This is a cool activity/ice breaker to do with a group (the larger the better) that know each other fairly well (at least by sight and name).
If you have a petition of some sort (or you can get leaders to hold up a long blanket, as long as the students cannot be seen) get all but one student (this student should know everyone’s names) to go to the other side of the petition and take off their shoes and socks. The group should line up along the petition with only their feet being seen under the petition. The lone student on the other side must now guess which feet belong to which individuals (by tapping the person’s foot and saying their name). They keep going until they get everyone.
Then the leader can start talking about Romans 10:15
“And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'”
Tell the students how they all have beautiful feet
and go into telling them about being witnesses etc…
Everything has to have a lesson with Youth stuff. We made sandwiches for lunch at one of our “game days” and had this lesson to go with it…
Each kid was “assigned” one of the ingredients for the lunch. The different meats, condiments, chips, veggies, etc. Except for the bread and cheese… one of the youth leaders was assigned that. Under each ingredient was a piece of paper with a strange/funny instruction on it. I had the kids go one at a time… they had to walk up to the person with the ingredient they wanted, and ask for it. “Please let me have some ham.” The kid with the ham said “Well, OK, but you have to do a disco dance for me” or whatever else was on their instruction sheet. When the kids asked for bread (the cheese was hidden off to the side), the youth leader answered with a hug, and “Of course you can have some bread!! I love you!! Have some cheese too!!” and provided both to the kids.
Of course, the lesson was “God gives us what we need and a whole lot more! Most PEOPLE want you to EARN their love, God gives it freely.” The kids had a great lunch, and got a good lesson while we ate.
Some of the silly instructions I used were…
sing “Mary had a little lamb”
do 5 jumping jacks
count down from 10 and yell “BLASTOFF!”
spell your name backwards
This is a simple but fun learning game. My youth group is a mixed-age group and I am trying to get them familiar with the books of the Bible. I wrote the name of a Bible book on the board or flip chart and then have the kids take turns telling me what book come before or after the book on the board. They enyoy the competition and learn the order of the bible books. I usually have a treat for the winner.
Well, this is based on the book and story of Jonah.
You go into a place, can be in the church building or in a house, depending on the size of your group.
You get the kids to bring flashlights, sleeping bags, pillows, food and drinks, and most importantly, their Bible.
You turn out the lights, and you spend 24 hours in the dark. You spend this time studying Jonah, playing games related to that book, and doing other things you can in the dark. Allowing the kids to sleep any time they need to and awaking when they feel like it.
Do NOT allow watches or clocks in the building. Choose a room close to a bathroom.
Get someone to agree to get the group when the 24 hours are finished.
This is a good way to get a slight idea of how Jonah might have felt.
Bible Jeopardy is a great way to get youth involved in Sunday school lessons and Bible studies. The Sunday school lessons and/or Bible studies are grouped into their own categories, with each lesson being a main topic with it’s own questions. The questions range from 100 points to 1000 points for each category, with the questions increasingly getting more difficult. Each category has it’s own Bonus question where the student that answers it correctly gets to draw from a can the value of the question, (to make it fun I usually put values that range from 1 point to 2000 points). Outlines of the lessons should be given out each week so that the students can prepare for the game by studying, (some parents have told us that their children study every day to prepare) . I usually have our group play the game after 5 consecutive Bible lessons. To make the game visually appealing I made a special board for the game. The topics are pinned to it with the points below, as the questions are answered the corresponding value is taken off the board. Some of our teachers simply use a chalk board to write out the categories and point values. We also give the youth points for attendance, bringing their Bible, bringing guests, taking notes during the pastor’s sermons, etc. These points can be kept for a youth auction at a latter date. We have been using this game for over a year now in all the classes from third grade to high school. The effects have been tremendous, not only has attendance dramatically increased, but enthusiasm in learning the lessons has soared as well.
There is an actual bible quiz that our group does Sept. through April. we meet once or twice a month, and quiz on a certain book of the Bible all year. We then take our top 28 quizzers to regionals (the regionals we attend is in Minnesota, but they have them all over the US) Then in April we have Nationals. The 2006 Nationals is in Omaha, NE. Quizzers from NY, CO, MO, TN, and many more states, come and all quiz against each other. It’s a great way to get your youth into God’s Word. I quizzed when from 12 to 18 and I loved it, now I help with it. If you would like more info on how to get bible quizzing started in your area, feel free to e-mail me, or visit www.biblequizfellowship.org
This is a good idea to get kids in the Bible. Look up random verses in the Bible that has \”things/nouns\”, like rock… door… table… etc. Then write the verse down on a piece of paper. Then go to church early & find all of these things & put a piece of neon tape on it. Next give the kids a list of bible verses to look up to find the word. Tell them that there is a word in each verse they must find. When they find the object they must bring the neon tag back to the youth pastor.
My youth group loves competitive games and activities. I hid a ‘prize’ someplace in the building (i.e. behind the water fountain)then wrote out a sentence telling where the treasure was hidden (Ex.:Great Treasure Is Hidden Behind the Water Found Near The Sanctuary). I then found a scripture verse in the Bible containing each word in the sentence, determined where in the verse the word was located, example: Genesis 1:1, first word (In), etc. Give the scriptures/words in random order so kids have to not only find the scripture and write down the words, they have to put them in correct order to solve the puzzle and find the ‘Treasure’. This is a fun way for kids to learn the books of the Bible while having fun.
Being a junior high Sunday School teacher, I am always looking for new ideas for activities that will capture the kids’ attention and also teach them something. I love the idea of a scavenger hunt but it’s not possible for us to do one on a Sunday morning, so I devised this one for them.
Before the lesson, I will make a list of words found in the Bible. I try to pick words that can be found in both the Old and New Testaments, and also in several different places in scripture. I have the kids work in pairs and give each team a list of the ten words. I have a line after each word for them to write the Book, Chapter & Verse of the scripture in which they located the word. The team that finishes first will then let you know that they are done; I have the other teams stop and wait until I have checked the answers for the first team to make sure that they have them correct. If so, then they have won; if not, then the other teams continue. Sometimes I will have a first and second place winner.
I was surprised at how much the kids enjoyed this game, and even wanted me to make it harder for them. I even passed these onto the Sr. High teacher and his class enjoyed them too.
[The kids are not allowed to use their Bible concordance; they have to use their deductive skills only. I used candy bars for prizes.]
Try at a retrea. Pass paper cups half-filled with Bisquick during breakfast. Get everyone to mix some liquid with the Bisquick to form a dough (milk, orange juice, coffee, maple syrup, whatever). Get each person to place their lump of dough on a greased cookie sheet. Then the dough is pressed together lightly to form a loaf but not enough to mix the individual lumps together. After the dough is allowed to rise, bake the loaf. At the communion service, the loaf is broken and passed around. Perhaps you can discuss how communion symbolizes that we are all individuals but we become one “mixed up” loaf through Jesus Christ.