Ten Fun Youth Group Games
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Written by Vivene Grant
Here are 10 fun games you can play with your youth group! Enjoy!
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Pictionary Relay. This game is played in teams. When the game begins, each teams first player runs to the youth leader to get the first word and runs back to their team to draw the word. When the team has successfully guessed the word, the next player runs up to the leader and repeats the process. The team that draws and guesses all of the leader's words first is the winner.
Bible Charades. This is a simple biblical twist to a classic game of charades. In preparation, think of different actions to act out and write them out on separate cards. You can put them into different categories such as Bible characters, events in the Bible or Bible verses. A player will then choose a card and act it out. The other players must try to guess what they are acting out. Remember, the player cannot speak at all during the acting.
Just a Minute. A player must talk for 1 minute on a specific topic chosen by the group members. They cannot pause, repeat phrases or use fillers (eg. yeah, um). This may seem relatively simple but it’s a lot harder than it sounds! Whilst a player is speaking, another player who thinks they have hesitated or repeated a word can challenge them. If the challenge is successful then the challenger is given a point and must continue speaking on the same subject for the remainder of the minute. If 1minute is too difficult feel free to shorten the time to 30 seconds.
- Who am I? Write the names of different Bible characters on a Post-it note and stick it on the forehead of each person. Players then have to guess who is on their forehead by asking only yes or no questions. Whoever correctly identifies their character first is the winner. If you want to make this game a bit more competitive add a pointing system.
- Rachel, Rachel. Two players stand in the centre of the room whilst the rest of the group watches. Choose one of these players to be Jacob and the other to be his wife Rachel. Jacob is blindfolded and must call Rachel’s name twice “Rachel, Rachel” to which Rachel must reply “Yes Jacob”. The aim is for Jacob to locate and catch his wife Rachel just by following the sound of her voice. Rachel must do her best to avoid being caught. Different group members can take it in turn to play. See Genesis chapter 29 for the story of Jacob and the pursuit of his wife Rachel - this is the story behind the game.
- Splat. All players stand in a circle, one person is nominated as "splatter" and stands in the middle. The person in the middle then randomly points at someone and shouts "Splat!". The person they point at must duck, then the two people either side of them must "splat" each other, by pointing at the other and yelling, "Splat!". The last one to do so is out. This continues until there are only two active people left in the circle. The two remaining in the circle stand back to back, the person who was in the middle counts from 1 - 20. With each number the two remaining competitors must take a step away from one another. At any random point between 1 & 20 the counter shouts splat instead of a number. It's then a quick draw on each other and the last one to point at their opponent and say ‘splat’ is out, leaving a winner.
- Time bomb. Players stand in a circle and throw a ball (the “bomb”) to each other. If the ball is dropped then the bomb is “activated” and it starts a countdown from 10 to explosion. Once the countdown has started, it cannot be stopped and the players must continue to throw the ball to one another. Whoever has the ball when it explodes is out of the game. Keep repeating this process until you are left with a winner – the last player standing.
- The Story. Each player is given the name of an object, a name and a place. The player has a maximum of 3 minutes to tell a story using the object, name and place. The next person in line must continue the story using the names they were given. In the end you should have created an interesting and funny story!
- Sword. The aim of the game is to find a Bible verse and read it out before your opponent. The youth leader will call out a scripture (i.e. John 3:16) then shout, ‘Go!’. The first person to find the scripture in their Bible AND have their finger on the verse, will stand up and start saying the scripture, if they are right, they get one point. Play until you a have winner.
- Board Games. Board Games are a great way to get everyone involved. Here are a few of my favourites to play in a group:
- Outburst – Bible edition
- Jungle Speed