About Social Events

From games nights to adventures off-site, here you’ll find inspiration for a fun night that your youth will be begging to invite their friends to.

Girls Retreat

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

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

Family Photos

Contributed by: Carol Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

This photo challenge will get your group working together and thinking creatively! Based around song titles and sayings, this is a great intergenerational activity - perfect for a church camp (but it works equally well with a youth group). Print these Instructions which contain the following... See more

Dessert Pizzas

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Crank out the oven and pizza bases and make dessert pizzas.
The twist? Run team games around acquiring ingredients or even visiting people's houses to collect the toppings.
Great toppings include chopped fruit, chocolate, marshmallows, nutella, biscuits, ice cream, whipped cream,... See more

Make a Movie

This is heaps of fun! Split into teams and give them time to prepare a script. Then let them loose with a video camera - or even just a phone will do.
It can help to have some guidelines and to set a genre or theme. Have a range of crazy props available as well.
Edit the videos during... See more

Toilet Paper Theme Night

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This one is a goodie! We did this a number of times over the years with our intermediate aged youth and they loved it. Basically, it's a whole night of games, activities and a message with just one thing in common... toilet paper. Buy it in bulk, you'll need a lot of it...
Toilet Paper Tell... See more

Wild Goose Chase

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Split your youth into teams and hand them each a sheet of items they must collect and bring back to the youth area after time. You can either use vehicles or walk on foot.
Items are worth various points based on difficulty and can include things like: cafe cards, fast food wrappers,... See more

Dice Ride

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This is a super fun and super simple outing that works especially well with a small group.
You’ll need some youth, a van and a dice. Then just drive and roll the dice at intersections:
1 = turn left,
2 = turn right,
3 = U turn,
4 = straight,
5 = toot,
6 = swap seats. See more

Urban Surfing

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Split your youth into teams and give them a something to ‘surf’... like an old chair, ironing board, shopping trolley, couch...
Youth have to get from point A, to point B (usually the youth area), without being spotted by leaders or parents roaming in cars.
If you’re spotted you... See more

Quiz Night

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Organise a selection of crazy categories (multi choice, true or false, NZ, youth culture, movies, random, genius, Bible etc) and put on a super team quiz with multiple rounds and a quality prize.
Throw in some bonus rounds with challenges or, if you like, copy a classic TV game... See more

Theme Night

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson & Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Theme nights are always a winner, and easy to pull together - just make sure that everything you do includes the designated theme for the night.
Your theme could be a colour; it could be a food (like ice cream or chocolate); it could be a word, genre or Bible character. Tie it all in with a... See more

A Midwinter Christmas

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Winter games + Christmas games + a Christmas message + presents: a midwinter Christmas is a winning combination.
Why not celebrate Christmas twice a year?
Decorate your area as a winter wonderland (e.g. paper snowflakes, polystyrene balls, white/blue/silver streamers) and... See more

Cardboard Minigolf

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Minigolf is an old favourite, but this time you will be creating your own course... out of cardboard!
You'll need a large indoor space, ideally a church/community hall or similar.
In the lead up to your event, ask people to bring cardboard boxes and tubes. Borrow golf balls and small clubs... See more

Supersize Me

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Each team will be given an identical item that is small and doesn’t have much value e.g. a paper clip. The aim of the game is to supersize that item by making a series of swaps so that they have the biggest/most valuable item at the end of the event. Assign an impartial judge to decide on the... See more

Click and Grab

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

A scavenger hunt where each team has a digital camera and a vehicle (with responsible driver!) to get around your local area. Give the teams a list of items which they are to either ‘click’ (take a photo of) or ‘grab’ and bring back to your designated meeting spot. Note: Nothing can be... See more

Mall Hunt

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Split your group into teams and give each team a $10 note (note: this is a great activity for a small youth group e.g. 2 teams – otherwise it will get very expensive!)
Give each team a list of items that can be found or bought in a mall (see below). The aim is to collect as many items on the... See more

Night of CHAOS

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Night of CHAOS* (CHristian Acts Of Service)
Tell your youth to come dressed head to toe in black. You will be embarking on a night of acts of service in the cover of darkness, in order to bless and encourage those in your church. But the trick is do it without them seeing you do it – you... See more

Go Bananas!

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

A banana themed social event aimed at junior youth, ie 11-13 year olds. Timings given are approximate.
Banana Jokes
Kick off the night with banana jokes - the worse the better. We also told a banana joke in between each game, which they loved. For example: