Posts Tagged ‘intermediates’

Developing Leaders: Youth Takeover

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

A youth takeover is a great way to give your young people a chance to stretch themselves and have a go at leading!
There are lots of different ways for doing this, but a couple of ways that we have found have worked well is having a youth-led worship service and getting our youth to lead our... See more

All play: Head Shoulders Knees Cup

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Get all your youth into pairs and standing facing each other. Place a plastic cup on the floor in between each pair.
For each round, give a series of commands to your players: head, shoulders, knees, or cup. Players must touch whatever you call out. When you say, "CUP!", the first player to... See more

All play: Sheep Rescue

Rescue the lost sheep! This simple team game is great to play as an introduction to a session on Psalm 23, The Good Shepherd or the parable of the Lost Sheep.
Put your group into two teams, and number them off. Teams line up and sit on each side of a rectangular area. Place a ‘sheep’ in the... See more

Social Events: Newspaper Theme Night

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Collect up a whole lot of old newspapers for a newspaper night! Add in a few simple supplies like scissors and tape, and you've got all you need for a youth group event that intermediates love.
Paper Fold
Choose a few volunteers to do this upfront challenge. Offer a prize to the person who... See more

All play: Newspaper Scavenger Hunt

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Collect a bunch of old newspapers or magazines, enough for one per team. You will also need scissors. Print out a checklist of scavenger hunt items that the teams are to try to find and cut out from their newspapers. Award a prize for the team that spots the most of these things on the... See more

Social Events: Chocolate Party

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

A chocolate themed night aimed at junior youth, e.g. 11-13 year olds. This is perfect for around Easter, just substitute chocolate bars for Easter eggs and include a short Easter themed message. Warning: there may be chocolate overload by the end of the night!
Guess the Number
You will... See more

Active & Interactive Prayers: Lord’s Prayer Stations

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer as as an example of how to pray. These six prayer stations with creative activities and printable posters will engage your youth with each part of the Lord's Prayer. It will help your youth go deeper than just reciting the words, to getting to the heart of how we... See more

Recommended Resources: Street Stories

Contributed by: Jacolize Becker, Diocese of Auckland

Street Stories is a two-part series of DVD resources designed to build emotional resilience and empathy in intermediate age students. It is packed full of gritty street stories about real people who overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The stories are hard-hitting and honest, telling the... See more

Junior Youth: Changed by the Light

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Changed by the Light' is the fifth session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’ looking at our identity in Christ. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his... See more

Junior Youth: Light vs Dark

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Light vs Dark' is the fourth session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through the... See more

Junior Youth: Choose The Light

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Choose the Light' is the third session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through the... See more

Junior Youth: Family Feud

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Explore the power of forgiveness in this third study on Joseph's Story.
Family Feud
Play a game of Family Feud (optional)
JOSEPH’S STORY: FORGIVENESS
If you played Family Feud, explain that Joseph’s own ‘family feud’ is at the root of his whole story.
Ask the group to... See more

Junior Youth: Light of the World

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Light of the World' is the second session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through... See more

Junior Youth: Light & Dark in the World

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1v5
This is the first in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and... See more

Team games: Tallest Tower

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Split youth into teams and give them the same pre-prepared bundle of objects - such as newspapers, paper cups, toothpicks, straws, tape (choose some random and funny objects too).  Their aim is to build the tallest ‘tower’ in a set time limit with whatever objects you have given them. Make... See more

Team games: Straw Soccer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Teams line up single file at point A. At point B there is a small container as a soccer goal for each team.
Using their lung power, players must score a goal by blowing a ping pong ball with a straw. Once they’ve scored, they return and tag the next person. First team to finish is the... See more

Talks: Creation Calls

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

This talk uses Creation Calls, a 6-minute-long clip of the wonders of God’s creation as filmed by the BBC and punctuated with a beautiful song by Brian Doerksen. The images show the beauty of God’s creation on every continent.  In the background, worship leader Doerksen asks, “How could I... See more

Devotional: Worship Jars

Contributed by: Charlie Baker

Your youth will make their way around a series of stations to create personalised Worship Jars filled with items that will encourage and inspire them to worship God.
You will need: recycled jars (with labels removed) - enough for one per person -  and simple craft supplies (coloured... See more

Team games: Rubbish Bin

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Teams stand on the outside of a marked off playing area. Each team is given a mass of old paper to form into balls. Within the playing area is a bin for their team. They must throw the most paper balls into their bin after time to win.
This game also works with paper darts. Or try it with... See more

