Although Christian youth groups often spend most of their time discussing the Bible and its lessons, as well as doing community service for others, the groups often take time for fun and games. A lot of church youth group activities and crafts centre around the lesson being talked about for the day, encouraging the young people to share their feelings and experiences.
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Cross the Line
Cross the Line is an icebreaker game that can be used for the first meeting of the year for a church youth group. The leader should take a string and place it along the floor and have the children line up behind it. Then, ask them a series of questions. If they can answer yes to that question, they should cross the line. Questions can be as simple as "Can you play a musical instrument?" or as thought-provoking as "Who is willing to share their favourite Bible verse?"
The Banana Lesson is a hands-on activity that is lively and entertaining, while also teaching a lesson. Peeled bananas should be handed out to several small groups within the youth group. Have the members cut the bananas into several pieces. Then pass out tape, tacks and glue and ask them to put the bananas back together again.
The task is near-impossible, and when the students realise this, the leader should discuss how we cannot always take back our words and actions. This will encourage the participants to think about consequences before acting.
The Compliment Game encourages students to find one good thing about member of the youth group. Leaders should pass out blank pieces of paper, and have each student anonymously write down one nice thing about every other child in the group. At the end of the session, each person goes home with a bagful of compliments--perfect for those tough days that all youths have.
Bible Verse Bookmarks
One craft that is perfect for a church youth group is to have them create bookmarks out of Bible verses. Each student should be encouraged to pick a favourite verse, and leaders can have students share the verses they picked and why they picked that particular verse. Then, students can create bookmarks out of construction paper, crayons, markers and stickers; the only rule is that the bookmark must contain the verse. This bookmark can serve as a constant reminder of their faith and focus.
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