GAMES AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHRISTIAN YOUTH GROUPS

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Building a team of young people could seem easy and straightforward as young people appear to flock together, but along the line, it might become pretty complicated. Team building for young people must be enjoyable and, at the same time, we should bear in mind that we are not getting away from the real purpose of team building. 

For a traditional youth team bonding program, we should be prepared to include several games and experiences to charge it up. Creative suggestions come in handy to keep their focus alive. Games and activities listed below help Christian youth groups grow together and have a great bond.

Name Game

Everyone’s going to sit in a circle in this game. One person will say his or her name and a personal attribute beginning with the same alphabet as the name. The second person would give the name and the attributes of the first person and apply his own to it. It will proceed in this manner until everyone has participated. A nice game to begin with; it’s open to everybody. 

Two Facts and a Lie

This game allows each player to tell two truthful things and lie about themselves. The rest of the party are expected to guess the deception. This is just another really popular activity for young people. Through this, they get to know more about one another.

Bingo

Everybody has to compose three facts for themselves. There will be a leader who will place two of each participant’s information on the Bingo Board without any names. This is then photocopied and circulated throughout the team. Each participant will interview the group in ten minutes and attempt to equate the details with the names. 

Search a Bible Verse

Based on the game of Treasure Hunt, this game is a wonderful team builder that will refresh the love of the Bible amongst the group. Get individuals in groups of three to five participants. Offer the Bible and the list of hints to the verse in it to each team. Any of the indications may be the simple hints to the verse. Each category should have a list of verses within the period stipulated. The youth leader get to announce the winner.   

Crash Verses 

Write or type the verse of the Bible on a fine print. Trim the verse into one word and glue each word to the Jenga game piece’s small end. Develop a Jenga tower with standard Jenga pieces and verse pieces combined together, place the words of the verse in one direction, and so that they can be read. Play with Jenga as usual. 

Each time an individual successfully takes away a block of Jenga, repeat the verse together. At first, you’re going to be able to read the Jenga verse pieces, but it’ll get tougher as the verse pieces become more and more mixed up. When the Tower of Jenga falls, place your verse with each other in the correct order.

Do what Jesus must have done

Split people into classes. Here you may need a few facilitators. Each team will be portrayed separately in a scene or circumstance. One person from the team would respond to the situation thus posed in the way he believes Jesus might have responded to it. Every member of the participants should be able to set up a scenario. The team leader will evaluate the results.        

Serving the Needy

Charity or supporting those in need is the most Christian of all human practices. An outdoor camp might be held in a location where people are struggling. You may be eligible to serve those recovering from injuries and natural disasters, or the sick in a hospital, or to take care of needy and vulnerable children. Here, you split individuals into smaller teams or groups and delegate various roles to them.        

Bubble Gum Blow Out    

This is a relay game with bubble gum and a piece of paper on the wall that can be quickly reached by all players on each side. Each player has to run at a table on the other side of the room. They’ve got to pick up a piece of bubble gum, unwrap it, and start eating it. They’ll have to pop a bubble and stick it to a sheet of paper on the wall for their squad to use with their mouth. (No hands are allowed). The first team to finish wins. This can be more complicated if you’re using an old-fashioned bubble bum. 

Moving The packet: 

Instead of passing the standard pillow, as the music plays, the game allows you to pass packets containing messages. 

The one that has the box, once the music ceases, leaves the game and drops the secret letter in the package. 

It lasts until all the letters have been revealed or the last person is remaining. 

Jigsaw of the Bible: 

This game requires a minimum of planning. 

They will literally write verses on paper or cardboard, and then cut or break them and jumble them. 

The challenge is to set the jumbled pieces in order. This is meant to be a time-based game. 

Smaller verses can be rendered to improve the level of difficulty in the video. 

Darts of the Bible: 

Teens should play a friendly dart game with biblical verses than characters. 

Your teen has to select two different passages, write or print in separate colored sheets, and put them into balloons. 

When the balloons are inflated, stick them up in the wall. 

Two teams will have to throw the darts at the balloons and bring out the hidden verses. 

Make sure that nobody comes close to the wall when the darts are thrown, as somebody might get hurt. 

Relay of the Bible Race: 

Two groups get two separate verses that need to be memorized. 

Participants need to run from the starting point to the board and write only one word of the verse at a time and go back to the same point. Once back, another member of the same team would repeat this. 

This continues until the whole verse is written correctly by the team. 

To add to the fun, you can choose to replace running with hopping, jumping, running with a sack, like a sack race.