Active & Interactive Prayers: Five Words Each

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Youth sit in a circle. They must form a combined prayer by only praying out loud five words each, before the next person continues the prayer. When the last person finishes, everyone shouts 'AMEN!' See more

Hooks: 7 years

Contributed by: Darcy Perry, Bishopric of Waikato

Using the song "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, invite young people to think about what shapes them and what influences them as they grow.
Introduction
Ask: Who knows the song? Who knows what it is about?
Use their answers and add what you need to park the idea that it’s about the people,... See more

How To: Transitioning

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

How do you transition kids into youth group? How do you transition youth into young adults ministry?
A new year is beginning. We find ourselves hoping and praying that as term one begins, the new kids will just rock on up to youth group or turn up at our small group. We hope that it will just... See more

All play: Snake Tag

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

A good old fashioned tag game. Once the person who is ‘in’ has tagged someone, they become part of the snake (by linking arms) until everyone is tagged and the game begins again.
Add 2-3 snakes for more pace. See more

All play: Ringleader

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

A classic but a goodie. The group form a circle. 1-2 players are sent from the room to be the investigator/s while the rest of the group nominate a ringleader. Everything the ringleader does, the group has to do. The investigators have to try and guess who it is with just three... See more

All play: Stomp

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Play as individuals or in teams. Each person receives a balloon (or 2) and a piece of string. Each person blows up their balloon(s) and ties it to their ankle. When play begins, the aim of the game is to pop other players balloons to take them out of the game using your feet (or feet and... See more

Social Events: 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

Teaching Games: Christmas Pass the Parcel

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

This twist on Pass the Parcel is a fun way to tell the Christmas story and reflect on God’s gift of love in Jesus. Our young people really enjoyed this. Our churched young people appreciated hearing a familiar story in a fresh way, and our ‘community’ kids had a fun introduction to a side of... See more

Social Events: 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

Group Prayers: The Deluxe Burger Prayer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

The Deluxe Burger (aka the Hamburger Prayer) is a great way to help your young people pray as a group. Intermediates especially love this one!
Assign someone to be the bottom bun, the tasty cheese, the relish, the lettuce, the meat, the mayo, and top bun. You can add more ingredients if... See more

Icebreakers: Human Bingo

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Put together a human bingo card requiring interesting facts, traits or skills and ask youth to find other youth who qualify to sign their card off.
They must find a different person for each square to sign and must have proof if it’s a physical trait.
Required squares could be things... See more

Active & Interactive Prayers: 6 Creative Ideas for Written Prayers

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

These six ideas all use pen and paper to create a space where your young people can quietly speak to God on their own. For some people, writing down their prayers can be a helpful way to focus their thoughts. It can be a great alternative to praying out loud as a group, especially for those who... See more

Social Events: 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

Team games: Paper Stick Hockey

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Divide your group into 2 teams, and have them stand on opposite sides of a rectangular playing area, with a small goal at each end. Number everyone off and give each person a rolled up paper stick made with newspaper and masking tape. Place a small ball in the centre and call in a... See more

Teaching Games: The Law: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "The Law" is part 4 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: Being obedient, living the way he requires
Passages you could look at: Exodus 19:3-6, Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:17-20, John 14:15
Game... See more

Hooks: ‘Make a Million’ or ‘Make a Difference’?

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Inspire your young people to make an impact for God using the Script ft will.i.am song, Hall of Fame.
If I Were Famous
Start with a round where everyone answers: “If you could be famous – what would it be for?”
Hall of Fame
Introduce the song, Hall of Fame.
Ask students... See more

Team games: Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Instruct your whole group to walk randomly around the room. About every ten seconds or so, call out a number and an (appropriate) part of the body. Players must immediately form a group of the number called, with everyone connected in a circle or a line by that body part, e.g. line up shoulder to... See more

Teaching Games: Manna & Water: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "Manna & Water" is part 3 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: God’s Provision & Trusting in Him
Passages you could look at: Exodus 16:1-27, 31, Exodus 17:1-7, Matthew 6:25-34
Whining... See more

Social Events: 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?
Beforehand
Decorate your area as a winter wonderland (e.g. paper snowflakes, polystyrene balls, white/blue/silver streamers) and... See more

Teaching Games: The Cloud & The Pillar of Fire: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

