Ultimate Survival (Tropical Version)
Women's Ministry Theme
Posted May 01, 2002
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
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
Alternative Theme Titles
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
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.
Votive candles surrounded by "sand" (you can use instant potatoes)
Tropical flower arrangements
Beach comber hats
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.
Coconut Bowling - Use bowling pins (check for them in your $Stores). Use a coconut for a bowling ball.
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.
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!
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
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.
Copyright ©2002 Julia Bettencourt
Any Scripture quoted is in the King James Version.
See my Luau Pinterest Board for more ideas!
There is also a Medieval Survival Theme on the website.