Posts Tagged ‘theme nights’

All play: Ice Cream Extreme

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM! It doesn't get much better than a whole night centred around the deliciousness that is ice cream. This theme night is a great treat for summer, but works equally well any time of the year.
Start by getting your group into teams, and get them to... 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

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

All play: Bogies

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Each youth is given a small number of green dot stickers (bogies) or red dots (chicken pox) - depending what you’re in the mood for.
Once time starts, youth have to run around the room and ‘stick’ their stickers onto other players.
The aim is to remove any stickers that get... See more

Up Front Games: Blender

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Arrange a table of nice and not so nice foods. Give each food a number from 1-6.
Each player roles a dice twice to see which foods they must blend.
Put the corresponding foods into a blender and give it to the youth to drink.
If they drink it down they win!
For another great... See more

All play: Secret Stash

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Before the youth arrive, hide items around the room or buildings — a 'secret stash' or hidden treasure.
Provide a check list with different points for what the youth are to find.
Let them go for it - with a set time limit.
It also works well with chocolates. 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

Team games: Rescue

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Divide your group into two teams, and set up play within a rectangular area, and include some obstacles around the space.
Give each team 3-4 sturdy chairs that they must use to stay off the ground in order to collect or ’rescue’ items around the area. Items could include random... 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

All play: Pirates

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Set up a course within your playing area made up of different objects and bits of furniture that can be safely climbed and walked on. Make sure there are multiple routes and ways to get around the room.
Split the youth into pairs. Each pair has a turn to be the ‘catchers’ and must chase... 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: 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

Up Front Games: Blend ‘O’ Rama!

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Blend 'O' Rama is a great up front game that is very entertaining to watch. Find 2-4 students who have strong stomachs.  You know the type - the students that claim they'll do anything!
Place a blender each on a table up front. Have several different edible items placed in a lunch bag for each... 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: