Faith Through the Roof CD teaches the story of the man let down through the roof to see Jesus.
Mark 2:1-12 (Matthew 9:2-8, Luke 5:17-26)
Students begin the game aboard Peter’s sailboat on the Sea of Galilee. Peter invites the player to steer towards him hometown of Capernaum.
Once there, the player enters the twisty confines of the village and encounters Stephen who is looking for someone to help carry his paralyzed friend to Peter’s house in Capernaum where Jesus is teaching. (By the way, in the game if you walk up to the window where Jesus is talking , you can hear him preach.)
After finding the stretcher, the player and Stephen must carry Reuben on the stretcher through the town and find Peter’s house. Once inside Peter’s courtyard, of course, the door to the room where Jesus is teaching is blocked! …So the player and friend must carry the stretcher up on the roof and lower their sick friend down through a hole.
Finding your way around the village and up on the roof while carrying the stretcher is challenging, but not too hard. Young children may need some help (but they’ll think they did it all). See the GAME HELPS in the DOC BOX below on this page.
Once you lower the man down through the roof, the players see a short video of the rest of the story narrated by Peter. Players hear and see Jesus’ confrontation with the scribes. They see Jesus heal the man and speak to the crowd. Then Jesus invites the player to jump down into the room where Jesus explains his teaching and challenges the player to spread the word.
After talking to Jesus, the player is invited to go fishing with Peter.
On the lake, the player is presented with a Fishing Quiz that has several quiz questions about the story, -and about Jesus. The answer screens present additional content and discussion questions to read and respond to depending on your age group and the amount of time you have. These screens can be viewed in our Teacher’s Guide.
At the end of the Fishing Quiz your students have the option to watch the Music Video Reflection: “We’ll Follow the Son”.
The song lyrics pick up on the theme of Jesus’ call to our kids. They meet Jesus after they let their friend down through the roof. Jesus calls them to be his disciples and “go tell others what they have seen and heard here today.”
“The Captain is calling, young women, young men climb aboard! A new wind is blowing, SET SAIL! for the distant shore!” –from the song, “We’ll Follow the Son”.
This kid-friendly tune and video features some wonderful video of dolphin playing in the bow wake of a sailboat. You can print the full lyrics and music reflection notes in the Teachers Guide.
All totaled, it takes about 20-25 minutes to play the game, depending on the age of your students and how much you help them. Add 10 minutes for discussion. Our Teacher’s Guide has all the secrets and shortcuts!
Faith Through the Roof CD
Price: $18 for one CD
Age Range: Optimally 9 to 18. Children younger than 9 need help navigating and reading. This game does not require any reading skill until the end of the game, but it does require the ability to navigate using the keyboard. See our game guide for game clues that help younger kids (and teachers)
Minimum 1.4 gb processor, 1.5 gb ram, 64mb videoram. If you have an older computer, toggle open the Additional Notes below.
View/Print the Player Guide for students and some Game Tips
Includes a list of what to do, a Game Map, and playing tips
View/Print the Teacher’s Guide
Includes screenshots of the 5 questions/discussion panels at end of game.
Know thy computer.
If your computer is underpowered, has a weak video component, or is more than 5 years old, it may not be able to run the videos embedded in the game and levels may load slowly. 2 gb of RAM is our suggested minimum. If you have a Vista or Windows 7 -installed computer you likely have plenty of power. But if you have an XP installed or XP era computer, (ie, a computer made prior to 2007) you should check your amount of ram and videoram, and may need to add such. In May 2011 we issued an updated version 1.1 that makes the videos run a little easier on older machines Alternate low-res videos located in the game folder can swapped in for older computers). See Faith CD tech notes for additional help.
- Print both the Teacher’s Guide and Player Guide. They have several good tips and tell you exactly what to do.
- Always preview and play the game before the kids do so you look like a genius, and can help them if they get stuck.
- When carrying the man in the stretcher up the roof, you’ll have to use your jumping ability to get across the gap to the other roof.
- Hold down your Forward Arrow Key and Shift Key to get a running jump across the roof gap (by pressing your Home Key).
- There are two holes in the roof. The first one doesn’t do anything because Jesus is NOT in the room! Move on to the second hole in the roof where Jesus can be heard below.
- To get to the building where Jesus is talking, you will need to cross a board across the top of the gate. Use your mouse to look down at your feet as you cross, otherwise you may fall off.