THE GOAL: To get as many points as possible while completing as many tasks as possible.  They must be on video for all to see!  If you get into trouble DO NOT CALL ME!!!

Safety Disclaimer:

  • Always identify yourself as being affiliated with our youth group (insert church name here).
  • Have an adult with you at all times.
  • If participants are unwilling to participate thank them for their time (politely) and move on to another unsuspecting victim (I mean person).
  • Don’t do this after dark.
  • Set a time limit.
  • Don’t let the Senior Pastor find out!!!!!!!!!!!

THE TASKS (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER):

Family Photo (100 pts. each): You are to go into as many different churches as you can.  Get your group on video with at least one person from the church.  If you choose, you can get a video of your group just in front of the church (50 pts.).

Burning to get inside (500 pts.): Get a tour of a local fire station.  For 100 extra points you can get a tour of a fire truck.  For an additional 100 extra points (per person) you can put on a fireman’s suit.

History in the making (200 pts.): Go to a local park or church playground and re-enact an historical event.  You may earn an extra 100 points for creativity.

The next best thing (500 pts.): Go to a local restaurant and do an interview with an employee about why their condiments are better than another restaurant’s.  You may earn an extra 200 pts. by going to the other restaurant and have them do a rebuttal interview.

Sing, sing, sing (500 pts.): Go to a local bookstore and request permission to serenade their patrons with a Christmas carol.  You may also go to Starbuck’s Coffee Shop.  Each one will be worth 500 pts.

Tour of duty (300 pts.): Choose a person from your group and have them give a tour of their house.  To get the points, the tour must include their bedroom with all of you on their bed!

It’s time for what?!?! (200 pts.): Find a clock (in public view) and circle around it reciting the children’s nursery rhyme “Hickory, Dickory, Dock.”

Stranger things than this (1000 pts.): Request permission to go into a complete stranger’s house and get a video of all of you in the kitchen drinking a cup full of water (and washing the cups when you’re done!).  Speaking of washing up, you will receive an extra 500 pts. if you can get a video of all of you in their bathtub.  You will get an additional 500 pts. if the owner gets in the tub with you!

Bigger than, better than (one winner, 1000 pts.): Each group will be given a penny.  Your goal is to trade this penny for something bigger than and better than the penny.  You will then trade that object for something bigger than and better than that object.  When asked why you’re doing this you can share that the love of Christ is bigger than and better than anything you will trade for all day long!  The winner is the group that comes back with the biggest object.

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Here is a prayer walk we did recently with our youth. Feel free to use it, modify it, or even suggest changes!

Go sit out in the parking lot
– What does a parking lot represent? It can represent visitors or new people, regular attenders, a place to park your car (the closer the better), or even a place to come hang out. From our parking lot you can see the main road passing by our church. How many people drive by who know someone from the church? Of the people that drive by, how many know and are walking with Jesus? How many will never come to church? Why?

Pray for the people in our church, by name if possible. If you have visitor parking find it and pray for the people we will have the opportunity to reach. Does your pastor have a normal parking spot? Go to that spot and pray for him.

Go to the stage or platform where your weekly services happen
– This represents the worship and the Word. On this stage, weekly, the leaders present God’s Word in song and preach the Scriptures faithfully. Go stand where the worship leader normally stands. Look at the church or congregation from his view. Do you know how much time goes into preparing the worship and the Word weekly? Go stand in front of the pulpit and see what the pastor sees on a weekly basis. Can you picture where any of our people sit? Look up into the upper room. That is where all of our sound and media preparation takes place.

Pray that the Word would be taught clearly. Pray that people would respond to the gospel. Pray that our worship would be pure. Pray for the people that prepare the weekly services.

Go to our missions/missionary hall in the back of the church
– This is where our church highlights all of the different missions organizations and missionaries that we support. We support people and places that are from the church, local, national, and international. We have some ministries that have started from our church because people saw a need and wanted to meet it. We have also sent many of our own adults and youth around the world on mission trips. All of the financial support we give is separate from the church budget. It comes from people who have taken the initiative to give above and beyond what they normally would. Look at the board and see who we support and what they do. On the map, find the countries where they serve.

Pray for our missionaries by name and by country. In particular, find something that catches your interest and pray for it. Pray that more missionaries would be sent out from our church. Pray and ask God what your mission field is.

Go to the playground – This is where our children play. This is where we play (although we probably shouldn’t). The children are the future youth, the future spiritual leaders of our church. You as the youth, need to set good examples for them. You need to build relationships with them now and be friendly. They are watching you in everything you do (and don’t do). Think about all the children’s helpers. Some of you do that! Picture how difficult it must be at times. Think about what a great joy it is to be able to do that.

Pray for our children. They are the future youth ministry. Pray for our children’s workers. Pray that our children would hear the gospel clearly and respond. Pray that families would be changed as a result of our children’s ministry. Pray for our children’s director and her staff. Thank God that we have so many children and families in our church.

