In case you’ve never been introduced to Stuff You Can Use, it is run by Kenny & Elle Campbell, Middle School Pastors at The Chapel in New York. Their site provides awesome games, but they also provide loads of ministry tools to help equip leaders, parents and volunteers.
One of the great features of this site is that it is also economical. In fact, much of it is just a couple of bucks or free. In today’s economy, I don’t have to tell you how invaluable a resource like this is.
The game that caught my attention was their giant-size Angry Birds game. Our youth ministry is stoked to play this game at our New Year’s Eve event this year. I encourage you to take some time to peruse their site and utilize this amazing ministry tool.
If you want to get all the latest from Stuff You Can Use, follow them on Twitter @stuffyoucanuse and sign up on their site to get emails with free products and notifications on new materials. You can also follow Student Ministry Games @stumingames to get more great games and resources!
Thursday’s Tip of the Day is KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE. In the marketplace, companies spend tens of thousands on market research because they know that understanding their customer will help drive sales. As a youth leader or worker, it is vital that we know our students. When we take the time to get to know them, we better understand how to effectively minister to them. Today, we see how this plays out when it comes to the arena of gaming.
I know that many who read this will say, “But I want everyone to get a chance…”, but the truth is, games can sink quickly because you have people who won’t generate the excitement that a game requires.
PREP TIME – 5-10 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED – 12- ½ Filled Dixie Cups of Lemon Juice, 12- 4 oz Cups of Water, 12 Packets of Sugar
GAME TIME – 3-5 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS – 12 (4 Teams of 3)
Once you have your contestants, separate them into groups and have them line up single file behind the table where the ingredients will be placed. Each portion of the table (make it four distinct sections) should have 3- ½ filled Dixie cups of lemon juice, 3- 4oz cups of water, 3 packets of sugar.
Today’s Monday Minute is all about the purpose of games. When playing a game, make sure you know why you are playing. In my view, games serve one of three purposes: to have fun, to teach a point or to develop relationships through teamwork. Let’s quickly break each of them down.
1. Games To Have Fun
In my opinion, these games are essential. If you do a game every week, then it is fine to mix in a game that illustrates a point. On the other hand, don’t lose sight of the fact that many students are stressed and it is nice for them to have a place where they can just have some fun.
Happy Saturday! We hope that you had a great Thanksgiving weekend with your friends and family. Today’s game is, BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER. This is one of those games that is guaranteed to get a ton of laughs!
PREP TIME – 5-10 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED – 4 Sets of Make-Up (blush, eyeliner, lipstick, etc.), 4 Chairs
GAME TIME – 2-3 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS – 12 (4 Teams- Each Team has 2 Girls & 1 Guy)
You will need to have 4 chairs set up in front of the room. Ask for 4 guy volunteers and have them sit in the chair facing the audience (put the chairs on a platform if possible so people can see).
Here at Student Ministry Games, we realize that there is a plethora of game sites out there. Every Friday we will share one of our favorites with you, highlighting its strengths.
Today, we take a look at one of the big boys, Simply Youth Ministry’s morethandodgeball.