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Do You Love Your Neighbor
You need chairs for this game. Have everyone sit in a circle. There should be one less seat than there are people, and the extra person stands in the middle. The person standing approaches someone who is seated and asks him, "Do you love your neighbor?" The seated person can answer two ways. If he says, "No," then the people seated directly next to him have to switch seats as quickly as possible so that the standing person doesn't get one. If he says, "Yes," he must add a qualify statement such as, "But I don't like people who have blue eyes." Anyone who matches the description must get up and find a different seat. Whoever is left standing is then the "asker"(The source for Youth Ministries).


This is a simple game that tests kids ability to think fast. Divide into teams (usually divide into girls and guys for good competition). Yell out a word that is commonly found in songs (love, road, river, girl, baby, need…. .). The teams must sing a song in unison (together) using that word. The first team to do it wins a point. Play as long as they like it (The source for Youth Ministries)

One Body, Many Parts

Throughout the night we have had a lot fun playing all kinds of games and having a great time getting to know each other. We all have had the chance to get involved in the fun and games tonight. And that is the way it should always be with our lives. Everyone has the right to have fun and get involved.

When we think about it God gives everyone the opportunity to play a part in his kingdom. In 1 Corinthians 12:12 Paul writes: “The Body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.”

Jesus loves everyone and cares for them enough to give them a part in the His kingdom. We all got know one another tonight and through that we learn different things about each other showing how we each are different. Tonight in the games we played you had a lot of teams and everyone had a certain part in that team. Each team was a body and each of you was a part of that body.

Tonight some of you aren’t in that body of Christ and want to be part of what he is doing. Some of you are wondering what part God wants you in. Jesus wants you tonight to join His wonderful Kingdom that he wants you to participate in and have your own special part in the body of Christ. Come join the Body of Christ. Jesus knows who you are and knows your strengths and most of all your weaknesses and he still loves you and wants to allow you to play a part in the work of his kingdom.

Works Cited

Fun and Games. Game Directory. 14 April 2003.
The source for Youth Ministry. Games and Ice Breakers. 14 April 2003.
Gerri Horton

THEME: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream

Game # 1

Ice Cream Flavors Upset

This game can be played with any number of people, usually inside. The entire group sits in a circle with one less chair than there are people. The extra person stands in the middle. Everyone is secretly assigned the name of an ice-cream flavor.

The person in the middle begins by naming several ice-cream flavors, then yelling “Go”- and the people named with those flavors must change chairs.

At the same time, the person in the middle also tries to get one of the vacant chairs. The person who fails to get a chair is then the one in the middle and repeats the process.

The person in the middle can also call out “Ice-cream Flavors Upset!” at which time everyone must exchange chairs. Make sure the chairs are sturdy!

The Ideas Library, Games for Youth Groups, page 67

Game # 2

Cherry Toss

Teams appoint one kid who is the “tosser.” He gets a bag of cherries. The rest of the team gets in a circle around him. The tosser is in the middle. He must toss cherries to everyone on his team, one at a time, and each team member must catch the cherry in his or her mouth. The first team to go around their circle (the whole team) wins.

The ideas library, Games for Youth groups, page 73


Game # 3

Human Banana Split

First you divide them into groups; they can be small or large depending on how many kids you have. When they are divided in their groups you tell them that they are making a banana split, and that everyone in their group has to be something found in a banana split. There has to be scoops of ice cream, slices of banana, cherries, chocolate syrup, whipped topping, and anything else that might be found on a banana split. The one that finishes the fastest and has everything you ask for, wins. This game can vary depending on the amount of people you have.

Saw it on a T.V. game show

Game # 4
Ice cream Surprise

For this game you have balloons on the wall and in each balloon you have a name of a topping for ice cream (ex. mustard, baby food, Tabasco sauce, chocolate syrup, caramel, mayonnaise)written on a piece of paper. For this game you would need a certain number of volunteers for however many toppings you have. You give each of the players an equal amount of ice cream then they pop a balloon that has their topping in it. Everyone waits for everyone to pop their balloon and get their topping. When that is finished they all start eating their ice cream with their yucky or yummy topping. The first one who finishes wins!!!
Reality Youth Group, Westwood Christian Fellowship, Weatherford TX, Youth pastor : Shawn Brann

Game # 5

Banana Splits in the Mouth

Recruit four hungry volunteers. Two people stand up in chairs while the other two lie in the floor. The people in the chairs try to make a banana split in the other person’s mouth by dropping ice cream, syrup, banana, nuts, whipping cream, and finally a cherry into the person’s mouth.

Fun options: You could have the people in the chair blindfolded. Alternate people in the chair with the people on the floor. Payback time.

Games: The Source for youth Ministry


Game # 6

The Ice Cream Feud

Before the game take a survey of Ice cream questions. Get the players into two teams with five players on each team. Instead of the family Feud it will be the Ice Cream Feud. Have the first two players come up and after you ask them a question about Ice Cream they have to beat the other player to an answer. The team of the one that answers that question correctly gets control. All the players of that team guess the answers to one of the surveys. This goes on until they guess them all or get three strikes. If they get three strikes the other team gets control. The team with the most points at the end wins.

The Family Feud, T.V.
Icebreaker # 1
Yeah or Nah

This is a fun, quick icebreaker game. Students divide into two teams. Students pop up and tell you “yeah” or “nah” to the answer of a question, whether it is correct or not. One point for the team for each correct answer. These questions will have to do with Ice Cream.


  1. Arabs and Chinese were the first ones who invented ice cream?


  1. Chocolate is the most popular flavor?

Nah Vanilla

  1. The first Ice Cream factory was created in 1851?


  1. President Bush had a bill of $2oo last summer on Ice cream?

Nah George Washington

  1. The favorite topping is chocolate syrup?


  1. The biggest ice cream sundae ever made was 12 feet high and made with 4,667 gallons of ice cream and 7,000 pounds of toppings in California during 1985?


  1. Ice cream is a $10 billion retail industry?

Nah $11 billion

  1. Adults consume nearly one-half of all ice cream novelties?


  1. Ice cream novelties such as ice cream on sticks and ice cream bars were introduced in the 1950’s?

Nah 1920’s

  1. 60% of the world’s Vanilla Bean used for ice-cream is grown in Madagascar?

Nah 80 %


Questions from Miscellaneous Facts

Ice Breaker # 2

The Melting Point

Break up in groups of about 8. Have them get in a circle. Everyone in that group has to tell something about themselves. For a time limit and for a little extra fun give each of the groups a piece of ice. Everyone in the group must say something about themselves while the ice cube is in their hand. If the ice melts before everyone in the group says something they are out. The group that does it in the fastest time and without the ice melting WINS!

Ice Breaker # 3

Human Lines

Have everyone line up according to their favorite ice cream. Have each person introduce the person on their left to the whole youth group. Allow two minutes for the participants to gather information before starting the introductions.


Ice Breaker # 4

Take As Much As You Think You’ll Need

To begin, the leader passes around the bag of M & M’s. Each person is given the instructions to “take as much as you think you will need.” No further instructions are given until each person has received their candy.

Once everyone has some, the first person begins by telling one thing about themselves for each M&M they have taken. When the first person has finished, you move on to the next person in the group. As an interesting twist, and to be sure that you find out some different information on each person, you may give each color a different meaning or category.


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