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Free Activity of the Month: Thanksgiving Feature: Five Kernels of Corn

This activity is intended as a prelude to a Thanksgiving dinner for our youth group but it could also be done independent of the dinner.

In order to aid youth to understand the severity of life in the Pilgrim colony, before a Thanksgiving dinner with the youth, have them sit around a decorated table void of food. Then bring out a paper plate for each youth member with five kernels of corn on each. Note that these are not ears of corn but kernels of corn. Youth are then advised that when the Pilgrims arrived from England, life was not easy. Months before the first Thanksgiving feast there had been hardship. Most of their attempts to plant crops had failed. The only success was a New World crop, corn, which the local Native Americans had introduced them to. Nevertheless, only so much corn could be raised and stored and near the end of the winter they were running out.

Historical records indicate that there was a weeklong period in which food was rationed and the adults of the community, except for the pregnant women, had to live on a ration of five kernels of corn per day. It was the only food the community had as it awaited the early crops of the coming spring, which included wild berries, and the game that would return once the vegetation emerged.

Youth are asked to eat the five kernels as if that were their daily allotment of food. Briefly discuss what living like this would be like if this is all people had to eat each day. Then it is time for the prepared dinner. The youth should have a greater appreciation for all that we have in this country after this exercise.

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Second Game of the Month

This is a game we used in conjunction with the event 'Trust and Prayer' described below. It is listed here as it can be used simply as an activity for fun apart from the more serious event or as part of the below activity. Find a space in your youth area about four feet wide by twenty feet long. Use some tape to mark this game area out clearly. Take six or seven pieces of construction paper and randomly place them in the area that's been marked off.

Break your group into two teams. Each team is to pick a 'guide' who will direct teammates down the four foot by twenty foot corridor while they are blindfolded. Blindfolded youth must walk from one end of the corridor to the other end without touching the tape boundaries or any of the bombs (pieces of construction paper). Use a stop watch to record the duration of each youth's effort.

When a youth steps on a bomb or on or past a tape boundary, hit a pot with a spoon or make some such loud noise simulating a bomb going off. Record the number of times errors are made.

Total the times needed for each team to walk the maze and add ten seconds for each time a bomb goes off. After each youth attempts to traverse the maze, change the locations of the construction paper so that no one can memorize the locations of the bombs. The total team time plus the penalty seconds will determine the winning team. See the activity entitled 'Trust and Prayer' for discussion ideas regarding this activity.

Whether you use this activity on its own or with Trust and Prayer, we would love to hear if this activity was useful to your group. Please share your experience by writing to: TimFerguson@christianyouthgroup.org.

We would love to hear if this activity was both fun and useful to your grou as it has been to ours. Please share your experience by writing to: TimFerguson@christianyouthgroup.org.

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

as well as lessons to assist in your youth programs.

Would you join us and share an activity from your youth program? If so, please e-mail us at Timferguson@christianyouthgroup.org.

If you wish to receive recognition for your contribution, please state your name, church and the location of your church.Thank you for your interest.

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 www.facebook.com/Sozothegame for more information

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>

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.

Trust and Prayer: Activity that encourages spoken prayer amidst youth and has been successful on several occasions with different youth programs.

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?

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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 ...

Three Pens Game

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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.

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Listomania

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
B
Connecticut C California
Delaware D
E
F Florida
G Georgia
H Hawaii
Indiana I
J
K
L Louisiana
Montana M Maine
New York N New Jersey
O
P
Q
Rhode Island R
South Carolina S
Texas T Tennessee
Utah U
V Vermont
W
X
Y
Z

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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