Get several bags of Cheese Puffs any brand. Can be done in teams or individually.
Take one cheese Puff and nibble a little bit of one end away. Then,take another Cheese Puff and do the same. Now,moisten the nibbled end of one of the Cheese Puffs and stick it to the nibbled end of the other cheese puff. They will stick like glue and remain that way. Now keep adding to the fused Cheese Puffs to see how long you can make a bunch of Cheese Puffs. This is a riot and a very tasty game.
On the last day of our Vacation Bible School (VBS), we had each child write down five (5) things that they learned during VBS. Then, we presented each child with a pass to go to “Sundae School”. Each child was allowed to make their own ice cream sundaes in “Sundae School”. We had ice cream, fruit, marshmallows, gummy bear, nuts, M&M’s, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, caramel, whipped cream, and sprinkles.
It was a fun way to end VBS and we were able to relate it to the Bible.
In your church’s main fellowship hall or gymnasium. Have all the young people bring dome tents (the kind that stand without having to be staked into the ground, most new tents are of this sort). They’ll also need all their camping things like sleeping bags, pillows etc. Set it all up in the gym, with a fake campfire in the center, those fake fire logs that plug in, or red cellophane placed amongst a stack of firewood, with a light bulb under it shining through the cellophane.
Have all the usual camping type fun, in a simulated way, we got all the campers to bring flashlights and turned out all the lights and got them to use their flashlights to see if they could find all the little plastic insects that we had scattered around the gym. Having songs and devotionals around the campfire. We cooked on barbecues just outside the doors. We did pearl diving using a kids swimming pool and marbles, that they had to see how many they could grab with their toes.
This activity is for the BOLD. “The Takeover” is a simulation skit. As we near the FINAL DAYS,on this earth, there’s the threat that one day the UN may decide to stop allowing worship all together! That’s what this simulation is all about! My Youth dressed in full camoflage carried weapons and we took the congregation hostage. We took the preacher hostage, threw the Bible on the ground, also we took all the musicians to a holding cell. Our Senior Youth came in as the leader of this takeover, and gave a speech containing the following statements:there’s to be no more worship of Jesus Christ, no more praises to GOD, the very mention of the name of Jesus will NOT BE TOLERATED! As the congregation tried to continuing to worship, when the name of JESUS was mentioned, sang, or any other form of worship took place, these were arrested and taken to a holding cell. Our holding cells were down in the basement, and after the entire congregation was put in prison, we had a real moving service. Our service contained praises, testimonies (mainly from the congregation), devotions; all based on our priviledes that we have and take for granted.
[Ed. Note: I think this will have to be greatly modified before use, but I think their intentions are in the right place – just be cautious how you use it, you never know who is in your meetings and congregations. I.E. war veterans, refugees, children, etc.]
We just asked each of the kids to “Make Their Own Italian Dish.” They may have a parent help but we really encouraged them to do it themselves. Then everyone brings their dish to youth. I supplied all the other things. I figured that we’d get a bunch of different spaghetti dishes, but these kids got creative! They really seemed to enjoy it so we even did a taste of Mexico Night! Another big hit!
Earlier this summer, my youth leader and I came up with the idea for a newsletter for the youth group…yet it’s so much more than a newsletter. He named it The Fire Escape, and I went right to work on it. In one section, we write about issues that we as teens face in our everyday lives. In another we list events the youth group will be participating in and/or attending (such as this year’s Acquire the Fire tour). We have a “Salvation Corner,” where I leave a short salvation message for those readers who may not have accepted Jesus, and we have a prayer list. My email address and phone number are always included so the other kids can let me know if they have any prayer requests or suggestions for the next issue. For fun, we schemed up a character we call “The Snipe.” What The Snipe does is good things for people, to reflect the love of Christ….but what The Snipe REALLY loves to do is pull practical jokes on people.
***Just this past Friday the thirteenth, a woman who works with the youth group named Darlene and a friend of mine named Taryn and I went out after midnight to the house of a couple from church (whom we KNEW had a good sense of humor) and COVERED their mailbox with silly-string. We then left a big cardboard sign that read “The Snipe.” For the next week, The Snipe was the talk of the youth group!! lol***
NOTE: In order to keep from getting in trouble, The Snipe ONLY pulls pranks on people within the church, and ONLY on people who have good senses of humor.
We also include a page (or two, if needed) of pictures of things the youth group has done within the month – I find that the pictures are a hit with the youth group.
Recently I wrote an article that was too big to fit the format for the Fire Escape, so I’ve included it as a letter instead. It’s called “The Challenge,” and it’s pretty much just that- a challenge to Christian teens to become bolder in our faith, to speak out for Jesus, to not be afraid to reflect Jesus in everything that we say and do.
If you’d like a copy of “The Challenge,” email me at the address provided above.
Each year I like to surprise the kids in my youth group with a Valentine’s treat. For each student in the program, I deliver a rose to their school with a card that reads…
I Love You today and every day of the year!
(and his team at GFC- our youth group’s name)
I call all the schools ahead of time and make sure I can bring the roses to their main offices. I ask the schools to call down the students to the office to pick up their rose at the end of the day. And I always bring some roses for the secretaries who make all those announcements for me! The kids love feeling special and sometimes this even serves as a great witness in the school. Once, an unchurched student remarked to one of our youth grouppers, ‘Oh you go to that youth group where God loves you!’ 😉 Just a few more tips: call the florist one day in advance so they can wrap enough single roses with ribbon, etc. Also, I find that parents are happy to take some roses to the schools for you, as long as the card to the students are already written out, and as long as you call the school ahead of time. Good luck with this one!
A unique way to get your kids to share their opinion s. Hang a clothesline across the meeting room. On one end have a sign that says, “Strongly Agree” and the other end says “Strongly Disagree.” Mark the centre of the clothesline for reference. Get wooden clothespins and allow the youth to decorate them as they wish so they’ll know which are theirs. Each week at the close of your youth meeting, read a strong statement to the group. Ask your youth members to think about, talk about and research the statement during the week. At the beginning of the next meeting, have each member clip a clothespin on the line where it best reflects his or her opinion. Spend the first few minutes of the meeting discussing the results. The topic can be independent of the meeting’s main lesson or it may be used as a great intro to a relaxed subject.
Great for lighting night time events. Cut out the front of a #10 tin can; nail the can to the top of an 8-foot pole. Place a roll of toilet paper in the can and soak it with kerosene. The lighted torch will burn for about 15-20 minutes.
A wonderful thing to do for your group is to keep a scrapbook for them. I take a camera to even the smallest youth events, and take LOTS of pictures. I do one album for each school year. In the front are all the kids school pictures, with a brief bio on each kid. This doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Even the boys love looking through the albums, and looking for pics of themselves. Plus, it’s a great way to preserve and journal those special memories.