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Airplane Crash Simulation Night

We’re glad to provide you with effective programs, games, events, discussions, and ideas! Whether you are a volunteer, a youth leader, a youth pastor, or the Pope, you can use these practical tools to help your ministry.

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Purpose: To help students think about eternal things rather than temporary things

Scripture Backing: Matthew 7:24-27

Set up your room like an airplane. Rows of seats with an isle down the middle. Use whatever resources you have- a bus would be great, but a room with a bunch of chairs will work just as good. Have stewardess’ bring peanuts, drinks, magazines etc. Jazz it up as much as you like. After take-off, have the pilot announce trouble- then announce that the plane will be crashing in 10 minutes.

Pass everyone out a piece of paper and a pen. Have them write a letter to their families. Keep announcing how much time they have left. Have a stewardess come around and collect them to put in a fireproof box with 1 minute left.

Simulate the crash. Some people have actually acquired flight crash simulations- others have used scenes from old Airport movies.

Then take volunteers who want to share their letters with everyone. Pass them back and allow several students to read them aloud.

Wrap Up: Did this crash make you think about things you wish you would have done or wish you would have said. Most people didn’t say that they wished they watched more T.V. or worked harder at making money- most people thought about the relationships they have and the relationships they need to work on. For some of us, the relationship we need to work on the most is our relationship with God.

Close: Tell modern day version of the House on the Rock. Ask “What are you building your life on . . . temporary things, or things that last?”


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; 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.

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