Books

A Little Book on Soul Care – Paul Francis

We recommend “A Little Book on Soul Care” by Paul Francis. Its blurb is as follows: We live in a society that seems dominated by care for our physical bodies – Botox, detox, diets and gyms. But w…

The Reset: Returning to the Heart of Worship and a Life of Undivided Devotion – Jeremy Riddle

We recommend “The Reset: Returning to the Heart of Worship and a Life of Undivided Devotion” by Jeremy Riddle. Its blurb is as follows: Even as the sound of modern worship has grown louder, the hea…

StoryLines: Your Map to Understanding the Bible – Andy Croft and Mike Pilavachi

eXp Red Hoodie Leaders are being encouraged to read ‘StoryLines: Your Map to Understanding the Bible’ by Andy Croft and Mike Pilavachi. It is insightful and helps the reader understand the Old Testame…

Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God – Max Lucado

We recommend “Unshakable Hope: Building Our Lives on the Promises of God” by Max Lucado. Its blurb is as follows: What feels shaky in your world? Maybe you feel hurt by the past, disappointed …

Facing Your Giants – Max Lucado

We recommend “Facing Your Giants” by Max Lucado. Its blurb is as follows: You know your Goliath. You recognize his walk, the thunder of his voice.He taunts you with bills you can’t pay, people you …

The Way of the Warrior – Erwin Raphael McManus

We recommend “The Way of the Warrior: An Ancient Path to Inner Peace” by Erwin Raphael McManus.   Its blurb is as follows: Best-selling author, pastor, futurist, and cultural thought leader be…

Games

Home Scavenger Hunt Online

You will need: Young people ZoomHousehold Items Method: This is currently the most common way to engage your students on Zoom, while getting them up and moving. Pick a random list of things, …

Pictionary Online

You will need: Young PeopleZoomThe use of Zoom Whiteboard/Annotation functionality Method: This requires you to use the drawing feature on Zoom, which also requires quite a bit of set up befo…

Reverse Charades Online

You will need: Young peopleZoomPaper and pen (Optional) Method: One person is “it” while everyone else acts out a word. You can get the word to the large group by privately messaging ever…

Partners in Pen Online

You will need: A piece of paperA random household objectYoung peopleZoom Method: Have everyone grab a piece of paper and some random object from their house. (Nothing too familiar, but someth…

Rock, Paper, Scissors Online

You will need: Young peopleZoom Method: This is super simple, and you can vary it in a million ways. Also, “Gorilla, Man, Gun” is a great alternative to rock, paper, scissors. (“Gorilla…

True Facts Online

You will need: ZoomYoung People Method: This is simple! Everyone privately messages the host a secret fact about themselves, and then the host shares them one by one. Everyone then must vote …

Mafia Online

You will need: Young peopleA deck of cardsZoom Method: This game has always been a blast, and has never required us to be together, but it does need a few changes to use with Zoom. (If you’…

Box of Lies Online

You will need: ZoomA group of young peopleHousehold items Method: This game comes from Jimmy Fallon’s late-night show. (Here’s a clip so you’ve got an idea of how it works: https://www.…

Drawback and Feedback

You will need: Two pieces of paperTwo pensTwo young people Method: One piece of paper is on person 1’s backThe other is in the hand of the person 2, who has the first piece of paper on thei…

Please Pass the Peas

You will need: 4 bowls.Straws.Dried peas. Method: Sort young people into two teams.Each player has a straw.On the start side is a chair for each team with a bowl of dried peas (3 for each pla…

Rock, Paper, Scissors, Conga!

You will need: A large sum of young people. Method: Each young person challenges another to a rock, paper, scissors duel out of three. The loser joins the winner’s conga line.Keep this going …

Lace Race

You will need: Strawberry LacesYoung PeopleA Table and two chairs Method: Set up the table with two chairs on either side.Open the pack of strawberry laces and select/ask for volunteers from …

Tray Wars

You will need: 2 Baking Trays (or any other similar objects)2 Batons (Rolled up newspaper/paper will do)2 Young PeopleA referee (young person or leader) Method: Two young people have a baking…

Chubby Bunnies

You will need: Marshmellows2-6 young people.A bin (for potential marshmellows falling out of mouths) Method: Create a row of participants.The leader will go from one end of the row to the oth…

Penguin Pass

You will need: BalloonsYoung people Method: Arrange two to four teams of young people in lines.Each team will have one balloon, first given to the front participant in each line.Each young pe…

Wheelie Relay

You will need: Two wheelie binsTwo teams of young people Method: Each young person within their team takes turns to get in a wheelie bin and the other behind them pushes them round a course.I…

Spoons

You will need: A standard deck of 52 cards (a deck without jokers)Young people.An amount of spoons one less than the amount of young people. Method: Arrange the spoons in a small circle in th…

Empires

You will need: A leaderYoung peoplePaperPens Method: A leader chooses a topic (i.e. Food, Cars, brands, Countries etc.)Each player must then write a word belonging to that category on their p…

Mafia

You will need: A group of people (usually 7 or more)A deck of playing cards Method: Gather 7 or more people to play and have everyone sit in the same room. The players may sit around a table,…

Splat

You will need: Young people Method: Form a circle of young people and place another young person in the middle of the circle.The player standing in the middle of the circle is the “splatter…

Links

Ministry To Youth

We recommend the Ministry To Youth Website: https://ministrytoyouth.com Specifically, please check out the Youth Group Lessons on Character: https://ministrytoyouth.com/youth-group-lessons-o…

The C.S. Lewis Institute

We recommend The C.S. Lewis Institute Website: http://www.cslewisinstitute.org Specifically, please check out the Bible Study for Adolescents and Teens on “Character”: https://www.cslewisinst…

Videos

The Bible Project

‘The Bible Project’ is another great resource for understanding the Bible and its themes. The YouTube videos are creative and excellent in helping to unveil the stories of each book of the Bible as we…

Stop Worrying: Inspirational Christian Video – Troy Black

We recommend the following video: Stop Worrying: Inspirational Christian Video – Troy Black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grTuXo1hqN4

You Are Not Alone: Motivational Christian Video – Troy Black

We recommend the following video: You Are Not Alone: Motivational Christian Video – Troy Black https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUq2xCad9LE