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.
Happy Thanksgiving! Take time to give thanks to God for all you have been blessed with. Most of us, even on our worst day, have far more than the rest of this world. After you are done giving thanks, take a moment to read the rest of this blog and check out some of our archive of games before the tryptophan kicks in!
If you are new to my blog (and you all are at this point!), I will be sharing a gaming tip every Thursday. It may be tempting to look past this, but I highly recommend taking two minutes to read the post. If you are the Student/Youth Pastor, you may find this as a helpful resource to pass on to leaders who assist or run the games for your ministry.
In 15+ years of working with students, I have come to realize a few things that will help ensure that your games become a hit. There’s nothing more disappointing than getting a bunch of people excited for a game, only to see it fizzle before your eyes. To make sure that doesn’t happen to you, I will share the first of my 7 Golden Rules of Gaming.
KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID!
We hope you are preparing to have an amazing Thanksgiving. If you are like me, you will probably overeat, watch some football and take a nap. After all of this, I hope you feel rejuvenated enough to hit the stores with those crazy people… people like me.
This article does not directly involve gaming, but it is about efficiency and productivity. In ministry, most of us have to be frugal, and at very least, we should be good stewards of the resources God has given us. The reason most of us overpay for anything is because we don’t plan ahead- in other words, we pay for convenience.
Each and every Wednesday we will be sharing with you some sort of wild (and usually messy!) game. Last week we introduced you to MELON MADNESS. This Wednesday’s game is simply entitled, DUEL.
PREP TIME – 10-20 Minutes
ITEMS NEEDED – 2 Medium-Sized Squirt Guns, 2 Alka-Seltzer Tablets, 2 Popsicle Sticks, 2 Pairs of Goggles, Velcro
GAME TIME – 2 Minutes
PARTICIPANTS – 2 People (though you could reciprocate and add more players)
Before you start the game, you’ll need to get the materials listed above and be ready for a little assembly. The goal of the game is to have two participants go Old West Style against each other in a good ole’ gun fight… squirt guns that is.