Free Youth Ministry Ideas
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.
The beginning of a new year is a good time to assess our faith and where it is leading us. Then to take the big step - act and commit to change.
The anthropologist invited the
children from the African tribe to
play one game. He placed a basket
of fruit near the tree and
announced, addressing the children:
"The one of you who reaches
the tree first will be rewarded
with all sweet fruits." When he
signaled to the children to start
the race, they locked their hands
tightly and ran together, and then
they all sat together and enjoyed
the delicious fruit.
The astonished anthropologist asked the children why they all ran together, because each of them could enjoy the fruit for himself. To which the children replied: "Obonato". Is it possible for one to be happy if everyone else is sad? "Obonato" in their language means: "I exist because we exist."
May our New Year 2021 be filled with Obonato
A new way to Share the Gospel Message:
Read the Stories then ask the questions: Each story has twelve lessons which examines themes of faith, forgiveness, prayer and a retelling of events in the gospels and the book of Acts
"The book is a short read but its contents are powerful and the message in the book is universal. The writer has given vivid description of Caperston. It feels as though the writer has actually been there. Even though the preachings are similar to that of Jesus, you will want to continue reading the book patiently waiting to know the ending, which I shall not reveal." Jake Santiago ... April 9, 2019 review
"This second of The Chest of Visions series "surprisingly has many twists and turns considering the number of pages. The heady turn of events and the numerous characters are easy to follow though because Ferguson is consistent and does not veer away from the message for young readers. Without sounding preachy, and without too many words, the story's theme comes out loud and clear and this is what makes the novel unforgettable." Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite ... May 2020
Fruits of the Spirit Bible Activity for Youth
Christian Youth Group Activity: The Fruits of the Spirit
"But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. There is no law against such things as these."
The Rich Young Ruler:
Christian youth group lesson 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.
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The Three Pens Game ... it's fun and it teaches an important lesson
Christian Icebreaker Activity:
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
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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.
My name is Shelby and I am from Ohio. I did the banana lesson Icebreaker
from your website. I just wanted to thank you for the awesome idea. I did
it for a confirmation retreat that I was in charge of and the kids really
enjoyed it. I didn't think it was going to be so fun and lesson-learning,
but it sent a really powerful message. Again thanks for the awesome game
More from South Africa: "The most memorable event we have each year is a beauty contest we call Miss Inner Beauty".
Fun, Faith and Friends: To learn more ways to meet your group’s unique needs… all while having fun, building faith and helping Christian teens make Christian friends… offering Christian youth games and activities that enhance the faith of youth and their youth leaders together.
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: A Bible Game for youth. If they get the question correct, they get to flick the football with one finger towards their goal line.
Trust and Prayer: A youth group 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. Truly Bible lessons for teens.
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. A youth group game that stimulates youth and their youth leaders.
Three Pens Game: How looking at the whole picture makes the difference. A youth ministry idea to start the year off.
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"
The Great Race
Ask each youth member to pick a favorite character that they think will win.
Place each character on the first construction paper in the row of six or seven pieces.
Place names of characters in a hat and pull them out one at a time. Move the character forward when its name is called. Do not return the name to the hat.... Read further instructions at: The Great Race
After the event read Paul's advice about "The Race" found in Hebrews 12:1-2. Discuss the important race that is set before us, that we run with patience with our eyes fixed on Jesus. Ask youth if they were as enthusiastic about this race to follow Jesus' lead as they were rooting for their favorites earlier, what growth they would find in their walk with God.
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Social Distancing Youth Activity
Solve the Case then ask what's Jesus' advice.
Contact Youth Members and ask them to review the case and come up with a decision. Then share online all decisions. Even better, if a program like Zoom can be used.
After discussing what youth would do, then share passages below of what Jesus would likely advise.
For More Information, click: Christian Youth Court Case