5 Great Youth Group Activities That Keeps The Focus On Christ
It’s Fall, which usually means that church youth groups are back in action for the year. I remember my youth group in high school, met every Wednesday night at the church and then a small group of girls my age met on Mondays. It was such a great time to vent to people my own age and really grow in the Lord. Although the key focus of group meetings was to study the Bible, we often took time for youth group activities. Most of the time, the activities were not geared towards Christ; they were very secular activities. This, of course, is fine every once in awhile. I felt that the activity could have been used as a “lead in” to the Bible study or as a closing activity to leave a lasting impression from the lesson. Below, I talk about five different youth group activities that have proven to be successful. I wish these were around when I was a teen!
1. Community Picnic
So, this is a great activity to have at least once a semester during youth group. This is a time to gather together, eat some food and thank Christ for the relationships He has given us. Sometimes it is just nice to chat with friends and make new ones! As Proverbs 27:17 says,”As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”. This is a great time to keep yourself and your friends accountable of instances that have happened from the semester. It’s also a great time to talk about the football team or that class that you just can’t seem to get a handle on. Play bonding games; from personal experience, a youth group that is bonded together in Christ will do powerful things through Him! Community picnics are a great option for your youth group activities.
2. SMS Memory Verse
With a world that is becoming more and more secular with every generation, it is good to memorize verses to battle the enemy. Ephesians 6:10-18 focus on the full armor of God and standing against our flesh and the world today. This game is a great team building activity and will have students memorizing verses in a way they know best--through text messaging! The instructions are simple and there will be hardly any materials needed. You can find the instructions here along with other memory verse games. Memorization of verses is a great addition to youth group activities.
3. Cup Build Up
Knowing the books of the Bible and the author that wrote them is something that I have grown to love over the course of my life. I find it important to know the purpose behind the book and what I can learn from it. One way to incorporate this into youth group activities is through the game “Cup Build Up”. This is a great way to learn the order of the books of the bible. The creator of the game only used it for that purpose, which would be great for a younger crowd. However, an older group would find benefit in memorizing the order of the books AND learning facts about each of them. This could be a pair and share activity where students get into groups of two or three and study one of the books of the Bible and its author and report back to the group. Some students will find that they relate to a certain author and will dig into more information about the book and author at a later time. I know when I started learning more and more about the apostle Paul, I immediately could relate to him and what he was writing in his books of the Bible. Who better than disciples and apostles of the Bible to have as role models? This is a great option to go for when planning youth group activities.
4. Scavenger Hunt
Getting outdoors during nice weather to have a scavenger hunt is always a fun youth group activity. Using this list, enjoy this bible verse hunt. Split into teams or pairs and learn God’s word through teamwork. When I was in youth group, we always did a scavenger hunt of some sort, but never this beneficial. At the end of the scavenger hunt, have students talk about some of the verses and objects they found and discuss the deeper meaning. So, grab a Bible and happy hunting!
5. Street Evangelism
We are placed on this Earth to be the hands and feet of Jesus. The Great Commission commands us to be disciples and to go and tell the world the good news. At the end of the day, youth group activities need to be more than just drinking soda and blasting loud music. I’m not saying that youth group activities should not be fun, but at the end of the day, if all the students are receiving is entertainment, are they really grasping what the Christian faith is all about? Have your students come up with a short survey of about five questions that they could readily use when talking to people. Now, I know that most people almost shun the thought of street evangelism because they think “who wants to be bombarded by over-zealous Christians?”. From personal experience, most the of the time people WANT to be talked to and have the opportunity to confide in someone about what is going on in their lives. Let students know that it’s okay if not every person wants to talk. Pray that God will speak through them and He will do the rest. Street evangelism is an amazing opportunity to do God’s will and a great twist to normal youth group activities.
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