Children’s Session – Who is Jesus?

Children’s Session – Who is Jesus?

Children’s Session –  Who is this Jesus? This session helps young people think about the different metaphors that are often applied to Jesus. Introductory Activities Guess Who Game – Ask as many questions as it takes to guess the face Who am I Post-it Note Game Write the name of a famous person or character on a sticky note for each child. Characters can be dead or alive, fictional or non-fictional, real or “cartoon”. Making sure that the player can’t see it, stick the note to their forehead. When everyone is named players mingle and walk around the room asking the sort of questions that can be answered by “yes”, “no” and “not applicable” to try to work out who they are. Cracker Challenge How many Crackers can the children eat without having a drink of water? What does it feel like to be thirsty? What does it feel like to have your thirst quenched? “but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14 Snack: Chocolate pastries and juice Main Activities Game: Wrap a Leader Split the group into teams and assign a leader for each team. Provide wrapping paper, ribbon and tape. The first team to wrap the leader up the quickest and prettiest wins. Make sure they can breathe and make sure they person being wrapped up is comfortable with this. Game: Am I telling the Truth The leader will read out five statements about themselves and the children have to decide whether you are telling...
Children’s Session: Palm Sunday

Children’s Session: Palm Sunday

Children’s Session – Palm Sunday Introductory Activities Famous Faces Quiz Can the children and young people guess which famous celebrities are in each mash-up. Quiz Powerpoint: Famous Faces Pin the tail on the donkey Available from Amazon Lotus Party Game – Pin The Tail On The Donkey – 12 Player Palm Branches Children will make their own palm branches that they can take into the service with them. You will need a piece of green construction paper, scissors and tape. Cut your construction paper in ½ inch strips about half way down the length of the paper. Roll uncut end of paper into a tube and tape. Fluff top pieces of paper where you cut into strips to create palm branch. Palm Sunday Worksheets Palm-Sunday-Coloring-Page Newspaper Front Page Wordsearch Main Activities Palm Sunday Relay Race Break the children into two teams. Each team are given a stick donkey, 3 cardboard palm branches and a t-shirt card template. This is a race but when the children are riding the donkey they can only step on the branches or t-shirt template on the ground. To get up and down they will need another member of the group to move the branches/t-shirt after they’ve been stood on. The winning team will be the first with each member to race to the top of the hall and back Palm Sunday Video   Invite children and young people to wonder using such statements as : I wonder why it is called Palm Sunday I wonder what the people were feeling as Jesus rode into Jerusalem I wonder what you would have said to Jesus I wonder how Jesus felt with all...
Ideas: Youth Group Games

Ideas: Youth Group Games

A collection of youth group games suitable for  groups both large and small. Can be used as icebreakers or as stand alone games. Grog You take apart a torch and hide the parts throughout the play area. One kid is the Grog, which is a monster that can freeze you in place by tagging you. Everyone has to work together to find the parts, assemble the torch , and shine it on the Grog to defeat “it.” Sardines  Sardines is hide and seek, backwards. One person hides in a dark place, and then as people find them, they join in hiding, until one person remains. This was my groups favourite game to play on sleepovers at the church. Scatterball Dodge ball with a twist. To start, everyone must have a hand on a nerf ball. Throw the ball up in the air and everyone scatters. Somebody grabs the ball in the air or off the ground. Whoever has the ball can only take two steps. After two steps, the player must throw the ball — dodge ball style — at another player. If the ball hits a player, that player sits down right where they are. BUT, they can still play, they just can’t move from their seated spot.
 If a player is hit by the ball and catches it, then the throwing player sits down. At any time sitting players can snag the ball if it rolls by, and they can throw it at standing players trying to get them out. The game ends when only one player is standing Lifesize Clue The youth group gathers in the evening when the church...
Group Builder Games and Activities

