Books

  • 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 Testaments’ connection to the Jesus Story!  It is an easy read, but have your Bible handy because you […]
  • 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 by the present, or worried about the future. If so, there is hope. For every problem […]
  • 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 can’t please, habits you can’t break, failures you can’t forget, and a future 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 believes that to experience and establish peace, we must first confront the battles that rage within. McManus shows that […]

Games

  • Home Scavenger Hunt Online
    You will need: Young people Zoom Household 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, and then whenever they arrive at Zoom, ask them to go and get each item (one […]
  • Pictionary Online
    You will need: Young People Zoom The 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 beforehand (or just whenever you have very few students in the Zoom meeting with you). Here is how […]
  • Reverse Charades Online
    You will need: Young people Zoom Paper 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 everyone individually, OR by writing it down and showing it on your screen while the person […]
  • Partners in Pen Online
    You will need: A piece of paper A random household object Young people Zoom Method: Have everyone grab a piece of paper and some random object from their house. (Nothing too familiar, but something that is mildly obscure.) Then, each person takes a turn describing their hidden item while everyone […]
  • Rock, Paper, Scissors Online
    You will need: Young people Zoom 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 beats the Man, Man beats the Gun, Gun beats Gorilla, if you tie, you die. 1, 2, […]
  • True Facts Online
    You will need: Zoom Young 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 who they think it belongs to. See if your students can fool the others! This is great […]
  • Mafia Online
    You will need: Young people A deck of cards Zoom 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’ve NEVER played, here are the general rules: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=25&v=Wx7kz5LpAz4&feature=emb_logo) You will always […]
  • Box of Lies Online
    You will need: Zoom A group of young people Household 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.youtube.com/watch?v=Md4QnipNYqMThe Zoom modification is that each person who comes to your Zoom meeting would bring the “weirdest” thing […]
  • Drawback and Feedback
    You will need: Two pieces of paper Two pens Two young people Method: One piece of paper is on person 1’s back The other is in the hand of the person 2, who has the first piece of paper on their back. Person 1 draws something on the paper on […]
  • 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 player on the team), on the finish side is a chair […]
  • 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 until there is one continuous conga-line and winner.
  • Lace Race
    You will need: Strawberry Laces Young People A 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 the young people. Sit the young people down and give them each a strawberry lace. Ask […]
  • Tray Wars
    You will need: 2 Baking Trays (or any other similar objects) 2 Batons (Rolled up newspaper/paper will do) 2 Young People A referee (young person or leader) Method: Two young people have a baking tray placed flat on one hand and a baton in the other, and when the referee […]
  • Chubby Bunnies
    You will need: Marshmellows 2-6 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 other and give the young person a marshmallow. Each young person has to put the marshmallow […]
  • Penguin Pass
    You will need: Balloons Young 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 person has to take the balloon from the person in front of them only using their […]
  • Wheelie Relay
    You will need: Two wheelie bins Two 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. It’s a relay race, first team to have completed the course wins.
  • 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 the center of the table and deal four cards to each player. Each player […]
  • Empires
    You will need: A leader Young people Paper Pens 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 piece of paper. (if the topic was food, Player A could write “Apple”). The leader then […]
  • 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, on sofas and chairs, or on the floor, but they must […]
  • 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”. The splatter randomly points to someone and shouts “Splat!” The player pointed to must duck […]

Links

  • Ministry To Youth
    We recommend the Ministry To Youth Website: https://ministrytoyouth.com Specifically, please check out the Youth Group Lessons on Character:
  • 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.cslewisinstitute.org/webfm_send/3827

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