Make Your Own Foam Party

Make Your Own Foam Party

Games, Slider, Youth Ministry Ideas
Over the years I have come up with many different youth ideas. Most of them are epic, I mean, epic ideas, but when I start to think about all of the stuff that it takes to make them come to reality I realize that they probably aren't the best use of my time. At my current church we have Youth Vacation Bible school that is sort of designed around these epic moments, so I have gotten to play a little more than I used to. This year I decided to finally try something that had been in my head a long time and make a giant soap foam pit. For the youth I made a game out of the pit throwing balls down under the soap that they had to…
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Lego Demolition Derby

Lego Demolition Derby

Games, Youth Ministry Ideas
I have been in a handyman type mood lately, don't really know why, but I think that after years of making things on the computer I have this need to actually create something real and tangible. On top of that I have a job where the actual "results" of what I do are hard to see and quantify and are never really finished, so it is nice to make something and be able to say, look, it's done. So last weekend I thought that I would take on this project that I found when looking for the "Geek Dad" project book. If you check out the link and scroll down there is a video where the guy makes a sort of demolition derby for radio controlled cars using LEGOS as…
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Bombardment: A Youth Object Lesson on the Armor of God

Bombardment: A Youth Object Lesson on the Armor of God

Games, Object Lessons
Spiritual Idea: In Ephesians 6:10-13 Paul tells the Christians in Ephesus to put on spiritual armor because the day of evil is coming. He warns them that their struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against a spiritual foe. To this end he says to put on the full armor of God. This object lesson is a fun way to talk about the need to protect yourself. Some of the projectiles thrown won't be very damaging, while some could be devastating. The same is true in our lives. Some attacks are easy to shrug off, but some could be devastating. That is why we need to put on the full armor of God. Bonus stuff: Any time you get students working together it is a good thing. Add to that the…
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Risky Behavior Signatures Game

Risky Behavior Signatures Game

Games
Games where you must go around and get signatures have been staples of youth ministry from back in the days when church were debating whether listening to Stryper made you a Satan worshiper. We opened our Dangerous Prayers retreat with a version of this game that looked at risky behaviors. Our setting was for youth and adults so there was a better chance at finding someone who had been in the service and as such had maybe been shot at.   How it Works Print the Risky Behavior PDF or make your own sheet using the text below. Pass out the papers and a pen to each participant. Instruct participants to walk around the room getting people to sign if they have engaged in the risky behavior listed. Each person…
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Bucket Trivia

Bucket Trivia

Games
I like using random trivia games to introduce a topic. My goal is to have questions that people who have some trivia knowledge can answer and some questions that are really just going to be guesses for most people. I typically do these type questions as screen games, but this week I tried to add an active component to our typical Trivia game. This is what I came up with. Bucket Trivia Set Up: Prepare 3 buckets for each team labeled A, B, and C. Prepare 10 balls labeled 1-10 for each team (I used practice golf balls because I found them on sale) Teams should consist of at least 2 people and no more than 10, so plan your buckets accordingly. Place a piece of tape on the floor…
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