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Activities for Christian Youth Meetings

Welcome to our activities page, with contributions from Christian youth leaders from around the world. This website will share free activities and games for Christian youth groups

as well as lessons to assist in your youth programs.

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Expectations and a Declaration

During the evening ask youth to share their expectations for the advent season and later compare them to the expectations of the Jewish people at the time of Christ's birth.

Begin by advising that the group will sing a 'welcome to advent' carol, 'O Come All Ye Faithful'. A verse or two will probably do. Then ask youth to verbally share their expectations. Leaders should record them. There will probably be some reference to the singing of Christmas carols or Christmas music. Sing 'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day' and discuss how the music of Christmas fulfills our expectations of the season.

Now refer to the expectations of the Jewish people at the time of Jesus' birth. Two scripture passages are suggested to demonstrate the uncertain expectations the people had for the coming of their Messiah. Daniel 7: 13-14 tells of a human being who, at the direction of God, 'was given authority, honor and royal power, so that the people of all nations, races and languages would serve him. His authority would last forever and his kingdom would never end'. Contrast this to the prediction in Isaiah 42, which reads, 'He will bring justice to every nation. He will not shout or raise his voice, or make loud speeches in the street. He will not break off a bent reed nor put out a flickering lamp. He will bring lasting justice to all'.

Now ask the youth to shift gears and share what they imagine the three kings were thinking as they traveled a rather lengthy journey to Bethlehem to meet the expected king. Sing 'We Three Kings of Orient Are'.

Take a moment to explore the reactions of the shepherds. What did they anticipate as the angels appeared to make God's declaration about the child to be born. Sing all three verses of 'The First Noel' noting references to both the shepards and the wise men in the lyrics.

Now it is time to make comparisons. Read the youth's list of their expectations for the coming Christmas season. What things on the list are similar to those of the wise men and the Jewish people at the time of Christ's birth? Did youth reference peace and justice coming to earth? Did they talk of focusing on the birth of a savior?

Take time to point out that, undoubtedly, as the wise men traveled to Jerusalem, their expectations of meeting the expected king must have heightened and, possibly, changed. Do our expectations heighten and change, and in what way, as Christmas Day approaches?

Now point out that the Biblical story in Luke presents us with, not expectations, but a declaration by the messengers of God himself - his angels, who make it clear the essence of the coming of Jesus - 'Glory to God in the Highest and on earth, peace, goodwill to men' (Luke 2:14).

We ended our session by singing the song ;'Do You Hear What I Hear?' and then pointing out that a response to the season and story of advent is found in the lyrics of the song. Do we hear? Do we see? Do we know him? Do we pray for peace, people everywhere? When we do, the song lyrics conclude, 'He will bring us Goodness and Light'.

See more Christmas activities in Chapter 18 of Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings.
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Hi Tim! Wow thank you for getting back to me so quickly. You obviously have such a huge heart for teenagers and for the Lord and I see so much awesome stuff on your page and in your book!

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Activities for Fun

Football Trivia: Question correct, then move towards goal line.

Ha Ha: Lot's of fun - an icebreaker we used with Spanish speaking young people in El Salvador, as well as with our own youth group. It has always been a great success.

Cross the Line: An icebreaker that gets young people sharing their experiences.

Bombs Away: A game that tests our ability to trust.

Sozo Game from Kenya via South Africa

Sozo is a Bible based board game that encourages scripture memorization, prayer and fun while reading the bible. It is played by two to twelve people and age group is open however children under seven years require adult supervision

Check out Sozo Game and for more information

                 Bible Trivia Game from Louis Faithful of Nigeria

BibleTrivia Game

Split the group into two and have each individual write three Bible trivia questions, for which they know the answer, on three separate pieces of paper. Each person should place their name on the question. Place them in a basket or some other container.

Take turns with a member of one team pulling a question from the basket. If they answer the question correctly their team gets two points. If the question is answered incorrectly the other team gets a chance to answer the question. If they are successful, they get two points.

If the question is still not answered, the team that the initial person is on, gets a chance to answer the question. If they are correct their team gets one point.

