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Activities that will help build connections amongst your youth group

Jesus and Me

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch, 9 October 2017

A discussion starter for small groups, helping young people share what Jesus means to them. Use the purple set of Jesus cards (gifted to everyone at The Abbey 2017) or make your own set with our free Jesus card printable.
Spread the cards face up on the floor or on a table that the group are... See more

Girls Retreat

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 14 August 2017

Gather together all your girls and their friends for a sleepover, a weekend away, or even get together with other youth groups in your diocese or local area for one massive girls weekend.
A girls retreat creates a space where girls can just be girls. There can be open and honest conversations... See more

This is my story

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland, 24 April 2017

'This is my story' is a small group activity which will help your youth share about themselves and their lives through the use of symbols to represent key events in their own life.
You will need: pens, copies of the 'My Story' worksheet - enough for one per... See more

Spinner Questions

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch, 26 August 2016

These engaging sets of icebreaker questions have been designed to be used with our Resourced! spinner... which is being gifted to everyone attending the Abbey 2016!
Simply print off the sets of questions below and use with the provided Numbers card or the Seven Dwarves card as appropriate.... See more

Icebreaker Questions

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, National Youth Advisor, 11 April 2016

These 20 questions are a great way to break the ice and get young people talking to each other.
Simply pick one or two of these questions and give everyone a turn to share, or write out a bunch of questions onto strips of paper, shuffle them and have everyone take turns picking one out at... See more

Body Parts

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 24 November 2014

Ask your group, "If you were a part of the body, which part would you be and why?"
Hand out sheets of newspaper or A3 paper, and scissors. Invite them to cut out the shape of their chosen body part from the paper. Then get them to share it with the group, explaining what part they are and... See more

Camp Debrief

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 5 May 2014

After your latest camp, get the feedback rolling from your youth group with one throw of a dice!
Sit in a circle in groups of 4-10 with a leader. Take turns rolling a dice. Answer the question attached to the number rolled.
What was your favourite...?


  1. Worship experience or... See more

Give Them a Hand

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 28 April 2014

Build positive self-esteem with this easy-to-run activity.
Pre-make paper hands, or have each participant trace their own hand on a piece of paper and tape it to their back. Then the whole group walks around and individuals write a one word POSITIVE description of the person whose back they are... See more

Warm Fuzzies

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland, 4 March 2013

Hand round a piece of paper with your name at the top and invite everyone to write a positive quality about you before passing it on to the next person.
Or for a twist on this classic activity, get one person to stand in front of a blank whiteboard. Give everyone else whiteboard markers, and... See more

R.E.L.A.T.I.O.N.S.H.I.P.S.

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

Find words that start with each of the letters in the word "Relationships" to describe the qualities of a good friendship. See more

Guys vs. Girls on Relationships

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

Make two sets of cards with the following words. Give one to a group of girls, the other to a group of guys. Ask each to pick the three words that are most important to them in relationships. Then have each group explain their selections to the other... See more

Guys & Girls

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

Split the group into guys and girls – give the girls a copy of the “Girls Only” questions; give the boys the "Guys Only" ones. Each group spends 20-30 minutes on their own, then they share their answers with each other.
Girls Only
Guys:
Think about the guys in your life: What are... See more

Roll the Dice

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

All you need for this activity are two dice. Sit in a circle and take turns rolling the dice. Answer the question that matches the number rolled.
2) Which of your parents’ rules do/did you appreciate the most? Why?
3) Where do you want to be 5 years from now? (If that’s hard to answer:... See more

Talk Sparkers just for fun

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking with each other.


  • What three things would you put in a time capsule that your descendants would dig up in 100 years?

  • Which one of Superman's powers would you choose for yourself?... See more

Talk Sparkers about Social Justice

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about social issues


  • Describe a time when you felt like a victim of racial, social, or religious prejudice. What's a Christian's responsibility in these situations?

  • Agree or disagree:... See more

Talk Sparkers about Family

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about their family.


  • What do you like best about your family?

  • Finish this sentence: "One thing I wish my parents knew (or understood) about me is..." How can you help your parents... See more

Talk Sparkers about Faith

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, 29 January 2013

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about their faith.


  • How would you describe Jesus to a person who's never heard of him?

  • C.S. Lewis once said that Jesus was either God, a liar, or a lunatic. Are these the only ways to... See more