Outreach Agendas, Topical Curriculum

First Week of Your Program

Main Point:
Bring students in, show em' a great time and introduce your group!


  • New person forms and pens

  • 2 candles in holders

  • 2 cold ginger ales or mountain Dew's

  • 2 lighters

  • 1 box of twinkies

  • Dodgeballs (if you play)

Students Arrive:
  • make them feel welcome

  • learn names and interests

  • give new people a New Person Form

Bring it Together: (about 15 minutes after start time)
“Hey, glad to see you all here. Welcome to INSERT NAME OF YOUTH GROUP!”

Introduce New People:
Give students a Blow-pop, Skittles, or Snickers bar, etc.

Youth Challenge:
Twinkie stuff- Two people, one at a time or simultaneously, eat as many twinkies as possible in two minutes or less.

Announcements: upcoming activities, events

Games: You can use the up front game and the group game(s) below or check out our games page (CLICK HERE).

Candle Blow/Gingerale Drink-
two people sitting very close (knee to knee) in chairs facing each-other compete to drink a full container of gingerale. They have a candle (which they can never let go of) in their left hand resting on their left knee, and a lighter and a gingerale in front of them. They may only drink the gingerale when the candle is lit. They may blow out the other persons candle but they cannot touch any of the other person's supplies. The winner is the person who can finish their gingerale first when their candle is lit.

if you move your candle off your left knee, you lose!
if you touch the other person's candle, you lose!
if you touch the other person's gingerale, you lose!
if you touch the other person's lighter, you lose!
you must find the balance between drinking and blowing your opponents candle

Ro Sham Bo Train
Everybody grabs a partner and does a “rock-paper-scissors” (ro sham bo) competion. The loser gets behind the winner and puts their hands on their shoulders (forming a train). The person in front of that two-person train ro-sham-bo's with another train. The loser gets behind. Soon you'll have huge trains following each other until you finally have one person in front that won every competition. (Staff have to help watch out for cheaters)

This game starts out like tag. As soon as “it” tags the first person, that person has to join (lock elbows, hold hands, whatever) “it”. Now “it” is two people. As “it” tags people- it gets bigger. Go until only one person is left.


Wrap Up:

  • Thanks for coming

  • Ton's of fun stuff coming up that we hope you can come to

“For those of you that are new to our youth group, we are here for you guys. We want you to have a place to come, be heard and express yourself. We'll always have a great time- sometimes we'll talk about things that are important to you- like friendship, family, and the choices you make in life and how they effect you- and we're here for you to help you if you want it. Sometimes these talks will lead to discussions about God. . . and that's okay. Each of our staff believe in God and have a relationship with him. Don't worry- that doesn't mean anything funky- we won't pound on your head with Bible's or make you sell flowers in airports or anything; we just think a relationship with God is very important and if you would like to ask us about that we'd love to talk to you about that. But most of all we're here for you and we're gonna have a blast this year- starting next week for free root beer floats- we're gonna hand out fliers right now so you can bring your friends next week. Everybody gets free root beer floats.

See you next week!!!”


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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