Group Builder Games and Activities

Around the world   The leader begins by saying the name of any country, city, river, ocean or mountain that can be found in an atlas. The young person next to him must then say another name that begins with the last letter of the word just given. Each person has a definite time limit (e.g. three seconds) and no names can be repeated. For example – First person: London, Second Person: Niagara Falls, Third Person: Switzerland Supermarket The first player says: “I went to the supermarket to buy an Apple (or any other object you can buy in a supermarket that begins with an A). The next player repeats the sentence, including the “A” word and adds a “B” word. Each successive player recites the sentence with all the alphabet items, adding one of his own. For example; ‘I went to the supermarket and bought an Apple, Banana, CD, dog food, envelopes, frozen fish’. It’s not too hard to reach the end of the alphabet, usually with a little help! Watch out for ‘Q’ and ‘X’ Tall stories The leader starts a story with a sentence that ends in SUDDENLY. The next person then has to add to the story with his own sentence that ends in SUDDENLY. Continue the story until everyone has contributed. The story becomes crazier as each young person adds their sentence. Tape it and play it back. For example; ‘Yesterday I went to the zoo and was passing the elephant enclosure when SUDDENLY…..’ Once upon a time Ask each young person to think of either the name of a person, a place or...
Another collection of Icebreakers

Another collection of Icebreakers

Following on from Huge Collections of Icebreakers post here is another large collection of icebreakers that can be used with children and youth groups. Fact or fiction? Ask everyone to write on a piece of paper THREE things about themselves which may not be known to the others in the group. Two are true and one is not. Taking turns they read out the three ‘facts’ about themselves and the rest of the group votes which are true and false. There are always surprises. This simple activity is always fun, and helps the group and leaders get to know more about each other. Interview Divide the young people into pairs. Ask them to take three minutes to interview each other. Each interviewer has to find 3 interesting facts about their partner. Bring everyone back to together and ask everyone to present the 3 facts about their partner to the rest of the group. My name is? Go around the group and ask each young person to state his/her name and attach an adjective that not only describes a dominant characteristic, but also starts with the same letter of his name e.g. generous Grahame, dynamic Dave. Write them down and refer to them by this for the rest of the evening. Conversations Each person is given a sheet of paper with a series of instructions to follow. This is a good mixing game and conversation starter as each person must speak to everyone else. For example; Count the number of brown eyed boys in the room. • Find out who has made the longest journey. • Who has the most...
Fun Lego Games for Children

Fun Lego Games for Children

This is a collection of fun Lego games for children. Ideal for birthday parties and special events. Lego Sculptures Write simple sculpture ideas on index cards. Have everyone draw a card and give them 10-15 minutes to create their sculpture. Have a good supply of different Lego blocks available. After time is up, have everyone try to guess what everyone else’s sculpture is. You can award prizes for whoever guesses the most correctly, or just play for fun. Fast As You Can In this game you’ll call out a simple object that can be created using Lego blocks. Everyone will have three minutes to make one as fast as they can. At the end of the three minutes have a judge decide who sculpture most resembles the object. Play a couple of rounds so there are more chances for winners. Lego Sculpture Contest Have everyone get creative and build their own Lego creation. Give plenty of time for everyone to give it all they’ve got. I would say 30-45 minutes. This tends to be a very quiet party game because the kids really concentrate on their creations. At the end of the game award ribbons for best sculpture. You can have different ribbon categories such as: Most Creative Biggest Tallest Most Colorful Fastest Best Details Craziest Funniest Jar O’ Lego This is a fun icebreaker Lego game. Simply fill a clear jar with Lego blocks (make sure you count them) and have the children guess how many Lego’s they think is in the jar. Award a prize at the end of the party for the child that gets the closest....
Children’s Party Games

Children’s Party Games

This a collection of children’s party games ideal for parties and special events. It includes some old favourites along with some with a new twist. The right/left game This is a twist on Pass the Parcel. Write a short story (perhaps based on the theme of your party) and be sure to use the words ‘right’ and ‘left’ frequently throughout. At times use them one after another e.g. ‘The queen left the palace and turned right so she stood right in front of the maze…’ Wrap a present in paper and the children must pass it on to their left or right each time they hear the words ‘left’ or ‘right’ in the story. The person holding the parcel at the end of the story gets to open it. Walking with binoculars Mark a straight line on the floor. (with string, or tape). Then get each child, one at a time, to walk along the string, looking through the wrong end of a pair binoculars. See who can stay on the line for longest. Chopsticks Get the children to sit at the table, or if there are too many, on the floor. Give them a piece of kitchen towel on which you place a little container about 10 raisins, and a pair of chopsticks each. They have to transfer all the raisins into the container by using the chopsticks. The first one to do it is the winner. Animal Treasure Hunt Make some large animal shapes out of stiff coloured paper (make each animal out of a different colour, and make two versions, as identical as possible). Cut one of...
Large Collection of Ice Breaker Activities