  • The person who wrote down the question does not get an opportunity to answer the question.
  • If the person drawing the question, pulls out their own question, they are to return it to the basket and try a different question.
  • The leader of the group should listen carefully to questions and answers. Particularly if the group does not answer the question accurately, this may present an opportunity for discussion.

    Thank you, Louis

    Activity:Dominoes Barriers/Bridges

    A game presented by the youth leaders at West Islip Presbyterian Church in New York: Take a set of dominoes and lay them on the table. Have youth and adult leaders pick up a domino and place it in a straight line after identifying a world that represent barriers that separate people from one another. For example the following words/phrases come to mind: misunderstanding, does not listen, bullying, anger, prejudice and mistrust. The take the same line of dominoes and take them off one at a time identifying a word or phrase that builds bridges. Examples would be: love, faith, working together, making a difference, helping the poor, 30 Hour Famine, and commitment to a cause.P>

    Activities That Teach

    Christian youth ideas from Houston Texas : We separated our kids into groups of 4 and gave them the word CHRISTIAN.

    Human machine:Remind your machines that each body part can only provide its function.

    Faith by Dennis: from a youth leader in New York ... it tells you that even a little bit of faith is stronger than the strongest mountain

    Finding Truth: Four road signs depict a traveler's journey and the self doubts he/she have to overcome.

    The Rich Young Ruler: Activity that asks the question how to react to the command of Jesus to give everything that you own to the poor, then follow we are ready to follow Him.

    The Fruits of the Spirit: Note that some of the more difficult fruits,in the eyes of youth, are probably patience and self control. Determine which fruits are most common and why.

    Loving Your Brothers and Sisters: Before we started, we had a bunch of old garage stuff. Once we all joined hands, we could make something of it.

    Activity from Malaysia: I STRONGLY suggest you try these movies ... really beautiful, faith-lifting and encouraging.

    Food Scavenger Hunt: This card will explain who we are and what our mission is... We will thankfully accept all donations.

    Christian youth lesson is the Word!!

    One word to reflect upon our faith journey... The Apostle Paul wrote "there is faith, hope love, these three but the greatest of these is love." Yes, all of these are important but there is a more essential word to our journey.

    Our faith is a faith of contemplation but, more so, a faith of action. Jesus visited the docks of the Sea of Galilee as the fisherman returned from a day's work .He called them to "follow me and I will make you fishers of men".

    Imagine this happening today. Jesus appears as you exit you workplace and states, "Put in your resignation, follow me and I will make you a wandering preacher". How many of us would respond? Andrew and Peter responded as did James and John with a resounding, "yes".

    We all say "yes" to God in many ways, sometimes semi-consciously. How many times do we, while singing "Here I am Lord" and find the word "yes" in our minds?

            Here I am Lord

            Yes,is it I Lord ... I have heard you calling in the night

            Yes, I will go Lord ... if you lead me

            Yes, I will hold your people in my heart

    "Yes" is the opposite of negative thinking.

    "Yes" overpowers complacency.

    "Yes" overcomes procrastination.

    As the Apostle Paul wrote there is, indeed, faith, hope and love. Let's start with love. Without love we would live a lonely existence but what does love ask of us in its most compelling moment, when our beloved asks... will you marry me. Love calls us to say "yes"! And can we think of a better definition of faith than … faith is saying "yes" to the word of God. And hope. How can anyone have hope without being ready to call out "yes" when the hoped-for event occurs.

    Our faith calls us to say "yes" to the special mission God has for us. Are each of us ready to say "yes", the most important word in our faith journey?

    Ideas for youth to continue to learn Biblical truths... click: From the Mountaintop

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    The Chest of Visions

    "I read this book with a thirteen year old girl and once we were finished I asked her how she felt about our experience. She said it definitely made her think about many things in her own life and in your walk with God."

    Shirley Johnson, author/reviewer Sept. 19, 2012

    What visions are in the chest?

    "The Chest of Visions, Secrets of Caperston is a must read for everyone.