If you're teaching on Exodus, then here are some activities you can use to help your youth to relate to the story. “The Cloud & The Pillar of Fire” is part 2 of a series on Exodus.
The Big Idea: God’s presence with us & his guidance by the Spirit
Passages you could look...
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Team games: Puzzle Mixer

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

As young people arrive, give them each the piece to a kid’s jigsaw puzzle (min. 10 pieces, max. 25). Have the same number of puzzles as you want teams (e.g. three). If you have extra puzzle pieces left over, place them back into the correct puzzle frames. When it’s time to form teams, lay out... See more

Teaching Games: Trapped: Exodus

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Activities you can use to help your youth to explore and relate to the story of Exodus. "Trapped" is part 1 of a series on Exodus, which you could run over four weeks or use all four sessions at a camp.
The Big Idea: Just as the Israelites were trapped in Egypt, we can also be... See more

Junior Youth: What’s that got to do with Easter?

Contributed by: Susan Baldwin

Learn more about the story of Easter through the objects named in the Bible.
Split the group into teams of 5-8 (for fun ways to do this see our Team Forming Games).
Step 1: Make the Connection
Place the selected objects (e.g bread, nails, towel, sword - see list below) in... See more

Team games: Lolly Scramble

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Lolly Scramble is a fun way to quickly get your youth to form teams for games or group activities. 
Bring a few distinctly different types of wrapped sweets (e.g. Minties, Éclairs, Fruit Bursts etc...) and have a lolly scramble. But tell them they can only grab one kind of... See more

How To: Sample Youth Group Programme

Contributed by: Phil Trotter



  1. Atmospherics: Set up the room well before young people arrive.

  2. Check-Ins: Have a fun activity that gives everyone a chance to say their name and/or share something interesting. (See Community Builders)

  3. Run a game (model positive interactions,... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Pictionary

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Teams gather round a table with 10 pieces of paper each.
In turn, a person from each team is shown one of the Christmas phrases below (or make up others) and has to draw it while the rest of their team try and guess what the phrase is.
With larger groups use two whiteboards back to back... See more

Teaching Games: Human Christmas Tree

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

For this game, divide your group into teams of four or five: one person will be the 'Christmas tree' and the others will be the decorators.
Our youth group loved it when they got to decorate the leaders. And yes, this is me covered in tinsel in the photo!
Give each team a decorating kit,... See more

Social Events: 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

Active & Interactive Prayers: Newspaper prayers

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Collect a few local and national newspapers throughout the week and bring them along to youth group.
Invite your youth to look through the papers. Ask them to read through and look for issues or articles that stir them up inside. Does anything they read make them feel angry? Sad? Happy?
Get... See more

Active & Interactive Prayers: Prayer Planes

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This is a fun way to encourage youth to pray for each other. You’ll need pens, A4 paper and a big open space.
Invite your group to write an intercession or prayer request onto a piece of paper. They can put their name on it, or keep it anonymous if they would prefer. Then instruct them to... See more

Teaching Games: Total Recall

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Show a 2-3 minute clip from a movie or TV show. When it’s finished, ask a series of questions about what the students just saw. The first person to raise their hand and correctly answer the question gets a point for their team.
Be sure to watch the movie ahead of time and come up with plenty... See more

Up Front Games: Chocolate Drop

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Prepare beforehand by spreading out plastic on your stage area. Try to find a place where everyone can see someone lying down.
Get 2-3 pairs to come up front. Have one partner lay down on the plastic and the other to stand above them with a small cup of chocolate syrup. The "dropper," standing... See more

All play: Bang!

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Group forms a circle and someone e.g. a leader calls the name of a player. Immediately the people either side of the named player turn to that person, form their hand into a gun and say “Bang!” The person named tries to ‘duck’ by bobbing down.
The slowest person to ‘duck’ or to say... See more

Social Events: 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:

Junior Youth: The Secret to Being Perfect

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Opener: My Perfect Person
Invite everyone to draw a stylised picture of their perfect human being (e.g. with big ears because they’re a great listener)
OR
Write a personal column advert for the “perfect human being” (50 words or less)
Be Perfect
In Matthew 5:48 Jesus... See more

All play: Jesus Actionary

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Explain that this game involves miming to your team things that Jesus did in his time on earth - just like charades. There will be 10 rounds in which your team tries to guess the answer before the other teams.
Use the red Jesus cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2017) or print your own... See more