I know it can be hard coming up with youth group lessons, especially when you do it each and every week. You want to make sure you are teaching a lesson they can learn from while keeping their attention. If you can’t keep their attention or they would prefer to be somewhere else, we as teachers aren’t doing our job.
Thankfully, there are many people and websites that know exactly how we feel and offer free bible lessons for youth groups and even games to go along with those lessons. As I looked through several websites, I came across a few ideas that I’d like to pass along to you.
Even though the youth group lessons I’ve added below are yours to use as you please, you should still think of your church youth group kids and figure out your own unique ways to use the ideas below. No two youth groups are the same and no one knows your kids better than you do. Some kids are more interactive than others while some would prefer to sit and do as little as possible. Play to their strengths.
Youth Group Lessons
I chose this bible lesson because many of our kids struggle daily with what is right and why it is right. So many times, children that are raised in Christian homes know what they are supposed to do or how they should act, but they don’t understand why.
This lesson is designed to help teach the kids that they do the right things, not only because mom, dad, the Sunday school teacher, or the pastor told them too, but because their hearts should be devoted to Christ. We do the right things because we love God, not just because we are told to.
It is extremely important for the kids to understand the ‘why’ part of doing what is right.
Begin by reading this verse:
Psalm 51:10 KJV
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
The first thing we need is a clean heart. Not only do we need to ask Jesus to come into our hearts to be our Lord and Savior, but our hearts should be clean and pure.
Children and adults alike should to to church, read their bible, and pray. But why?
Many people do this out of routine. They get up on Sunday morning, get ready and head to church. While at church, they occupy a seat and listen to the preacher. They may even join in during the singing, but are they there because they think they should be or are they there because they love God and desire to grow closer to Him, to learn about Him, to please Him, to worship Him?
When you’re sitting in church, are you wishing it would hurry up and be over so you could go home or are you taking in every word and the time flies?
Have children think about when they go to school or are around their friends. Maybe they try not to laugh when someone calls someone a name, or maybe they don’t to cuss, or talk about people, or yell at someone, or get mad at the teacher, well, the list could go on and go.
The main point you’ll want to get across is this – “Why don’t you do these things?”
More than likely the answers you’ll receive will be something like this…
- my parents told me not too
- God doesn’t want me too
- it don’t make me feel good
- I try not to do those things
- my Sunday school teacher taught me about it
- and so on
But, I’ll be surprised if any say, “Because I love God so much, I want to please him or I want to put Christ above all else.” Just like the second part of the verse above says, …renew a right spirit within me, we need God to help us have the kind of spirit in us that he wants us to have.
We can’t do it alone. We NEED God’s help and He wants to help us.
This is a great time to talk to the kids about prayer. There is no better way to gain a better relationship with God than through prayer. If you asked every child in your church youth group to pray, most every child will have a quick prayer that they pray each time they bow their head.
We need to teach kids how to pray. How do we do that? First, by setting a good example. Second, by consistently reminding them that a prayer is a time when they should “talk” to God. Kids should tell God about their day, especially all the things that are bothering them and thanking Him for the wonderful things He has done. Kids have so many worries and concerns at an early age, we would have a hard time understanding them all, but God does.
Stress the importance of prayer and not ‘repeated’ prayer. When we repeat the same prayer each time we pray, we lose the closeness with God that is so vital in our growing relationship with him.
Games for Youth Group
Games for youth groups don’t have to be elaborate, just fun. This game goes along with the above youth group lessons.
What you’ll need:
- plastic spoons
- cotton balls
- plastic cups (8 or 16 ounce size)
How to play:
Divide the kids up into 2 to 4 groups depending on the size of your church youth group. Give the first two players a spoon and a cotton ball. Decide how far you’ll want the kids to walk balancing the cotton balls on the spoon before dropping the cotton ball into the cup. You’ll also need to decide how much time will be on the clock (or until each child goes once or twice) and if they kids will have to start again if they drop the cotton ball.
When you say go, each kid holds the spoon handle while balancing the cotton ball in the spoon as they race to the cup to drop the cotton ball in. They will then run back to the line so the next child can go. The game will continue until all the children have went or until the time runs out.
The team who finishes first wins.
If you have smaller children, you may just want to let them play the game and not pick a winner.
Point of the Game
The cotton balls represent our new hearts, all clean and white. We need to be careful what we say and do our lives, just like we have to be careful not to drop the cotton ball. We also have a goal to strive for (the cup). As we travel through life, we are constantly working to reach our goal. Our goal is serving God with a pure heart of love, not because we are told to.
God wants us to willingly serve Him, not to do it ‘just because someone told us to’.
Note: I hope you enjoy these youth group lessons and will share it with the kids in your church youth group. God has given us the opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives and it is up to us to use it and do all we can for Him.
God bless you!