    I began reading it with my ten year old grandson one day. When I came back one week later he had finished the book on his own and said he cannot wait to read the sequel. This is one of a few books that I will enjoy rereading numerous times. "

    Marie Haugh, October 14, 2012

    Youth Ministry in a faraway land

    "Engaging, exciting, entertaining, and easy-to-read! Ferguson's super-cool little book, "The Chest of Visions," brilliantly captures the essence of the Gospel message. I'd love to put "The Chest of Visions" in the hands of every youth and young adult leader in the country!" Melissa Jagel, youth worker, January 2, 2013.

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    Spirit of the Living God

    Many of we youth workers have programs which start up on a regular basis in the fall with an occasional get together in the summer. I find myself in need of prayer and meditation time to prepare myself for the upcoming Youth Year. This summer I am focusing on a simple prayer which many of us sing as a hymn in our churches. The Hymn is "Spirit of the Living God".

    Looking at the verses or verse as it is a one verse hymn in our hymnal, it reads:

    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me

    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me

    Melt me, mend me , mold me, fill me

    Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me

    So simple but so powerful. The writer put great emphasis on the first line as it is repeated three times. Let's ponder it ... "Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me". What touches my heart is the verb "fall afresh". The line is repeated three times so in the brief period of the song we have petitioned the Spirit of God to fall afresh on us three separate times.

    This need to repeatedly petition God's Spirit is due to the petition made in line three:

    Melt me ... of my sin, my selfishness, my self- absorption, my focus on "me"

    Mend me ... once my myopia is melted away, I am ready to be mended and once mended ...

    I am ready to be molded by that same Spirit into the person God would have me be and then I am ready to be filled with His Spirit.

    One last thought. The phrases in the third line can be changed as to each of our spiritual needs. Perhaps ...Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me ... is more appropriate or

    ... Melt me, fill me, use me, empower me

    There are all combinations of phrases to be used. Try this hymn/prayer. Develop your own set of four phrases. Take time to dwell on the need to be refreshed with God's spirit continually. As we do, we will all be more prepared for the task of leading our youth programs with the guidance of God's Spirit.

    More Activities That Teach

    Two activities from South Africa: The objective of this game is to build co-operation and confidence in the young people, while at the same time they discover their gifts and callings.
    Christian Teens Candles of Prayer: One more verse of candles, then a repeat of the original first verse and the usually serene Presbyterians were clapping their hands and swaying back and forth.

    Two Truths and a Lie: Instruct each player to think of three statements about themselves. Two must be true statements, and one must be false.
    The Lifeboat Game: Youth pick who will survive a lifeboat sinking. A time to reflect on making decisions and the value given to life.
    Christian Teen Movie Review: The Other Side of Heaven: "For three years I've lived with people who possess nothing yet they possess everything." These were the words of John Groberg ...

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    Listomania: A word game that is a team event. Pick five members of each team to play a round of the game. Make several rounds so that all youth can play at least one round.

    Line up five youth from each team in a row. The youth must remain in the established order which can be of their team captainÂ's choosing. Once a youth has taken an action he/she must return to the back of the line. The adult leader presents a large piece of paper. (Half a sheet of oak tag paper for each round works well). Down the middle, horizontally, the leader lists the alphabet. The leader then declares the name of a category, say, the name of a state.

    The team behind in the Olympics goes first. Its team member at the front of its line of five has ten seconds to enter a state on the paper. No assistance can be given from the team.

    Upon writing his/her entry on the sheet, the marker is passed to the first person on the opposite side to do the same. No one can enter the same name twice so, if one team enters Â"TexasÂ" as a state starting with a Â"tÂ", the other team would need to enter Â"TennesseeÂ" or risk losing the Â"tÂ" category. The attempts to fill the lists continue until the individual, due to enter a state, on both sides cannot write down an entry. At this moment the five person teams can confer and make one additional team entry per team. This time it is Â"first come, first servedÂ". The following is an example of a listomania competition after each of five youth have gone twice.

    Team1 Team2
    Arizona A Alabama
    Connecticut C California
    Delaware D
    F Florida
    G Georgia
    H Hawaii
    Indiana I
    L Louisiana
    Montana M Maine
    New York N New Jersey
    Rhode Island R
    South Carolina S
    Texas T Tennessee
    Utah U
    V Vermont

    Score the round as follows. Winner gets the total states named plus five bonus points. The loser gets a point for each state named. Add up the scores of several rounds to declare a winner.

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