||Jonathan's Resource Ezine
Weekly Resources, Ideas and Articles from The Source for Youth Ministry
Tuesday, May 7, 2002
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MIXERS: Quick Games That Get Students Interactin' With Each Other
another mixer besides BARNYARD or FIND SOMEONE WHO?? Well Judy from Young Life
just sent me a bunch of SIMPLE and effective mixers that you can use for the
next couple of months!
CAUTION: Many of these mixers could lead
you into temptation to break JONATHAN'S SEVEN DEADLY SINS of GAME LEADING!? Read
or review "THE SEVEN" with this link:? http://www.thesource4ym.com/games/deadly.asp
Let's not waste time . . . here's a bunch, courtesy of Young
Toe Fencing Mixer:
Here's a wild mixer, and if it's set
to music, it looks like a new kind of dance. (great up front game- entertaining
the rest)? All the players pair off, lock hands, and try to tap the top of one
of their partner's feet with their own feet.? In other words, one player tries
to step on the other player's foot while their hands are clasped.? Of course,
since players are also trying to avoid having their feet stepped on, they are
all hopping around the floor in a frantic dance.? When a player has had his foot
tapped three times, he is out of the game, and the winning partner challenges
another winner.? The game continues until only one person is left (or until the
music runs out).
People Scavenger Hunt Mixer
Good game for a
crowd or audience.? Divide the crowd into three or four teams, each section with
a captain.? The game leader calls out certain characteristics.....blue eyes,
likes to snowboard, has a 4.0, has red hair, etc.? The captain of each team must
quickly try to bring someone with that characteristic up to leader.? First one
to do so wins that round.? Keep score and play to 5 or 10.
Try to get everyone else's socks off while keeping yours on.
(Sometimes the most simple games are the best!)
Get an even amount of students and staff in the room.? (Add your
staff as needed to make the number even.)? Students and staff mingle to music
and shake hands.? When the music stops, everyone must find another person and
shake hands.? The leader calls out a question they must ask of whomever they are
shaking hands.? Use fun and serious questions.
What is your favorite pizza?
2.? What is your favorite kind of weather and
3.? If you could go anywhere on a vacation for a week, where would you
4.? What would you do with $1,000 dollars cash right now?
5.? Share a
moment in your life where you remember being the most happy.
6.? Share a
moment in your life where you were really sad.
Hint: you can use questions
that will kick off that night's discussion.
Human Knots Mixer
Separate the group into small circles.? Everyone grabs the hand of a
person not standing next to them. The first team to untangle back into a circle
wins.? (I've never tried this- but it sounds cool.? Try it with a few friends or
staff before springing it on the students!)
Everyone gets a length of string.? Each string is the same length as one
other person in the room. Students have to match up with their partner.
Hint: Use this as a discussion starter.? Once matched, you can ask a question
for the partners to discuss.
Paper Plate Musical Chairs Mixer
Have paper plates scattered throughout the room.? When the music stops,
everyone must be touching the plate.? If they are not, then they are out.? Take
out more plates every time.
Shuffle The Deck Mixer
everyone a playing card as they come in.? During the mixer call out different
combinations that they have to form a group with.? Example: four of a kind, a
flush, two pairs, etc.
ARCHIVE ARTICLES COMPLETE! Past Articles to Help Your Ministry
Many of you have asked me about past newsletters
and resources we have sent out to youth workers.? Some of you have been
subscribers of this newsletter for years now and have caught many of the past
newsletters.? But we've had 1,000 new subscribers alone since THE SOURCE
launched it's new site in February, just a few months ago.
we're finally caught up.? There are over 100 past EZINE newsletters, all the way
back from when we were all recovering from Y2K fears. (Anyone want to buy a
generator?)? So check out the EZINE archive page at the link below or at the
ARTICLE ARCHIVES button on THE SOURCE's main page.
Here's just a few of
the articles you'll find on the archive page:
YOUTH SPECIALTIES TRAINING: A Worthwhile Experience
you have heard me talk about Youth Specialties conferences or training
opportunities.? Well, this last weekend I had the privilege of leading the
veteran track of Youth Specialties' THE CORE training in California.? We had
about 700 youth workers at this location . . . and to quote our students . . .
it was "off the hook!"? (That means "good," for all you in Oklahoma!)
It was not only a great training, it was an excellent place to pick up
some cutting edge youth ministry resources.? If you haven't attended THE CORE,
there are a few sessions left, including one this weekend in Canton, MI with
Laurie Polich (a great speaker and author) and one in Glendale CA, with Mark
Oestreicher (another great speaker . . . but lousy golfer!)
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!God Bless!
If you have any other youth
ministry ideas you want to share, please email me
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next camp or retreat?
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