Black Light Bash
For this black light event, buy any game supplies you need, a bunch of glow sticks and five to ten dark t-shirts for an object lesson.
Play games under a “black light,” like Hockey, Capture The Flag, Dodge Ball, or anything; it doesn't matter. It's just fun to play under the black light, especially if people wear white. Here are some of the specific black light games from our web site:
- Glow-in-the-Dark Dodgeball (Click Here)
- Black Light Basketball (Click Here)
- Black Light Dodgeball (Click Here)
- Black Light Volleyball (Click Here).
After the games are done, bring everyone together.
An Object Lesson:
Ahead of time, break open a glow stick for each of your four or five dark t-shirts and write the name of a sin on the back of it (ex. drug abuse, disrespecting authority, stealing, swearing, lying, lust, premarital sex, gossip).
Pre-select some student leaders up front to don the new “black light” wear. Have it so their backs are facing away from the audience and the audience doesn't see what's written on the back of the shirts. Say something like, “We just brought these models in from Norway to show you our fashionable new T-shirt line. The model agency says that these models are good people. I just had to take their word for it. I mean, it's not like we wear our sins on our shirts, right?”
Have the students “model” them on a mock runway or stage, or just through the center of the room. Have them walk out through the center of the audience with the lights normal (you can see the writing a little bit), but then when the first model turns to go back to the stage, switch to your black lights so the kids can see the back of the shirts as they walk back toward the stage. Have the “models” stop and strike a pose when back on the stage, with their backs (and the writing) facing the audience. You'll have the black lights on now and everyone will see their “sin.” (Note: this only works if you have the black lights hung and rigged pretty well and all lighting can be controlled from the back. You don't want someone following the kids around with a black light- it just sends a totally different message- like we're trying to expose their sins.) In other words, TEST IT FIRST!
Have the models exit the stage (then you can have them change out of the shirts).
I don't know about you, but there have been some times in my life that I'm glad my sin wasn't written on my shirt for all to see. Wow. That's pretty embarrassing. But let's be honest, no matter how private our sin is, there's someone who always sees it. Let's break up into small groups, and then afterward weÕll come back together for a final word.
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Small Group Questions:
- AROUND THE CIRCLE: (a light opening question to warm up the group) Before we get started, let's go around the circle and everyone quickly share their favorite thing to do on the weekend.
- ASK A FEW: We just saw a bizarre fashion show. What were some of the sins we saw written on people's backs.
- ASK A FEW: What are sins?
- ASK A FEW: What are some of the “sins” that you think are common in the teenage world today?
- ASK SOMEONE: Which of these sins does God NOT see? (The answer is none–He sees them all.)
- ASK A FEW: So why do you think that people try to hide sins from God or pretend that He doesn't see them?
Sin is just a word for “when we do things our way instead of God's way. He's laid out a great plan for us, but we try to do things our own way. That's sin.
Read the following two verses:
1 John 1:8-9 (NLT)
If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth.  But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.
Small Group Wrap Up:
Let's close in prayer. And as I pray, maybe there are some of us in this group that have something to confess or talk about more. I encourage you, if that's you, stick around and talk with me or one of the staff tonight. PRAY
Idea by Brandon Swonger
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.