A church youth group can be as turbulent and diverse as any group of young peers. Team-building games in a church environment can spur new friendships, strengthen old ones, and repair broken ones. Like a sports team, it is critical that a youth group can think and work together for a higher purpose. While some team-building activities work primarily as icebreakers or fun games, others go deeper to explore individual psyches.
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Divide the whole group into teams of four or five people, and instruct them to take out items from their pockets, purses or backpacks and find one object for each letter of the alphabet. Instruct one person to write down these objects to make sure no letter is repeated. Give them a certain amount of time to do this, and whichever group has items that represent the most letters wins. This game works for middle school youth groups, though it may be appreciated by teenagers as well.
Set up an obstacle course outdoors and divide the group into teams of five or more. Tie a rope snugly around a team at waist level, being careful not to hurt them. Have one team at a time run through the obstacle course, and use a stopwatch to see who makes it through first. This game is great for junior high and high school students, but middle grade kids could injure themselves.
Divide group into teams and provide a video camera for each team. Give each team a parable to act out and film, and give them at least 45 minutes to record their parable. This game isn't a competition, but rather an activity that allows students to bond with one another in smaller groups. This game is best for junior high and older students with enough responsibility to manage a video camera.
Divide the group into small groups of four or five---try to put them with other students they don't normally interact with. Have each group hold part of a circular rope to represent their connection to one another, then instruct them each to share one good thing and one bad thing about their previous week. This activity works with most ages, but especially well with teenagers since it gives each person equal time to share.
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