Go to Grace mountain (Grace mountain is a big hill outside of our church. It makes a great sledding hill and slip-n-slide. It also gives a great view of the surrounding area.) – If you look to the back side of the church you can see the 20 acres that our church recently purchased. Off to the west you can see the other property next to us that has been for sale and vacant for a couple of years. Look at all the subdivisions that surround our church. We are strategically positioned for maximum influence. What could this mountain be in 5 years? Will it be a youth wing expansion? Could we have that kind of influence in our community? What if each one of you reached two friends this year? One time while Jesus was talking to his followers he said that the fields around them were ripe for harvest. The fields were a metaphor for people. I would echo Jesus’ words. The fields around us are ripe for harvest. You have the best opportunities to influence your friends. You have a much great influence than any of our youth workers ever will. What will you do about it?

Pray for the future of GEC. Pray for our building expansion. We own all of this property for God. Pray for kingdom expansion, that we would reach people for God. Thank God for all the things He has given us. Ask God what part you will play in all of this.

Where will you find the best representation of sin on our church property?
– Answers may vary but some of ours were in the parking lot (trashy), the retention pond out front, the toilet, or even ourselves. One person suggested the cross where Jesus took the sin of the world on Himself.

Where will you find the best representation of grace on our church property? – Answers, again, may vary but most of our youth agreed that it was represented by the cross where Jesus died to take the punishment for our sin. We didn’t deserve what Jesus did but He did it anyway to satisfy God’s wrath (among other things).

Ask God to show you the things that you need to confess to Him. Is there anyone you need to ask forgiveness from? Is there any stubbornness, pride, or anger you need to deal with? Are there relationships that you need to fix? Take this time in the quietness and darkness, at the foot of the cross, to offer up your sin and thank God for His grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

This is a scavenger hunt that we’ve done in that past on prayer. Please feel free to use this or tweak it to suit you. We usually use this with our youth while they are at church but with a few adjustments you could probably use this to recharge your own personal prayers as well.

Find a rock and read 2 Samuel 22:2-4 (Pray that God would build His church

Find a light outside and read Matthew 4:14-16 (Pray that we would be outreach oriented and bold with our actions)

Go to the children’s wing or nursery and read Matthew 19:14 (Pray for the future generations)

Find a pastor’s office/car
and read Isaiah 55:8-11 (Pray for the pastors)

Go to the front doors of the church and read Revelation 3:20 (Pray for people who come in and out of these doors)

Find a patch of growing grass
and read Matthew 13:3-9 (Pray that God’s Word would fall on good soil)

Go stand at the entrance into the parking lots (do not get hit!) and read John 14:6 (Pray that people would come to the life changing knowledge and acceptance of Jesus Christ)

Go to the work shed/garage and read Matthew 9:37,38 (Pray that more workers would be raised up)

Find a big hill overlooking a cornfield (can you tell we’re in the Midwest?) and read Matthew 28:18-20 (Pray for the lost and growing)

Go to one of the corners of the church and read Isaiah 28:16 (Pray that God would establish our church/His church in the community)

The past several years our youth group has gone on a camping trip down to southern Indiana. We spend the weekend relaxing, playing games, and having fun. The entire place encompasses about 10 acres of the most amazing land you could find in Indiana. In the middle is a small lake with some big fish. Many a night has been spent trying to catch those catfish! On top of that, the owners have planted and maintained a beautiful herb garden as well as walking paths and places to be alone.

One of the elements we try to add in during our camping trip is a daily devotional. This year we decided to write the devotional based off of some of the herbs and various locations on the property. Obviously, if you try this for your own group, this won’t work for everyone. However, if there is something you’d like to use or modify please feel free. Maybe you could just picture the scenes and go through the devotional yourself. Any way you use it please enjoy the “Herbal Meditations.”

1. Cross on arch in herb garden (John 19:19) – Jesus was mockingly called the “King of the Jews.” Is he the “king” of your life? How can you tell? Can others tell? Discuss how “kingship” is shown in people’s lives.

2. Doll in the lake (Exodus 2:3) – Why was Moses set adrift in the river? Who are the people that provide protection for you in different areas? How does God protect us (Hebrews 13:5-7 & Joshua 1:5)?

3. Love in a puff (Matthew 28:19) – I thought of 2 things when I was told about this flower. One is the idea of the Trinity. What do you know about the Trinity? The other is the idea of relationship. The Trinity forms a perfect example of relationship. Who do you admire most in your family? How well is our youth group doing at being family? What suggestions do you have. How can you be part of the change?

4. Grape arbor (Jeremiah 8:13) – If you had to be a fruit what would you be and why? Go to John 15:5 and read it together. What is “spiritual fruit?” What fruit are you producing? How can you even produce fruit (v. 4)? Do you consider yourself a disciple? Do you know what a disciple is? Read verses 8-10 from John 15.

