hand in her choice of fields? [God was watching over Ruth and Naomi]
  10. What was the unusual way that people in the days of Ruth and Naomi “sealed a deal”? [Boaz took off his sandal and gave it to the other man.]
  11. How did the story end? [Ruth married Boaz and they had a son named Obed]
  12. Who was Obed’s grandson? [King David]

**Ruth was the great-grandmother of King David. David was in the family line of Jesus. Even though Ruth was a foreigner and not a Jew, God used her because of her great faith. Ruth became an ancestor of Jesus, our Great Redeemer! Although bad things happened to Ruth and to Naomi, they still knew that God loved them and believed in Him.


Bible verse: “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” Romans 8:28a KJV


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Just as Naomi and Ruth had each other's backs and worked together, have 2 kids stand back to back and tie them together at the waist.  Scatter the ground with "wheat" (could be crayons, paper strips, bean bags, etc) and give the kids a basket.  Tell them to work together and collect all the wheat before harvest ends (30 seconds).

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