Cheese Puff Challenge

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.

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Sundae School

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.

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Lost Opportunity

If you are a youth pastor, you understand how frustrating it is to see your youth talking, passing notes, etc. during worship, and/or sermons. I began to pray about how I could address this issue without pointing anyone out, but still get the message across crystal clear. God heard my prayer and the Holy Spirit led me to do the following:
You will need seven youth (four boys three girls), and two assistants to help you. Line seven chairs in a row in the front of your class (these will serve as “pews”) and either ask for seven volunteers or choose them yourself (you can choose a couple of your “chatters” if you’d like). Scatter the girls out between the boys, don’t let the girls sit next to each other, and make sure one of the girls sits on the very end of one side of the row. Have one assistant stand about 10 feet in front of them and say “this is the preacher, it is Sunday morning (or whenever you have the most problems) and he his delivering the message.” Have your second assistant pose as the Holy Spirit, and introduce him/her as such. You are the devil.
Stand behind one of your male students sitting on the furthermost end from where you sat the girl in the very last chair on the opposite side. Tell your assistant who is posing as the Holy Spirit to go from one student to another whispering in their ear “you need Jesus” continually. But he/she is to skip the boy that you are standing behind. As the “Holy Spirit” continually goes from one to another in this manner, you get down in the boys ear and say, where everyone can hear, “Boy! Look at that girl down there on the end of the row, man is she something or what!” The class will get a laugh out of that. Keep at the boy to look down at the girl (who is trying to hear the sermon that your preacher assistant is preaching, have him/her act like they are preaching, just in a mute mode). Then say, “I wonder if she’d go out with you!” From out of nowhere hand him a piece of paper and a pen and say, “let’s write her a note and see what she says.” By this time the class is loving it. Make it funny by telling the boy what to write such as, “Do you like me, yes or no.” Have him past the note down the row to the girl on the end. Just as the girl begins to read the note have your “preacher” blurt out and say, “If you need Jesus in your life he’s here today to set you free, come forward now to receive him as your Lord and Savior”. By this time you’re hovering over the girl saying “Check one, check one! Yes or no!” When she checks one have her send it back down the row to the boy, and end the skit. Now on a serious note, tell the kids the rest of the story. Tell them that the young lady on the end didn’t hear the call to salvation because she was distracted. So she leaves the meeting, and two or three miles down the road is involved in a serious car accident, and is killed.
She experienced a lost opportunity because someone was goofing around. This will illustrate to the youth the seriousness of “God’s time” and how if we neglect to listen (and cause others not to listen), then someone will have a lost opportunity to receive a blessing.

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Movie in a Park

Take a TV and a VCR or a big screen and set it up in the park and have the youth bring drinks and snacks, chairs or blankets and have movie nite in the park. The kids will love it. Of course, this is done during the summer months.

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Family Movie Night

Offer families an inexpensive way to go to the movies – Monthly Family Movie Nights! Each month our youth group features a www.dove.org approved movie for the whole family. Admission is free. We made a concession stand complete with popcorn and snacks for very reasonable prices. We also allowed kids to bring pillows, blankets and sleeping bags to make it more comfortable. You could even do a theme night complete with dressed up characters from the featured movie. This has become a big hit at our church!

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Scripture Tag

This is a cool way to get the kids to look into the Bible and have fun doing it. Someone starts by looking up a favorite scripture and then writing it down on a 3×5 index card. They then give it to someone else and now that person is it. That person has ’til the end of the day to then tag 2 other people with their own scriptures they have looked up and written down. You cannot just turn around and hand out the one you got… that’s yours to keep. The object is to get the kids to look up scriptures on their own.

It can get addictive. You really need to be prepared each day with scriptures already written. If you have already been tagged that day you don’t have to hand out more, but you can. You’ll find that once it catches on, some kids won’t wait to be tagged, they will just hand them out on their own. Get creative on the cards ie; draw a small cross, use gel pens, buy different colored 3×5’s etc. Let the students know this is not to be mean with either. There are some scriptures, given to the right person, could really cut to the core. Have them look for ones that encourage each other. After you’ve been tagged several times, you’ll have a lot of different scriptures for yourself. Carry them with you on trips or whatever. Can be great a encouragement. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11 You’re it! God bless!

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Youth Room Decorations

I’m a youth worker in Texas and I hate bare walls! I needed some ideas for decorations for the youth room and I came up with this idea after talking with some youth. While in conversation with them, I heard a lot of them were into skateboarding, wakeboarding, water skiing, snow skiing, paintball, and so on – the “extreme” sports. They are also into the culture that goes with it – the clothes, shoes, etc. One youth said, “I’m trying to find clothes and stuff that fit this style but that not a lot of kids are into.” I told him I’d do some research for him. In the midst of my research, I found that a lot of these companies will send you stickers, posters, buttons, catalogs and sometimes other things like CDs, discount coupons for their companies, pens, pencils, and more – all for FREE (or at a minimal cost, at least!) With a lot of these companies, all you have to do is email them asking for stickers, etc. and they’ll gladly send you something. Some companies require you to send in a SASE and possibly a couple bucks but it’s worth it! When I get the packages, I put up stickers around the room (i.e. on the back of the youth room door, on the cabinet, on the sides of the dry erase board, on the air vents, on the trash can, etc.), and save a couple to put in a special box the youth can look through when they show up for church or midweek Bible Study. They LOVE it! Not only does it get them coming, they like to look around to see what’s new around the room!

I’ve received things from: Hurley, Atticus, Adio, DC Shoes, Element, O’neill, Quiksilver, Billabong, Es, Burton, Circa, Dakine, Alpinestars, Dr. Martens, DVS, Split, Jedidiah, Hawaiian Island Creations (HIC), Made, No Fear, Ocean Pacific (OP), Reef, Rip Curl, Rusty, Smith, Vans, Volcom, and MANY MANY MORE!

Like I said, the kids love it!

If you recognize any of these companies and might want to get something to surprise your kids, just email me at homer3341@hotmail.com and put “Hey Justin, show me how to get stuff for free!” in the subject line and let me know which companies you’d want and I’ll gladly help you out! Or you can do your own research too! It’s SO simple!

I hope you enjoy connecting with your youth in this way, like I have!

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Magic Mirror

Decorate a wall with a large oval mirror frame and a pane of glass instead of a mirror. Coat the glass with a sheet of aluminized window reflector (available at hardware stores), making the glass into a 2-way mirror. Put an operator behind the glass in a darkened compartment, with a dim green bulb in his compartment and a bright light in the viewer’s side, connected by dimmer switches. The viewer will look into the mirror and see only his own reflection when the light is on his side. The operator (dresses in black except for a white face) should dim down the viewer’s light and turn up the green light on his face. The viewer will them see the face in the magic mirror talking to him.

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Vine And Branches

In my Sunday School class I did this with middle school age kids and they had a lot of fun. We covered a wall in paper and painted vines all over it, using brown, green, and purple paint and some inexpensive foam stamps of leaves and grapes. They just painted brown lines all over for the vine and branches and then added leaf and grape stamps everywhere. Then we took pictures of all of the kids in the church and glued their photos on all the branches.

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Cymbal Shock

Whenever I show a video and there is a sudden scary part, I get in the back to the room behind the kids with a pair of cymbals and crash the cymbals as hard as I can for added impact. The kids jump through the ceiling, fall on the floor, food goes flying everywhere, etc, and they laugh about it for hours (and so do I).

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