Early and Mid Adolescents

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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Prayer Idea

Lead your young people in a directed prayer. Tell them to pray silently each time you pause during the prayer. Say: “Thank you God for newness in our lives, such as new friends, or this new spring season, or another situation we’ll silently name. (Pause) Be with these friends we’ll silently name who need to know the newness of the Christian life, (Pause). Please help us renew our personal commitment to you (Pause). Thank you God for being with us when we feel unlovely and not so new. (Pause)” — Conclude by reading “The One who was sitting in the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this because these words are true and can be trusted.” (Rev 21:5)

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Bible Basketball

Get all the teens in your meeting to put the chairs into a square with an equal number of chairs on all four sides. Place a large garbage can in the center of the room with the chairs around the can and facing the can. Ask them Bible related a question, the first one to raise their hand gets to answer the question. If they are right they get to shoot at the can with a basketball. If they miss, the ball can roll until another person gets it. While the ball is rolling no one can leave their seat. This is a good way to review the previous week’s lesson. Hint: give the four teams NBA names to add to the fun.

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Pinball Soccer

New way to play soccer indoors! Just like regular soccer except that each person, including the goalie must stand on a piece of paper. They must keep one foot on the paper at all time and cannot slide or move the paper. The players need to be scattered evenly across the playing area. The effect is like a giant pinball machine.

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Dollar Night At The Mall

This one is requested again and again — especially by the girls! Divide the group into groups of 3-4 and give each group $1. The object of the hunt is to purchase as many items as possible at the mall for under $1.
The group must have a receipt for each item, and there can be no two items the same. For example: a person might get a dead cricket from the pet store for a nickel, one jelly bean for a penny, etc. Catch is that they have to get a receipt. After a set amount of time (45 minutes is good), all teams meet at a designated spot in the mall. The groups show their purchases, receipts, and change to an impartial judge, and the winner declared. The winner is determined as the group with the most purchases for their money, and the entire dollar must be used. It’s fun!

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Cup Madness

This can also be done indoors if big enough space. Get 3 chairs. Space them in a straight line, approx 20M from each other. Place 5 plastic cups on the middle chair (could also be tennis balls etc. there are 2 teams, each team has their people numbered. Each team sits near a chair of the line, at each end. (Ie. Team A sits next to the chair at this end of the line, and Team B sits next to the chair at the far end.) The aim of the game is that when the boss shouts 2 numbers, those people get up from each team, and sprint to their chair, and then set off to the middle chair. They are ONLY allowed to carry 1 cup at a time. they then carry it back to their chair at their teams end. The 1st team to get 3 cups on their chair is the winner, and as there are only 5 cups, there can only be 1 winner. What makes this interesting is that the person who is running collecting the cups from the middle and returning it to their teams chair, and running back again to the middle, can also collect cups from the other teams chair (also only 1 at a time). The winning team is the first to have 3 cups on their chair.

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Singing Alphabet

Form your youth into groups of 4 or so. All they have to do is to sing the alphabet in opposite way from Z to A. Give them time to rehearse the game. They are allowed to have a notes during the practice but are not allowed during the actual game.

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What Is It?

I have 4 objects in this bag
I am going to describe them one at a time and when I am done describing each one I want you to tell me what it was that I described.

Someone who tells you that you are loved
Someone who takes care of your needs
They live with you
-Parents (picture or doll)

This next object is very forgiving
It greets you the same every time you come back to it
It too lives in homes
-Dog (stuffed animal)

It is alive
It is found where people care because It is black and white and red all over
-A sun burned Zebra (picture of zebra with red coloring)

I have not only described 3 different objects, but those same descriptions apply to my last object.
Review the previous characteristics, let them guess and then pull out the last object
-A Bible

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Beautiful Feet

Materials needed: Various colors of washable paints (Tempora or finger paints work well). small paint brushes, small plastic wash tubs (one for each pair or they can share), liquid detergent, washcloths, and towels.

Divide your group into pairs. Have one of each pair sit on a table and the other sit on a chair in front of their partner. Then read Isaiah 52:6-7 and/or Romans 10:13-15. Talk a moment about the importance of speading the Word of God to others, describing various ways of doing so. At some point your group may begin to wonder why they are divided as they are. Say, “Now we are going to have a ‘beautiful feet’ contest.” Have the youth sitting on the tables take off their shoes and socks. Give their partners in the chairs the paints and brushes. Then have the seated youth decorate their partners bare feet with the paint; tops, bottoms, toes, up to their ankles. Those who are extremely ticklish will have a hard time holding still. It is a blast to watch. Have a judge determine who has the most ‘beautiful feet’ and award prizes.

Then read John 13:3-5 and 12-15, emphasizing verse 15. (The youth will begin to get the picture real quick.) Then give the seated partners each a small wash tub with warm water, a squirt of detergent, a washcloth and towel. Then… well you get the idea. The seated partners may get a kick out of painting their partners feet, but they may not be as anxious to wash them afterward.
You could talk about how Jesus washes us clean of our sin by His being a servant to us.

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Fabulous Fifties Bash

You will need a large room for this bash. (Gymnasium or a fellowship hall).

I began about 3 months before time to obtain karaoke cd’s and download fifties music. I did a research on oldies groups…40’s,50’s, and 60’s. I then determined the size of program we wanted. We had a meal first with a stage set up and a good sound system. I then looked each artist upon the internet and got a picture of the way they dressed and looked as well as downloaded the song that the artist will be singing so they could practice. I set up rehersal nights for each performer and I then carefully picked out singers in the church that could sing and even look the part (as much as possible). A couple of artists did lipsynching but 16 artists did karaoke with their voice.

Decorated the room in Fifties style, (items obtained at a party store). Had a dance floor for waltzing with your sweetheart. Had a sing alike (chosen by ticket number from the audience) contest for a particular artist… one male and one female. The audience voted by hand clapping and the winners received a 50 dollar bill. The secret is to get the information out early and spread the word. We had over 200 people show up, we charged 10 per adult, 5.00 for 6 to 12 and under 6 was free. We took pictures (everyone dress the 40’s, 50’s or 60’s look)..we got our church information out to many lost folks as well those looking for a place to worship. And we raised 1,500.00 for a having a night of fun.

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