You know you’ve hit the ball out the youth group park when the teenagers at church keep coming back, and they bring their friends.
Fun youth group activities are a key ingredient to running youth group meetings that feed teenage Christians. Thinking up these activities can be hard to do when you’re a thinly spread youth pastor juggling many responsibilities.
Do you find yourself scratching your head, wondering what to do each week? Never fear, we’ve got some ideas for you. Read on for 5 different activities that you can pull off with almost zero prep work.
1. Skittle Shoot
Pick a question for each color Skittle. You can make up questions that are completely general, or you can tailor them to the theme for the week.
- Green: What is your favorite food?
- Orange: What are you good at?
- Yellow: What do you find scary?
- Red: What do you do to keep busy?
- Blue: Is there anything you’d change about yourself, and if so, what?
Get everyone to sit in a circle and pass around the pack of Skittles.
Each person has to answer the question of the color they picked out.
Keep going until all the Skittles are finished.
Questions like this are great for the students to get to know each other. It’s also a brilliant way to make sure each teenager gets a chance to speak up and be heard.
2. Pick ‘n Choose: This or That
This is also a fun conversation starter that can lead to deeper discussions on what being a Christian is all about. Start by making a list of 10 this-or-that type questions, such as:
- Would you rather be a dinosaur or a whale?
- Would you rather eat a bug or be bitten by a spider?
- Would you rather swim in icy water or bungee jump?
- Would you rather only be able to whisper or shout?
- Would you rather only be able to hear or see?
- Do you prefer Jesus time with your friends or by yourself?
- Do you like staying up late or getting up early?
- Would you like to fly or be able to go invisible?
- Do you prefer praying in a group or alone?
- Swim in the ocean at midnight or sleep alone in a forest?
Write them out, cut them up, and put them in a container. Pass the container around and let each person pick one and answer. To get them talking more, insist on a reason for each choice.
3. Jail Break
Buy several rolls of streamers. Tape them across a hallway at different heights, angles, and distances from each other as if they were lasers.
Use a timer and see who can get through the fastest without touching or knocking any streamers down.
4. Movie Night to Inspire
Create a movie night with a difference. Set up the venue with comfy beanbags or blankets and pillows. Lay on the snacks and air a movie that will inspire teenage Christians such as the Mike Rowe show ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It’.
5. Character Race
Split the group into teams. Let the space you’re in dictate how many per team. They should be able to fit in next to each other with enough space to race from one side of the room to the other.
Make up a list of characters before the time, such as a:
- sumo wrestler
- ballet dancer with blisters
- bored goldfish
- scared mouse
- strict school principal
- cowboy practicing for a duel
Shout out one character. The people at the front of each team have to race across the room and back while staying in character.
Fun Youth Group Activities
The best youth group meetings are packed with fun youth group activities, relationship building, and some deeper spiritual truth. Weave those three elements together for a winning combination.
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