Sunday School Games
Sunday school games are a great way to loosen everybody up before a youth group or youth ministry meeting. The object of Sunday school games should be to get everybody involved in a simple and fun way. Here are a few tips and ideas to keep in mind when having your youth group participate in Sunday school games.
First everybody should be able to participate. Not everybody is an athlete or physically gifted and can dunk a basketball. Keep this in mind when setting up various Sunday school games for your youth ministry. When choosing Sunday school games to have your youth ministry participate in the aware of this and switch up the amount of physical activity or athletic activity that each game contains. For instance if you have your youth group outside participating in one of your more physical Sunday school games, next week have your students participate in a mind teaser game.
When choosing Sunday school games, you should also be aware of the climate and weather where you will be playing your games. If it is late fall or winter it might not be the best time to have your youth ministry participating in a water gun fight! Now I know a lot of people won’t make a mistake like that, but in all seriousness if your youth ministry is outside participating in one of your Sunday school games in the late evening know when the sun is going to go down and plan accordingly so everybody can see well enough not to get hurt while participating in one of the games.
Sunday school games should always be a way to bring everybody together.
Watch out for any bullying or mocking that may occur during one of the games. If your teens are very competitive they may mock or taunt other students while participating in the games. You should draw a line and not let anybody cross that line when it comes to respect for each other even in a casual setting of playing a game. In a lot of cases this isn’t something that you will have to worry about but if it does arise be sure to nip it in the bud very quickly.
Sunday school games should be used to lighten the mood. A lot of times in youth ministry there are a lot of heavy topics that can bring a lot of emotions to the forefront with your students. Use the games as a way to lighten the mood so that every class begins and ends on a high note.
Lastly a great tip for any youth leader or youth minister is to participate yourself in the Sunday school games. A lot of your students will want nothing more than to beat you in a challenging mind twister game or physical activity. So join the fun with your youth ministry and participate with them! The worst thing that can happen is you lose, but the best thing that can happen is everybody comes together and had a great time participating in Sunday school games.
A few more tips that you should keep in mind when you are creating Sunday school games. Make sure that all Sunday school games you teach are fun and creative. Make sure that the Sunday school games you are teaching really engage students from the start. Keep your Sunday school games laser targeted without too many points that you are trying to convey. Your Sunday school games should have one or two major focuses that you want to teach your students. The Sunday school games should not be very long. Teenagers have short attention spans, and it doesn’t matter where they are, if something is going on too long you’re going to lose them, so keep your Sunday school games short.
One last point, when your class is participating in Sunday school games. Make sure that your Sunday school games really convey your love for Jesus Christ. When your students see that you love Jesus Christ during your Sunday school games, you will be able to make a bond with your students during your Sunday school games. They will see that your love and passion for Jesus Christ shows at all times including when you are participating in Sunday school games. And if your love and passion shows through while having fun with Sunday school games, they will know that you are for true with what you teach. The Sunday school games should be an extension of your love and passion for the word of God. So when you are playing Sunday school games let that shine through.