No Prep Youth Group Games
These games will come in handy when you want to play a quick game or teach a simple Bible lesson to a group of youth.
Blindfolded participants are led through an obstacle course by a sighted partner. An excellent team building game with a lesson on being part of a Christian community. You can also use this game to teach about the Holy Spirit. Bible Passages - 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; Hebrews 10:24-25; John 14:16,26; John 16:13; Galatians 5:16-26
Players stand in a circle and toss a ball among themselves. Whoever catches the ball must say the name of the next book of the Bible before tossing it to another player. Play this quick game to see if players can recall the names of all 66 books in the correct order.
In this simple circle game, a ball is tossed among players. Before tossing the ball, players must shout the name of their intended recipient. The recipient must catch the ball, quickly shout the name of another player, and toss the ball to that player. Use this game to teach that we are blessed to be a blessing to others.
Play this game anywhere! Players take turns to list items within a chosen category. But the item named must begin with the last letter of the previous item. For example, if the category is food, the players can say “pizza”, followed by “apple pie”, “eggs”, “spaghetti”, and so on.
This large group Rock-Paper-Scissors battle is a fun (and slightly chaotic) Christian icebreaker game for church that can also be used to teach unity, peace and servant leadership. Bible Passages - 1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Colossians 3:12-14; Galatians 5:16,22-23; Luke 22:25-26; John 13:3-5; Mark 9:35; Romans 12:18; Hebrews 12:14
Hold up a large blanket between two teams, with one player from each team standing on either side of the blanket. When the blanket goes down, players must quickly identify and shout their opponent’s name! This ice-breaker game can be used to introduce the Christmas story about the angel appearing to young Mary and to the shepherds to tell them about the birth of Jesus.
Teams must quickly line up according to specific criteria given. For example in order of shoe size, with the smallest shoe size in front and the largest shoe size at the back. A great game to help players get to know each other and to teach about salvation and the kingdom of heaven.
Players are crew on a ship and must obey the captain’s orders! When the captain shouts out an order, everyone must quickly respond with a corresponding action. Use this game to teach about submitting to authority, obedience and the wise and foolish builders.