Games can be great for creating an environment to foster relationships, but sometimes you need something a little more. Games can be used to illustrate a point, teach a lesson or achieve a particular purpose. Running these games will give you a teachable moment.
If there is one game every Youth Group leader should run it's the Encouragement Game. I cannot speak highly enough about the effect this game can have on young people. Young People do not hear enough positive messages about themselves, but taking part in this game will help correct that. Another similar game is Distinctly Beautiful.
A well known game, this can lead nicely into a discussion on the concept of trust - what it means, how it feels, how we determine who or what we can trust, how some people can find trusting someone difficult if they have been let down in the past, etc.
Group members lead a blind folded member through an obstacle course. This requires communication and trust.
Whilst this is a a fun game, there's little doubt the truth will be stretched during this game. This opens up the opportunity to talk further about the importance of telling the truth, and trustworthy sources.
Two truthes and a lie is a quick get-to-know-you game which involves telling truthes and a 'lie'.
This is not really a game but an activity that can be a good finish to a night and get young people thinking after your program has finished.
A longer activity with several opportunities to demonstrate love and compassion to others.
An active game for groups which can lead into a discussion on loving your neighbour and what it means.
This is not suitable for every group, but an interesting exercise on how your group would handle an unexpected visitor.
A really fun game which gives kids the chance to indicate where they stand on particular issues - some fun, some serious. This is a great activity to run prior to a talk on how sometimes in life, standing up for what you believe can sometimes put you in the spotlight or make you stand out from the crowd.
The outcome of this type of game is generally that we can accomplish more than we initially realise, especially when we work together as a team.
A game played at night with torches, demons, crosses and glowing bracelets!
Are there any games or activities you know of which have a good message? If so please let us know so we can share with others.