Large Collection of Ice Breaker Activities

  Circulate The group forms two concentric circles with the same number of participants in each circle, the people in the inner circle facing outwards and the people in the outer circle facing inwards. The inner circle remains stationary and the outer circle moves one person anticlockwise every 30seconds, having this amount of time to say their names and any other aspect considered relevant to introduce to the other person. Reflection – Ask in the group how many names and characteristics they have learned about each other. Ask them to announce some of the most interesting aspects. Ask how important it is knowing more about the people you will work with in order to feel more comfortable talking and listening with one another. Truth Game Tell participants that they must introduce themselves to the group, with two true statements/facts about themselves and one lie. Ask a volunteer to start. Whoever guesses the correct lie goes next. Follow the Leader All but one participant stand in a circle, with one player in the middle. The middle player closes her eyes, and the rest of the group quietly chooses a leader. Middle player opens her eyes and tries to find the leader. The whole group follows the leader, in everything he does. As soon as the middle player guesses who the leader was the game is over and that person is the new person in the middle. This works best if movements are clear, not too fast, and if the group follows the leader as fast and as precisely as possible. Clapping The group sits down in a circle. One person...
Parachute Games

Parachute Games

This is a collection of parachute games that can be easily played with children. MUSHROOM This is a simple exercise to get the children used to the parachute. All the children are asked to bend down and take hold of the parachute. When the leader calls ‘up’ the children lift the parachute up as high as they can – making a mushroom shape. Pulling the parachute down creates a refreshing wind and enables you to repeat the exercise again. Another version of this exercise is to ask the children to lift the parachute high in the air and then walk in towards the centre. CROSSING This is a good warm-up game whereby the children have to run underneath from one side of the parachute to the other whilst all the other children lift it up to make a mushroom shape and then pull it down in order to trap those running underneath. I have used the following to encourage different groups of children to run underneath but you can easily make up your own. · All those who like watching EastEnders · All those who are boys/girls · All those wearing red · All those called…. · All those wearing a tie · All those who have long hair · All those who like Marmite SHARKS This game is also called ALLIGATOR SWAMP and has two versions but both require the children to sit around the parachute with their feet hidden underneath the parachute. The first version begins with one child being selected to go underneath the parachute whilst everyone else pulls the parachute to their chests and begins...
Post-It Note Icebreakers

Post-It Note Icebreakers

A collection of youth icebreaker games using post-it notes. Ideal when you have limited resources. Hidden Treasure Write several icebreaker questions on the stick side of post-it notes and stick them to the board. Each child takes turns choosing 1 sticky note and answering the questions on the back. He then chooses another child to answer the same question. Two Truths and a Lie Give each child 3 post-it notes. On 2 notes they write something true about themselves,; on the third – something false. The children sharing in groups of 4-5 and try to guess which statement is each players lie. Question Mixer Write the name of a well-known person on a sticky note (write enough so everyone in the group has one). Stick a post-it note on each child’s back and they have to ask each other yes/no questions 1 at a time until they have figured out who is on their back. Get to Know You Have each child write 5 facts about themselves on a post it note, then put the notes on the board. Leader(s) write one too. Choose one and read it aloud. Try to guess who wrote it. When you get the right child, that person takes a turn with the remaining notes. Continue until all the notes are gone. A Matched Set Children write 5 fun facts about themselves, turn the paper into you. Write each fact on a post-it along with a matching one with the child’s name. When young people are not in the room, put the post-its all around the room. Children then race to match the names...