Welcome to our activities page, with contributions from Christian youth leaders from around the world. Would you join us and share an activity from your youth program
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This website will share free games for Christian youth groups as well as lessons that teach to assist in your youth progams.
New ideas mean fewer same old, done-it-before youth meetings! New activities that teach help us assure our youth "run the race" with their eyes fixed on the principles of the Christian faith. Whether you live in suburban California communities,
Houston apartments in Texas or in Sydney, Australia, we would love to hear your ideas and suggestions."
We are looking for new activities that teach Christian youth.
Activities that teach youth Christian values. Activities or programs may last a few minutes or several hours.
Please share a Christian youth game or activity you have found to be successful by e-mailing us at Timferguson@christianyouthgroup.org.
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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
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'.
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Trust and Prayer: Activity that encourages spoken prayer amidst youth and has been successful on several occasions with different youth programs.
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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Three Pens Game. In this game, the leader sits behind a table,
which is bare except for three pens. The pens are randomly
set in a design by the youth leader. The youth leader rests one
or two hands on the table alongside the three arranged pens.
When doing this, one or more fingers are clearly pointed
on the table in sight of all observers. The group is asked to
determine what number is represented on the table.
It usually takes several attempts for at least one or two youth
to discover the solution, which is determined by the number
of fingers pointing on the table and not by the arrangement
of the pens. The leader must take time before each guess to
rearrange the pens carefully to leave the impression that he
or she is diligently trying to get the formation of pens just
right. The leader should alternate displays of fingers, using
one or two hands with a varying number of fingers pointing
after each rearrangement of the pens. The longer it takes for
everyone to guess how to solve the riddle, the more fun it
is, especially for the youth who have already figured out
the answer and who usually cannot contain their disbelief
that everyone does not get it. Make sure everyone "gets it"
some time, even if you have to pound two hands with five
extended fingers on the table and call out "ten" for those who
continue to struggle.
As simple as this game appears, it has a very important
message for the youth group year. Remind youth that the correct
answer is obtained when they look at the entire table, the "whole
picture," not just the obvious (the pens). Similarly, when we
study things of faith, we need to look at them from various
segments of Scripture. Paul's views of faith and those of James
are different, yet the understanding of each gives us a more
complete knowledge of how our faith helps us move forward in
all the tasks of our lives.
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.
Team 1   Team 2
Arizona   A Alabama
Connecticut   C   California
Montana M   Maine
New York   N   New Jersey
Rhode Island   R
South Carolina   S
Texas T   Tennessee
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.
New 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>
When our two youth groups jointly did this we came up with over 30 barriers that separate us one from another. When we began the second part of the exercise, we did not think there was a chance to find that many bridge building words/ phrases but we did and then some!!P>
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