Island Theme Ideas

Ultimate Survival (Tropical Version)
Women's Ministry Theme

Julia Bettencourt

Posted May 01, 2002

Spiritual Application

This theme centers around the Armor of God found in Ephesians chapter 6. 

A Christian Survival (tropical Island) Theme.

Theme Verse Suggestions

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand  against the wiles of the devil.  Ephesians 6:11

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Ephesians 6:13

Devotional/Lesson Suggestions

Ultimate Survival by Julia

Survival Topic Devotional Starter (Writing your own devotional using the Danger Signs listed under "Decorating" below.)

Study different battles we have in our lives such as how we battle with circumstances, disappointments, temptation, etc.

Earnestly Contending by Julia (Standing for the faith)

Watch out for the Wiles! by Julia

More Devotionals by Julia

Alternative Theme Titles

Ultimate Survival

Surviving This Ole' Sinful World

Having Done All To Stand

Fit for Survival

The Whole Armour of God

A Soldier in God's Army

Onward Christian Soldiers

Luau Night

Thrive to Survive  


Color:  brown, green, and blue shades (land, foliage, and water colors).

Let your guests imagine they are stranded on a dessert or tropical island.

There is not much difference between 'desert' and 'tropical' but 'tropical' has more decorating possibilities because you can use a few bright colors too.

Potted palm trees (silk or real)



Clusters of bananas

Grassskirts for skirting tables

You could use a few tiki lamps/torches.  Remember safety first. 

Of course you don't want to fool with cleaning up the mess that "real" sand can make but you can use tan material laid down underfoot or around the edges of your room to make a sand effect.

Make a few murals of tropical scenes to place around with a few palm trees, water, and a sun perhaps.

Luau items

Votive candles surrounded by "sand" (you can use instant potatoes)

Tropical flower arrangements

Beach comber hats

Bamboo placements

Armor - If you are quite resourceful, you might come up with pieces to a real suit of armour but since they range in the hundreds to thousands of dollars, it's maybe not likely:)  However, you can purchase 'toy' pieces of armour.  Sometimes you can find them or order them through your local Christian bookstore.

Danger Signs of Worldly Things

To tie it all into the theme verses you could place signs about such as the ones listed.  You may think of other things that Satan tries to snare us with for your signs.

"Danger Zone--High Tides of Sinful Lusts" 

 "Watch Your Step--Satan's Evil Snares May Be Hidden"

"Beware--Envy on the Loose" "Caution--Pride Sneaking In!" 

"Danger--Lagoon May Be Full of Vile Content" 

 (Lagoon directions below)  

Make a Lagoon (for a larger event)

Use a child size swimming pool and fill with several inches of water. Place in some water plants. 

You can use real or silk (fake). 

 Use some greenery to emulate seaweed. 

Use some tan or brown material draped around the pool for sand or land. 

Place some potted plants around the outside of the pool.

Treasure Chest in the Sand (for a larger event)

Use a child size swimming pool. 

Drape the edges with dark material if you wish to cover the plastic. 

Fill the pool with sand and place in a treasure chest. 

Make it look party buried. 

Then drape a cloth coming out and place pieces that represent the armour of God on the material.


Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure Icebreaker

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Relay Ideas

Relay Game Ideas

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Coconut Bowling - Use bowling pins (check for them in your $Stores). Use a coconut for a bowling ball.

Icebreaker Index


Have some tropical rain forest sounds playing in the background.

V Is For Victory   Wendell P. Loveless

He Is Able  Paul E. Paino

When the Battle's Over  Isaac Watts

Am I a Soldier of the Cross?  Isaac Watts 

Onward Christian Soldiers  Sabine Baring-Gould


Roll of Lifesavers.

If you want to spice them up.  Use scrapbooking paper to make a cover label for them and attach verse. 

Beach Comber Hats 

Christian Survival Kits (There are lots of sources online)

See my blog for creative favor ideas.

Door Prizes




Road Atlas

Large Package of Multi-Roll Lifesavers Candy

Highway Survival Kit - Flares, flashlight, etc.

Survival Gift Basket

Line with a natural fiber such as burlap or tropical themed material and fill with survival things such as nuts, nutcracker, coconut, pineapple, gummy bugs and worms, devotional book or small Bible, compass, journal. Don't forget a roll of lifesavers!

Door Prize Ideas for Women

Door Prize Tips

Just for Fun

Have a tiki torch that everyone can hold while they give their name and a something about them or give a short testimony.

Food and Serving

Foreign Foods

You could try some unusual things from different foreign lands or islands.  I wouldn't plan my whole meal around it but it might be fun to try something new.  You may know some missionaries you could get some ideas from.

Luau Foods

Hospitality in Women's Ministry

Copyright ©2002 Julia Bettencourt
Any Scripture quoted is in the King James Version.

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See my Luau Pinterest Board for more ideas!

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There is also a Medieval Survival Theme on the website.

Midieval Theme Ideas

This theme is geared for you to take a few ideas for a small meeting or take several for a larger event. These are suggestions for you to build upon.  Be creative...Julia

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