Tonight the youth group had a board game night and invited the senior adults. We played all of the games you expect, dominoes, checkers, chess, Uno, canasta, etc. But we also played some hobby board games like Carccasonne, Settlers of Catan, Wits and Wagers, and Apples to Apples, all of which were big hits.
Teaching and playing games are two things that I love so introducing new games is typically a great night for me. I also got a chance to learn a new one and to hang out with some of the senior adults in our church so it was a pretty good night.
The one rule that I made was that any game needed to be as close to 50/50 adult to students as possible. So in checkers you needed to have a student and an adult. In Uno you needed at least half of the players to be seniors. This forced the group to blend and meet new people. It worked out great with spirited games happening all around the fellowship hall. In the end the senior adults went home early so we played a few games with just the teenagers and then went home.
(O one more thing about teenagers. I stayed inside to clean up and turn the lights off and such. When I walked out 15 minutes after everyone had left there were still a bunch of them in the parking lot. I told them to go home as I put stuff in my car when suddenly one of them throws a firecracker into the middle of the rest of them. I was livid! This was a regular attending senior guy who knew better. I sent them all to their cars and home immediately while I tried to keep my temper. I didn’t do a very good job of it.)