6 Best Virtual Youth Group Activities for Your Church
During this time when communication is so essential to church growth, how can we be more in tune to the needs and spiritual health of our young people? What are some practical ways to engage and inspire them? There are plenty of strategies you can use, but if one isn’t virtual youth group activities, you’re missing out.
Here are some ideas for planning faith-based group games and activities, guaranteed to both entertain and challenge them.
1. Online Bible Jeopardy:
Typically, this game is played the way you might have seen it on television. Players stand behind buzzers and sound off when they know the answer. There is often money at stake in the TV shows. You can adapt this to suit your youth groups by using a Zoom call, google hangout, or any other online video platform which allows all players to see and hear each other. The organizer will be in charge of coming up with the clues or questions. Try to make it as challenging as possible, according to the youth group’s age, or their knowledge of Scripture. There are a lot of trivia questions available online if you need help with coming up with smart questions for your savvy players.
2. Bible Charades:
This fun activity can be done in person or online. Make sure that all players are clued in on each hand motion, and what they stand for. The charades are easier if they are based on topics that many remember or associate with. For example, parables from Jesus, or names of famous Bible characters. For a twist, you can include inspirational movie titles in your charades. Players must either act out entire scenes, or spell the title using charade hand motions. Remember, no talking or verbal clues aloud! This is always great fun for those who love acting, comedy, or even the young people who haven’t yet discovered their theatrical side!
3. Bible Characters Yes or No
In this fun youth group activity, one person is chosen think of a Bible character. The others ask him or her questions to get clues to the character. However, the main player is only allowed to answer yes or no. Helpful questions might be, “Are you in the Old Testament?” “Was there a Bible Book named after you?” “Are you human?” Youth groups often love games that challenge their intellectual skills, so this is also an exercise in thinking outside of the box when coming up with good questions for clues.
4. Online group music concerts
You may have some talented youth within your church who are longing for a way to express their art. Whether it is a musical instrument, a song, or visual art, organize online activities with video conferencing for them to share their work, ad get peer recognition. Good communication and collaboration is so important for our young people, and they need to feel there are specific platforms where they can go to for inspiration, comfort, and guidance.
5. Virtual Youth Group Prayer Meetings
For those in your youth group whom you know will benefit from a united prayer meeting, don’t forget this powerful avenue for encouragement. Schedule at least weekly or bi-weekly prayer meetings online. It helps if you meet with cameras or audio so that each can share their prayer requests live and vocalize what they need spiritual guidance for. Your church youth group leaders must endeavor to keep these online spaces as safe and secure as possible. They should be places that your teens and young people feel comfortable in. Look for online cloud solutions with guaranteed security and customer service to ensure this.
6. Virtual Testimony Nights
The theme for these scheduled meets is to share all the positive things the Lord is doing in the lives of your youth group. Do you have social media pages for your young church members? If so, it is easy to make online announcements or invites so that nobody misses out. These testimony nights will have a specific goal in mind. That goal is to lift up each other, strengthen hope and faith, and boost the spirit of each young person present.
The following Bible verses are a good reminder in the power of united efforts and group activities for spiritual encouragement:
· Matthew 18: 19, 20
Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit. Just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, …
That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
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