5. Cedar tree behind the garden (Psalm 92:12) – The cedar is describes as a strong tall tree. In a guitar, cedar is used as a soft wood for the top of the guitar. It is very responsive to the lightest touch. Are you responsive when God says something to you? Do you know how to listen to God? The verse also says that the righteous will flourish. What does righteous mean? Are you flourishing? Are you being righteous?

6. Mint (Matthew 23:23) – Spices were presented at Christ’s birth and used for burial at his death. Here we see them being offered by the Pharisees. Why did Jesus say “Woe…?” What should they have been doing? Turn to Micah 6:8 and read that verse too. What does it say that we should be giving? What do each of them mean? Are you giving them?

7. Frog rock (Revelation 16:13)
– Frogs are used here and in Exodus 8:2. In both cases it is not a good thing. In one passage they are a plague and in the other they are coming out of the mouth of the dragon, Satan. Frogs are a lot like our tongues or our talk. They could represent both good and evil. Go to the book of James and read the following verses (James 1:19, 26/3:1-12). What do you see as you read these passages? Too often we are a plague with our words. We even bring death (Proverbs 18:21). Spend a few minutes discussing this as a group.

8. Crown of thorns (John 19:2) – Jesus Christ took on human form, came to earth, lived a perfect human life, and died on the cross, taking the penalty for our sin upon himself so that we might know a full life with the Savior. This is also known as the incarnation, God becoming flesh. What do you know about crucifixion? It is probably one of the most barbaric forms of death ever invented. The world tells us we are good. The Bible says we are not (Romans 3:23, Psalms 14:1-3, Jeremiah 17:9). Therefore, Jesus had to come and die so that we might live. Take a few minutes and consider what that means for your life.

9. Prayer rock (Matthew 26:36)
– What is your prayer life like? Be specific and be honest. Why do we tend to be so weak when it comes to prayer? Pastor John Piper says that “until you realize that life is a war you don’t know what prayer is for.” Do you think you are in a war? Who is your enemy (Ephesians 6:12)? In a battle there are 4 groups of people (as far as I can tell). One is the enemy. Another is the person who fights the enemy. A third is the innocent bystander and the fourth is a P.O.W. The prisoner of war is out of commission and really ineffective in the battle. Which one of the four people are you? Spend some time praying by yourself. Finish by praying together out loud.

10. Barn (Joel 1:17)
– Turn to Proverbs 3: 9, 10 and read it together. What are the different sources of wealth that you have? What are the things you are giving to God? What things are you holding back? Some versions use the word “firstfruits.” What does that mean? Look up inside the barn at the hay loft. In the right season this loft is stacked full of hay. The hay could represent God’s provision for you. God will not leave you lacking in what you “need.” It may not always be what you want but it will be what you need (Matthew 6:25-34). Is it hard to trust or believe that God knows what He is doing? Why or why not? God will give you what you need.

This past weekend our church hosted a lock-in/scavenger hunt/miniature golf outing for our youth. We had a great time. For the scavenger hunt there were to go to a variety of places to complete various tasks. Read below to see some of the things they got to choose from.

Family Photo (100 pts. each): You are to go to as many different churches as you can. Get your group on video with at least one member from the church. If you choose you can get a video of your group in front of the church instead for 50 pts.

Burning to get inside (500 pts.): Get a tour of a local fire station. For 100 extra points you can get a tour of a fire truck. For an additional 100 extra points (per person) you can put on a fireman’s suit.

History in the making (200 pts.): Go to a local park or church playground and re-enact an historical event. You may earn an extra 100 pts. for creativity.

The next best thing (500 pts.): Go to a local restaurant and do an interview with an employee about why their condiments are better than another restaurant’s. You may earn an extra 200 pts. by going to the other restaurant and have them do a rebuttal interview.

Sing, sing, sing (500 pts.): Go to a christian bookstore and request permission to serenade their patrons with a Christmas carol. You may also go to a coffee shop. Each one will be worth 500 pts.

Tour of duty (300 pts.): Choose a person from your group and have them give a tour of their house. To get the points, the tour must include their bedroom with all of you on their bed!

It’s time for what?!?! (200 pts.): Find a clock, in public view, and circle around it reciting the children’s nursery rhyme “Hickory, Dickory, Dock.”

Stranger things than this (1000 pts.): Request permission to go into someone’s house and get a video of all of you in the kitchen drinking a cup full of water (and washing the cups when you’re done!). This person may not be related to anyone in the group. They may be a friend or neighbor though. Speaking of washing up, you will receive an extra 500 pts. if you can get a video of all of you in their bathtub. You will get an additional 500 pts. if the owner gets in the tub with you. Other than drinking, no other water should be involved!

Bigger than, better than (one winner, 1000 pts.): Each group will be given a penny. Your goal is to trade this penny for something bigger than and better than the penny. You will then trade that object for something bigger than and better than that object. When asked why you’re doing this you can share that the love of Christ is bigger than and better than anything you will trade for all day long! The winner is the group that comes back with the biggest object.

Needless to say, we had a great time and the videos were hilarious.

Has anyone ever done something like this? What did you do?