Human Knot: from a youth leader in Missouri ... youth form a knot and escape ... easier said than done, we suspect. 

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. 

                                                         More activities below

Start your night off with:

The Three Pens Game ... it's fun and it teaches  an important lesson

Christian Icebreaker Activity:

Ha Ha

 Youth stand in a circle. One youth is designated to begin. He or she turns to the next youth and states "ha" while staring into their eyes. There are no restrictions. Ha can be stated loudly, softly, drawn out, sung, anyway the speaker feels he can induce

laughter in the listener.

Ideas including The Three Pens Game, The Time Machine and ...

There are over 25 activities for Christian youth on our activities page including favorites like Trust and Prayer. Find all activities at Activities for Youth

Activity Ideas from Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings

and from Christian Youth Leaders Around the World.

Thank you to all contributors

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

To you ... I am a Story:    Christian youth activity celebrating the resurrection

Time Machine:  visit your past!

President's Day Lesson for Christian Youth: We look at the qualities God would look for in a leader.
Lent and Love :  As we look at things, we would give up for lent, we find lent is fulfilled by love. 

Banana Lesson:  After attempting this impossible task, we stop to discuss how hard it is to redo errors that we make. 
More from South Africa: "The most memorable event we have each year is a beauty contest we call Miss Inner Beauty".

Christmas Around the World:   the studio audience, will hear the testimony of our esteemed guests and you will get to vote on the proposal to be made. 

Football Bible Trivia:    If they get the question correct, they get to flick the football with one finger towards their goal line. 

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

International Bible Treasure Hunt:    Think of a cross between a Bible Trivia Contest and an episode of Indiana Jones searching for some missing archaeological treasure from the past. 

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. 

Movie Review:    Pray: As a Christian "thriller" type film, this movie would serve as a great film for junior high/high school youth groups. 

The Lifeboat Game:    Youth pick who will survive a lifeboat sinking. A time to reflect on making decisions and the value given to life. 

Three Pens Game:    How looking at the whole picture makes the difference. 

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

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 ... 

Activity from Malaysia: "I STRONGLY suggest you try to get this movies and watch it as they were really beautiful and faith-lifting and encouraging." 

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. 

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.

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 


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. 

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

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. 

Activities for Fun


Jose Carlos, Christian Artist of Mexico City shares with us: An award winning Christian cartoon. 

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

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

Meet Hallary, Knute, John and Joe: and find out how youth can "Make a Difference" 

May 3, 2019

Imagine if there was a day and an hour set aside for all people to pray. Pray to whichever God you believe in. If atheist or agnostic, take the same hour to meditate. Just take an hour, a half hour or five minutes off during that hour of prayer to be quiet and ask for...

May 2, 2019

We live in a time that conflict is everywhere. Some are focused on the present. Other's on the world's future needs and some trying to do both. What do YOU think is the most significant change needed in the world? We have our suggestion but let's hear yours first.


January 16, 2019

We are all trying to share our experiences by writing and we live in a world where Christian values need to be shared. You have past memories, experiences or ideas to share and your future is to write a book.

I have published two books through Xulon Press. They did a go...

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My name is Tim Ferguson and my Christian Youth Ministry began as a high school student at a Baptist Church in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Our adult leader often looked to me for ideas and even let me run a few meetings.

After returning from college in 1969 two local churches, one Presbyterian and one Methodist, joined together in a local coffeehouse ministry. Before I knew it, I was left in charge. It was a volatile time. The group had its share of Vietnam Veterans as well as protestors of that war. Everyone, it seemed, played acoustic guitar. People liked to philosophize about faith but involvement in the actual church was lessoning. In the midst of this, events like "Olympics", and "flashlight sing" evolved. These events were still used forty years later.

In 1973 it became apparent that it was time for me to move on. It was difficult. Though I had a job at a local insurance company, my work at the coffeehouse was my real mission in life. It took a good friend's heart to heart conversation with me to solidify my conviction that there truly was a new life ahead. I prayed about it and decided to leave it in God's hands - I would take the first affordable apartment anywhere within an hour's drive of my place of business.

In May 1973 that "anywhere" became an unknown town in central Long Island, N.Y. by the name of North Babylon. Bordering to its north was the village of Deer Park. To my amazement the very first Sunday I attended the Deer Park Presbyterian Church a church elder announced that he wanted the church to support a new local coffeehouse. God had called me to leave one coffeehouse ministry behind and immediately gave me a new one in my new home. To this day I still marvel at how God calls us to our missions.

The Deer Park Coffeehouse was, in actuality, a post high school youth gathering and ran weekly for eleven event-filled years. In many ways a mission project, the group became a family of friends that still exists to this day. Several individuals from the group were introduced to our church through the coffeehouse. During these years I became a parent, started teaching a seventh grade Sunday school class and was elected to the church board of elders. Soon after the Cub Scouts of America called and seven years of den leadership became my new calling.

However, God was not yet through with me in terms of this church's youth work. The church asked for a new senior/junior high leader and I, at the time with fifth and eight grade sons, stepped forward on Easter Sunday 1994. As blessed as the previous programs were, this one was especially blessed


We were blessed by youth who cared and who wanted to make a difference. Many have made testimonials under the "Youth Speak Out" page on this website. They made a name for themselves by serving seventy-five homeless people on the lower east side of N.Y. City outdoors during a blizzard in January 2005. They embraced the Thirty Hour Famine for seventeen years and for several years brought other Christian youth groups into this program by inviting them to join us. I am particularly blessed that several of the children of the original Deer Park coffeehouse members attended our youth group even though the families were active in other local churches.. It was so much fun to see Steven E. do well at Olympic events at which his father Joe E. excelled in the late 1970's


In the Fall of 2014 the youth group ended as there were no longer Junior and Senior High School students active in the church. It was a good twenty year run and I have been pleased to continue my Christian youth work via this website. People from around the world continue to share how they use the many activities available through various pages on the website.

I have been blessed by the support of my wife, LInda, during these years of youth work. I also thank the efforts of Coffeehouse members from the past who, as adults, have lended their assistance to the youth program.

I received the honor of a television interview with a New York television station on August 19, 2017, an opportunity to share the challenges youth ministry has brought to me.

Tim Ferguson,30 Fairlawn Drive, 
Deer Park, New York 11729
Phone - 631-242-2582 
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