Monday, August 6, 2012

Theme Night: Potty Talk

This night was designed to teach students to guard their words and show their faith in how they speak.

Challenge: Guard your words this week—when you catch yourself using “potty talk”, step back and think!

Trivia: Toilet

Message: “Potty Talk—Keeping Your Mouth Clean”

  • Toilet Brush Hockey: Played with a Wiffle ball or crushed can and toilet brushes (2-5 players per team)
  • Bobbing for Turds: Bobbing for tootsie rolls or Snickers in water dyed yellow (one bucket per team)
  • Fill the Potty: Set up two buckets with toilet seats on top, give each team several rolls of toilet paper, and fill a bucket with water (or use a bucket from last game). Students must take turns throwing wads of wet toilet paper into the “toilet”, and whichever team fills their “toilet” first (or has “toilet” filled most after certain amount of time)receives five points.
  • Toilet Paper Bride: Students choose one person on their team to dress as a bride, using only toilet paper. Winning team receives five points.

Supplies Needed:
  • Three buckets
  • Two toilet seats
  • Tootsie rolls or bite-size Snickers
  • Lots of toilet brushes (10?)
  • Lots of toilet paper
  • Yellow food coloring
  • One Wiffle ball

Theme Night: Junk Food

This night was designed to teach students to treat their bodies as a temple of the Holy Spirit.

Challenge: This week, treat your body as a temple by not filling it with junk. Come back next week with a story about how you made your body God’s temple.

Trivia: Fast food

Message: Body is a temple of the Holy Spirit

  • Baby Food Hot Potato
  • Blend-o-Rama: 2 bags of random ingredients are placed in front of 2 students (no allergies, strong stomachs). The students have to blend all ingredients in the bag. The first one to drink the blend without regurgitating wins 10 points for their team.
  • Bobbing for spam: Like bobbing for apples, but with spam
  • Eat That Food: Students bet each other that they can eat a gross combination of foods (up to ten). Example: "I can eat that cracker and a sardine." "I can eat that cracker, a sardine, and a jalapeƱo." and so on until someone says "Eat that food!" If the one eating manages to finish the food without vomiting, they receive a number of points equal to the number of foods they combined.

Supplies Necessary:
  • Baby food (2 jars, really gross—beets, green beans, peas, etc.)
  • 2 blenders
  • 2 paper bags
  • Random ingredients (yogurt, hot sauce, frozen veggies, candy, etc.) for blending
  • 2 buckets
  • 5 or so cans of spam
  • Lots of random foods (20 or so, all in small amounts) (Ex. Sardines, jalapeƱos, peanut butter, etc.)

Theme Night: Idols

This night was designed to teach students how the commandment "Have no other gods before me" can relate to modern-day life.

Challenge: Think of something in your life that you feel is taking up time you should be spending with God (TV, internet, doing your hair, etc.). For the next week, limit the time you would normally spend on that and use it to grow closer to God (through prayer, reading your Bible, etc.). Come back next week and tell us what effect it had.

Trivia: Idols in the Bible

Message: Modern-day Idols

  • Celebrity Charades: Like regular charades, but doing celebrity impersonations
  • Youth Group Idol: Like American Idol, this game needs a panel of judges—one to four, depending on the size of your group—and a number of willing students. Instead of traditional American Idol songs, use songs like
    • The Barney theme song
    • I’m a Little Teapot
    • Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    • Jesus Loves Me
    • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Who’s My Idol?: Everyone writes down the name of someone they could call their “idol”—a famous historical figure, an actor or sports celebrity, or a popular politician. Then have them tape the name on the back of the person on their left. Everyone goes around and asks people yes or no questions about who is on their back. They can only ask each person one question at a time.

Theme Night: Feet, Feet, Feet!

This night can be focused around one or two purposes: to teach students to serve others, or to teach them to share the Gospel.

Challenge: Walk outside your comfort zone this week to share God’s love. Next week, tell us what you did and how it affected you.

Trivia: Feet

Message: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news”, or Jesus washing the disciples’ feet

  • Hunt the Marble: Place three marbles in a large bucket of ice water. Before revealing the bucket, ask for three barefoot volunteers to compete in the game. Each competitor is then timed as they try to get all the marbles out of the bucket using just a bare foot.
  • Pass the Lemon: The students line up seated on the floor. They have to pass a lemon along the line and back using only their feet. If the lemon touches the floor, they have to start over again. (Could also use tennis ball)
  • People Minus Feet: Each team tries to stand on as few feet as possible. The one on the fewest feet wins.

Supplies Needed:
  • Bucket
  • Ice
  • Lemon or tennis ball

Theme Night: Bride of Christ

This night was designed to help students better understand what it means that the Church is the bride of Christ.

Challenge: When you find it difficult to be around certain other Christians, remember they are part of the bride of Christ, and respond to them with that in mind. Tell us next week how this affected your interaction with someone.

Trivia: Romantic Bible Facts

Message: Church as the bride of Christ, Hosea and Gomer

  • Toilet Paper Bride: Divide into teams, dress one student per team as a bride in toilet paper, points to best dressed.
  • Valentine Candy Mixer: Pass out candy hearts to everyone, then have each group come up with a poem or funny story using what it says on their hearts.
  • Four (Three) on a Couch: Put names in hat and pass out so everyone has a different name. The goal of the game is to get four (three) girls or four (three) guys on the couch. The person on the right of empty chair/spot calls the name of a game participant. The person whose piece of paper has the called name sits in the empty chair. Whoever sits on the right of the new empty chair calls out another name.
  • Honey, If You Love Me

Supplies Necessary:
  • Toilet paper rolls (2 or 3 per team)
  • Valentine candy hearts
  • Paper

Theme Night: Baby Food

This night was designed to challenge students to grow spiritually, moving from spiritual "Baby Food" on to spiritual "meat".

Challenge: Find out one way you are a “baby” in your faith. Do you have a weak prayer life? Do you need to read more of your Bible, or memorize more? Are you struggling with a certain sin? Tell someone else—you can tell the whole group or pull aside a leader afterwards—and have them keep you accountable for growing in it.

Trivia: Baby Trivia

Message: Milk Vs. Meat (Spiritual Growth)

  • Baby Food Hot Potato: Like Hot Potato, but the student who ends up with the baby food has to take a bite! (Keep a trash can ready for regurgitation, and use separate spoons for each student.)
  • Baby Bottle Burp: Two “parents” put a diaper around their “babies”, then sit them on their lap and feed them a baby bottle of soda (no more than half full), then make them burp. The first baby to burp receives 5 points for their team!
  •  Diapered Relay: Students have to put on a diaper (adult diapers or make-shift , go through an obstacle course crawling like a baby, return to their teammates (still crawling!), pass off the diaper, and so on until the entire team has finished. First team to finish receives 5 points!

Supplies Necessary:
  • Baby food
  • Plastic spoons
  • 1 pack adult diapers (or towels and tape)
  • Soda
  • 2 baby bottles