A to Z  

Assigned groups have to locate an item that equates to each letter of the alphabet. This game is played well outdoors in good weather, so the teams could get creative, trying to find the items. While each team discovers an item, they have to get it confirmed by a youth leader. This game gets more complex as the later part of the alphabet approaches. The team that finishes the alphabet first (or can find them far more corresponding items) ends up winning.      

Scavenger Hunt    

Distribute the members into teams and give each team several stuff that they’ll have to find. Be sure the list includes things they can fairly find on the church premises or in their very own homes. Give a prize to the first team that effectively gathers all the items on the scavenger hunt list.              

Chapter and Verse    

Give team members a chapter in the Bible to learn. Designate a certain number of minutes to see how many verses you will memorize. The one who can memorize more of the Bible verses in the set period wins. It would be best if you also played this as a team; the party that can memorize more of the verses will win.        

Master of the Bible Quiz    

Give each team precisely the same passages to read and understand. Separate the teams you choose to analyze. After a set amount of time, they’ll meet again and sit at separate tables. Youth representatives will ask the teams a variety of questions about the chapter they have read. The team who answers more of the questions correctly wins. They can answer the questions by raising their hands or using a bell. The team that signs first is entitled to answer first if they are incorrect, the second team that has raised their hand (or rings the bell) is allowed to answer, and so on. The team who answers more of the questions correctly wins.        

 Outburst-Bible Edition of Cactus Games  

This fun party game is packed with challenging biblical themes such as “Names for Christ” or “Every animal in the Bible” and “Sons of Jacob.” Each topic has ten specific answers, and players have 60 seconds to give as many answers as possible. It includes 252 subjects, a molded card viewer, bonus points, passing chips, hours of laughter and fun.    

Word of God in the Bible   

 Perfect for teens and youths, this game highlights the consequences of gossip or rumor spread. Choose a number of biblical verses that have positive themes or have a good character, write them down on a piece of paper, and put them in a container. Players sit in a circle, and one player blindly picks a verse and reads it to himself. Then he whispers the verse to the person sitting on his right, who then passes it on to the next person until he reaches the last person in the circle. This person announces a verse to the group to show how a message can change when it is passed from mouth to mouth, showing the negative effect of spreading the rumors.      

James 4:11– Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

Jeopardy of the Bible   

Play this game like the Jeopardy TV version with categories and clues. The contestants pick a group, and then they have to buzz in to send the question that answers the clues. Every clue has a point or monetary value, and whoever buzzes first and gets it right gets those points. Play a couple of Jeopardy rounds and then have a Double Jeopardy round where the points double. At the end of the game, all competitor bets his or her points or money on the Final Jeopardy problem.        

It’s just of Grace

Funny game that shows you that God’s grace wins every time. For 2 to 6 players, this game contains 60 cards with seven deadly sin cards that are almost impossible to avoid. The good news is that the grace card will rescue you from wrongdoing at any moment. Combine technique and plenty of grace to be the last team to advance.        

Scavenger Hunt in the Bible        

It’s a fun game to play in small teams of 3-5 people. Offer each party a bible, a copy of the scavenger hunt questions, and something to write in. They would either require a webcam or a photo-enabled mobile phone. They race to look up the answers to the questions of the scavenger hunt. When they know the answers, they’re going to try to take pictures of the various things in the answers.            

Save the Missing from the Starlux Games        

Save the Lost is a fun and thrilling glow in the dark Christian video, which also teaches practical values. This active adventure game is not for those who want to sit down and talk. It’s about lying, looking, escaping, and even creeping on people. The game features 22 vivid LED games with easy-to-follow detailed directions. It’s a great icebreaker or team building fitness activity for school groups, church events, and community summer camps.               

 The New Teen Alternative        

Applying Bible Concepts to Daily Scenarios by Rainfall Instructional Toys: This board game makes learning to choose right from wrong, enjoyable, and thrilling. Face tough, real-world options, including peer pressure, integrity, and morality. The game features a game board, six player markers, 150 dilemma cards, and ten key cards to help teenagers learn how to base decision-making on biblical values.                

Who am I now?        

Play “Who Am I” – Bible edition for a fun and simple youth group activity or church party that doesn’t require a lot of equipment or preparation. Grab any of the post-it notes and write the main biblical characters’ names on each of them. Without seeing a tag, let each person stick one on his or her forehead. Then, the players will go around posing either yes or no questions to the other players so they can guess who they are.                

Dance the way David Dance-Off        

Youth love to dance, and when they’re moved by the spirit and want to show off their moves, you have a dance-off. Choose a selection of neutral judges, then render a bracket with the names of all the contestants. Then let the music continue and let them battle each other before they’re eliminated one by one, and you’re going to pick the final dance winner. This is a great outlet for teenagers who love music and dancing. 

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