My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting the son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Leader Tip: Be a Great Host
Every youth group plays games. Whether you have a group of 10 or 210, there’s a good chance that games are a staple part of your large group program. Sometimes you will play stage games, and other times, you will play games that involve everyone in the room. It is important to have a game host that will facilitate a high energy, fun experience for the students in the room. This host could be the youth pastor, a SGL, or even a student. There are four important things to remember before you hand the microphone off to another person to host the game
Be the thermostat. I have heard this phrase multiple times in student ministry, and it is so true. When you are the thermostat, you set the temperature for the room. Don’t be a thermometer because a thermometer just tells you what the temperature already is. When you are the one setting the temperature, you can decide how fun or exciting this game is going to be. When my leaders are leading games or doing announcements, I tell them to pretend that whatever they’re doing is the most exciting thing ever. If they’re excited about the game they’re playing, chances are that the students will be too.
Be confident. Confidence is sometimes a personality trait, so some of you are already shaking your head and saying, “I have no confidence, so I can’t host a game.” Wrong. I think that the key to being confident when hosting a game is to know what you are doing. Similar to preparing a message, make sure you know your content before going on stage. Have an idea of what you are going to say before you actually say it.
Keep things moving. When hosting a game, quiet time is not your friend. Make jokes. Tell stories. Ask questions. Whatever you do, don’t let there be silence. If a game is bombing, know when to pull the plug. Move along to the next thing, and don’t sweat it.
Recruit a co-host. Like King Solomon wrote, two are better than one. He obviously wasn’t talking about youth group games, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Having a co-host for your games is always a great idea. You have to make sure that you and the co-host have good chemistry. While hosting, it is important to banter back and forth. Make it a conversation. Think Jimmy Fallon and Higgins. David Letterman and Paul Shaffer. Tripp and Tyler. This person may not be your best friend, but it definitely needs to be someone that you can joke with.
Now, we can’t all be as funny as Jon Acuff, but humor always goes a long way in hosting games. If you are naturally funny, embrace that! If you are not naturally funny, maybe delegate hosting to someone else. Kidding, but seriously, it would be a good idea to recruit a co-host that can make a couple jokes. If the students laugh during your game, most likely, it will be a success. Now, GO! Be the best game host since Steve Harvey!
Monday, 10/8 – No school for Central (get time to contact students)
Remember to take attendance through the email you receive weekly, and before the end of the night. Thank you!
Please make it a priority to be at the wherehouse by 6:30pm to go over the details of the evening and to pray together. Send a message through GroupMe or text AJ at 906-7157 if you’ll be late or won’t be there.
Opening Game #1: Grab and Swat
1 foam noodle cut in half (you’ll use both halves).
1 5 gallon bucket
How to play: Have everyone stand in a circle but have them face towards the outside of the circle. Choose two youth to stand inside the circle, where the bucket is located. Give them each a noodle. The object of the game is for the student to swat someone and run back to the trash can, put the noodle in the trash can, and get back to where the person they swatted was standing, before they can grab the noodle out of the trash can and swat them back. If they are able to hit the student back, before they make it back to the spot, then the one who got swatted back is now in the mush pot, which is actually outside the circle, until someone who swats a player gets swatted back. If the student is able to swat the person, get the noodle back in the bucket, and make it back to that person’s place without getting swatted back, then the other person is now “it” with the noodle.
Game #2: Turn Over a New Leaf
Students stand on sheet, players must flip sheet but they cannot touch the floor
4 colored sheets
How To Play
All players begin by standing on one side of sheet. Players must flip sheet up-side-down without any player touching the floor.
If any player touches the floor, players must start over.
House Rules: Week 5
HOUSE RULE #5: LOOK TO LEARN
LOOK TO LEARN FROM JESUS AND YOU WILL GROW.
2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.
And eternal life means knowing you, the only true God, and knowing Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
YOU LEARN ABOUT JESUS BY LISTENING
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
“Anyone who has ears should listen,“
YOU LEARN TO TRUST JESUS IN SURRENDER
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about Him? And how can they hear without a preacher? …So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.
YOU LEARN TO BE LIKE JESUS BY STICKING WITH HIM
1 John 2:6
…whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
Scripture of focus:
You did not choose Me, but I chose you. I appointed you that you should go out and produce fruit.
• What is one thing that stood out to you in this passage?
• Why do you think it stood out to you?
• What can you apply to your life from this passage?
Why do you think it is important for us to always be learning more about Jesus?
Is there anything you’ve learned during your relationship with Jesus that surprised you? Maybe even just a fun or interesting bible story?
How do we “abide” or stick with Jesus?
Close in prayer