Indoor Youth Group Games

Bible Pararaph Puzzle

This is a great Ice Breaker for those know-it-alls of the bible. The following paragraph has exactly 30 books of the bible hidden inside:

There are 30 books of the Bible in this paragraph. Can you find them? This is a most remarkable puzzle. It was found by a gentleman in an airplane seat pocket, on a flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu, keeping him occupied for hours. He enjoyed it so much, he passed it on to some friends. One friend from Illinois worked on this while fishing from his john boat. Another friend studied it while playing his banjo. Elaine Taylor, a columnist friend, was so intrigued by it she mentioned it in her weekly newspaper column. Another friend judges the job of solving this puzzle so involving, she brews a cup of tea to help her nerves. There will be some names that are really easy to spot. That’s a fact. Some people, however, will soon find themselves in a jam, especially since the book names are not necessarily capitalized. Truthfully, from answers we get, we are forced to admit it usually takes a minister or a scholar to see some of them at the worst. Research has shown that something in our genes is responsible for the difficulty we have in seeing the books in this paragraph. During a recent fund raising event, which featured this puzzle, the Alpha Delta Phi lemonade booth set a new record. The local paper, The Chronicle, surveyed over 200 patrons who reported that this puzzle was one of the most difficult they had ever seen. As Daniel Humana humbly puts it, “The books are all right here in plain view hidden from sight.” Those able to find all of them will hear great lamentations from those who have to be shown. One revelation that may help is that books like Timothy and Samuel may occur without their numbers. Also, keep in mind, that punctuation and spaces in the middle are normal. A chipper attitude will help you compete really well against those who claim to know the answers. Remember, there is no need for a mad exodus; there really are 30 books of the Bible lurking somewhere in this paragraph waiting to be found. God Bless.

Doing a word bank is optional, just email me for it. The answers are also hard to get, so email me for that too, if necessary. My email is

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Bible Relay

All you need is a baton (2) and players (any amount)! You split the group into two teams. On READY, SET, GO! The first runners start from one corner in the room and they have to say a verse they’ve memorized then run and pass the baton to the next and so on….the team with the greatest accuracy of scripture and the best time wins. However, there is no verse repeating allowed….all the verses have to be different!

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Bible Smuggling Adventure

I really liked the Amazing Mobesters game (or Mofia as we called it); however, I did not like the conotation. Therefore with the help of some friends we changed this game to Bible Smuggling Adventure. The detectives were changed to missionaries. They are trying to smuggle Bibles into a country that is closed to the Gospel. The mobsters turned into military police who try to stop the smuggling. The towns people are villiagers. Instead of having people be killed in each round they can be thrown into prison or disappear.

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Bible Tic Tac Toe

This game is played just like the childhood favorite. Use masking tape to make a large tic tac toe board on the floor. Divide the children into two groups. To differentiate between the X’s and the O’s, you can use those adhesive hole reinforcers to place on the O team’s foreheads. Ask biblical questions that you have prepared beforehand (I like to put the questions on strips of paper in a bag so I can pull them out randomly.) The children can work as a team to answer the questions but once they take their place on the Tic-tac-toe board, they can’t help their team. Just as in the game, the team that gets three in a row wins! Questions that neither team is able to answer will give you an idea of what you need to teach or review for the next Sunday school class! The difficulty of the questions will depend upon the age and knowledge of your group. The teamwork allows visitors who may not be familiar with the Bible to participate.

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Bible Verse Hunt

This is a neat game to play after the Youth service although you can play it anytime. Usually I choose Bible verses that pertain to the lesson/service for that particular day. This way it ties it in with the service. First, count the # of pews in your sanctuary, this is the # of verses you will need. Choose your verses carefully. Don’t choose them all in the same place of the Bible. Ask you youth group to bring their bibles or provide them with one if they don’t have one. You can play this in 2 different ways: 1- one big group or 2 – split into 2 teams. Have the players sit on the very back pew. You read out the Bible verse (Psalms 4:2) The first one to stand and read it correctly (to your discretion) moves up a pew. This continues until the first person reaches the first pew. If splitting into teams, you could have the winner be the first team with all its members to reach the first pew.

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Bible Verse Treasure Hunt

We found Bible verses that could apply to places in our community. We assigned teams and then placed slips of paper with a Bible verse at these locations. Each team would have to look up the Bible verse and figure out what location this could refer to and go to that location to get their next clue. All of the youth really seemed to enjoy this activity.
Great as an outdoor activity too!

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Birdie on a Perch

This is a great game that is a lot of fun for players and observers. It can really be played anywhere with almost any number of people (well, more than two)

The leader calls out for everyone to get a partner. (this by itself can sometimes be a game…) Then, once everyone has a partner, the leader begins to call out various orders:
“Hand to head!” (one partner then must put their hand on the others head)
“head to head!” (obvious)
“finger to ear!” (usually gets them laughing)
go on giving orders (and obviously use discrection since many partners will be guy/girl)
Then, anytime the leader is ready, he/she yells out “Birdie on a perch!” This means one person must kneel on one knee and have the other knee up; which the partner quickly sits on. The last couple (or last few if you have a huge group) are out and must sit down.
This game gets quick, and fun as the competition rises and observers begin to pick their champions. Every once in a while it is fun to yell “birdie on a perch!”, let them get out and yell “birdie on a perch!” as the FIRST order (catches everybody off guard)
Have fun, this is a great game!

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Black Ghost

Send one person out of the room. Encourage the rest of the group to pick an object in the room or on somebody’s person. The object can be large like a piece of furniture, or small like a button on a shirt. Once the object has been determined, the person comes in and the leader points to random items in the room while asking if it was the object picked. Here’s the trick, before you point to the object the class picked, point to an object that’s black. When you point to the object the class picked, the person sent outside should guess the object correctly. (It’s good to have the person sent out to know the game in order for it to work.) After you play a few times, invite to some of the group to try and guess an object to see if they’ve figured it out. The group will go nuts trying to figure out how you know what object was picked when you were out of the room.

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Black Spot

I got the idea for this game from reading Treasure Island. It also may be like some game I played when I was a kid, I forget.

Piece of paper and a pencil.
Candle (optional)

Number: 6-12 per circle

Tear up a sheet of paper into scraps (1 for each player). Mark one scrap with a large dot with the pencil. Put these scraps in a hat and have everyone choose one and show it to no one. Next have everyone look at their scrap to see who has the Black Spot. This should be kept a secret. Whoever has the Black Spot is now the Pirate. The Pirate’s goal is to “wink-out” everyone else in the circle by winking at them. Note: Only winks (one eye shut) work, blinks (both eyes shut) do not. Everyone must maintain eye contact with others in the circle. If you are “winked-out” by the pirate, you are out, and must turn away, lower your head, etc. Players not yet winked out try to observe the Pirate in his dastardly deeds and call him out by saying “The Pirate is none-other than_______” The person calling out must still maintain eye contact while reciting this phrase. This gives clever pirates a last chance to wink them out before they can finish the sentence.

Note: This game works very well in a small circle around a single candle. circles larger than 12 tend to be too big to see that someone’s winking at you.

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Blacklight Easter Egg Hunt

To put a twist on egg hunts for teens: Have a room that is able to be totally blacked out, By covering windows, etc. Hide the plastic eggs. (hint: blue ones are hardest to find, yellow easiest) Turn off the lights and turn on a blacklight (The tube light works better than a bulb) Have the teens come and crank some music to hunt to such as Nitro Praise. Then set a time limit and let ’em go. Winner with most eggs receives a cd, or shirt, or candy.

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