Chicken Wing Punishment

Our group had a fund-raiser in which we collected pennies. We made it into a contest the guys versus the girls. The loser’s punishment was a blast. We took all of the youth out to a local restaurant for an “All you can eat wing night” we didn’t tell them what was going to happen there, only that this was going to be the night the guys received their punishment for losing. When each guy arrived at the church they were given a fresh white t-shirt which they had to wear as they served as the girls napkins for the evening. Anything was game from the waist up. It was a blast and the guys kept their shirts which will be a memory they will never forget.

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The Wedding

A Campus Life Club event and now Youth Group event I have run here in Gisborne, New Zealand, about 3 times now over the past 15 years, is “The Wedding”.
We run a full mock Wedding with the ceremony, photos, a simplified wedding supper and a dance to finish. Students play all the roles of Bride, Groom, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, the Parents etc. We interview the participants in their role as we progress and they may throw out some of their secret thoughts of what they think of this marriage, which will later make for some interesting discussion points later. eg Mother of the Bride says “I cant wait for the little grandchildren to come along”. Or the groom might say “If it doen’t work out there is always divorce, isn’t there?”.
The young people love it and during the informal Wedding Breakfast we run a discussion on marriage and what the young people think of it. I follow it up with a programme that will look further at issues of relationships and seeking to stay pure before marriage, issues involved in living together and what God has to say about it all.

It’s an event that will get the kids parents interested and involved in the programme in little ways too, eg. driving the bridal party to the church, supper preparations, etc.

Trust this may spark some further creative thoughts on this theme.

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“D.U.I.” Awareness

During a fellowship activity, we made an unannounced stop at a local vehicle towing garage. While there we looked over up close and personally the selection of vehicles that had been involved in collisions where the driver had been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The owner of the towing service met us there and shared some of the heartfelt stories of the people and how their lives had been impacted by the bad choice of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. We later prayed for those people and the owner. The experience was one that neither the advisors nor the youth will ever forget.

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Vine And The Branches

After your kids read John 15, select a broad, blank wall. Have the kids paint the wall with a high quality background paint. After this dries, sketch a vine, as they think it should look, across a portion of the wall. Leave room for the vine to lengthen, and room for verse 5 to explain to viewers what is being attempted. Have your young people paint the vine in colors appropriate for vines, writing verse 5 in large letters, and leaving space around the vine for the names of all your kids, both now and in the future. Have your young people write their names in charcoal, attached to the Vine where the students think is best. Go over the letters in high quality black paint. You will have a visual representation of the relationship youth groups are trying to build.

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Core Youth

This idea is to stimulate youth to youth outreach, witnessing, and a youth groups core leaders. At as many youth events as possible, ie: Camps, concerts, bible studies, mission trips, allow the core leaders, the group of youth that you rely on most, to lead as much as possible. Let them plan the events, schedule the concerts, and lead the bible studies. As leaders we should provide steering and mentoring in addition to our Biblical teaching. If we allow the youth to be seen as the Church of today we will spread Christ’s love all the more.

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Sticky Scriptures

This is a great game for getting the Youth/Children listening, intently, to a chosen bible passage. The leader must cover his/her face with Squirty Cream or Shaving foam, and tell the group they will be asked questions about the passage. The leader then reads the passage in sections, asking a question after each section. If the group get the question right they are armed with a corn puff each; they then have to throw it at the leaders face. The aim of the game is to get the corn puffs to stick on the leaders face. Repeat this for each section of the passage. At the end, count up the amout of ‘sticks’ and if it matches the desired total, give rewards.
They group loved this game and I had baby soft skin for hours after. (Best to wear sunglasses tos!)

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I’m Taller Than You

I am 5’3″ and many of the middle school youth love trying to get taller than me. I finally remembered a friend of mines family tradition, which was when the kids get taller than the mom, they have to buy her dinner. So I created the knew rule for youth group. Now, when they get taller than me, they have to bring breakfast. I also give them a certificate that says: “I’m finally taller than my youth leader”. They love being taller than me, it makes them feel so special, but at least I get breakfast out of it! 🙂

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In order to create more unity and fellowship and love amongst our teens we thought up the idea of sending mail to one another that would solely be encouraging mail. We added a twist however, and decided to update the idea for the 90’s. We made up a shelf that had a slot for each person in the youth group (including the adult sponsors, and myself) and also made up slips with room to write these letters of encouragement on. The whole system is called e-mail for encouragement mail, and we have found that the youth have caught on to the idea well,and every week almost, everyone gets an “e-mail!”

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Water Decathlon

Great idea for a swimming party. Teams have 10 members each and 10 places around the pool are marked for each team’s station. >>> Sample events: 1.) Swim across the pool with an egg balanced in a spoon. If the egg falls, the swimmer must retrieve it and continue. 2.) Dive to the bottom of the pool and retrieve a brick. 3.) Swim across the pool with a tether ball tied to each ankle. 4.) Dive and swim underwater across the pool 5.) Dunk the youth leader in the pool. The contestant must hit a target of some sort and if he/she does, the youth leader is pushed off the diving board.

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Do You Have Your Marble

Do you have your marble is a great way to teach youth about responsibility and also raise money – just simply give each teen a marble tell them they are responsible to keep the marble on them at all times. If you see someone that you know should have the marble (maybe at the mall, school etc.), ask them “do you have your marble?” If they don’t, they give a donation to the youth fund – you can set a price like a buck or fifty cents. Real fun!

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