Youth group games are always one-part fun, one-part disaster. After all, what’s the point of crazy competition if it isn’t going to scar you for life? This week on Twitter, we asked our RELEVANT audience what’s the craziest youth group game you played growing up, and you did not hold back.
Fire hot potato. What could go wrong.
So we would soak a 3 pack of tennis balls in gasoline. Then we’d light them on fire and play hot potato. It wasn’t exactly “sanctioned” by the church, but all the YG leaders played.
— Adam Welty. (@adam_welty) March 31, 2022
What kind of church did you go to, Mandy?
the one where you pretend to be living in a communist country and have to get from one person's house to the church without getting caught by all the church dads who are dressed up as bad guys.
— Mandy Smith (@MandySmithHopes) April 1, 2022
This church took the phrase “got milk?” a little too far.
I think the statute of limitations is up on this, but in the 90’s there was a competition where you would have to drink a gallon of milk in an hour and whoever kept it down the longest won. No one really won.
— ChurchTechTalk (@churchtechtalk) April 1, 2022
This should be a requirement at all Thanksgiving dinners.
Turkey Bowling! Line the hallway with a tarp, dish soap it up and bowl with a raw, frozen turkey. Highest youth attendance night of the year.
— TandyTheDragon (@the_tandy) March 31, 2022
Right this way, officers.
I once had my students make pb & JJ’s with their feet then feed them to each other 😁
— Dr. Jeffrey M. Luchun (@JMLuchun) March 31, 2022
There were so many disgusting and unnecessary steps in this game…
The one at camp where you had dirty, muddy socks, traded one with a friend, and then had to slide it over a can of coke and chug it. Happy to say, I stopped all dehumanizing games in youth group once I became the pastor!
— Benjamin Spears (@SpearsBenjamin) March 31, 2022
“We need a new youth group game. Hmmm, what’s the worst thing you could think of?” – every youth pastor
Bobbing for apples in a tub of mayonnaise
— Robbie S. (@OfficialRobbie) March 31, 2022
This is actual really creative. Gross, but creative.
"booger ball" had to be the most wild. imagine jailbreak from elementary PE but with a giant plastic nose filled with smelly, velcro-laden balls. object is to get kids out or take out "the nose." played in a fellowship hall, took out 3 folding tables in a (failed) leaping dodge.
— Brendan Spencer (@BS_nerd) March 31, 2022
This can’t be real. We simply refuse to believe it.
Eating tapioca and butterscotch pudding out of a diaper
— dj tenEightyP (@djteneightyp) March 31, 2022
Was there supposed to be some sort of spiritual lesson here or do youth pastors just like seeing how far kids will go before they revolt.
Hear me out… Relay race where you had to piggy back a team member across the room, they took a mouthful of pop from a 2 litre bottle, got carried back across the room and spit it into a bowl. Then the next people went. pic.twitter.com/AS2DXhddwd
— Stephen Uchacz 🇺🇦 (He/Him) (@SMUchacz) March 31, 2022
This is not biblical. Too much feet content. It’s getting weird.
Youth group hosted a party after the Homecoming dance. Guys had to feed their dates nachos WITH THEIR FEET. 🤢
— Emily Mathews (@EmilyAnnLoves) March 31, 2022
Had us in the first half, not gonna lie…
Steal the bacon but with real raw bacon
— Therese Tatlow ❄️ (@unodostherese82) March 31, 2022
Food for thought: There are no winners here.
Tube of death: a clear, flexible tube would be filled with raw eggs, hot sauce, ketchup, pickle juice, and other nasty liquids. Then two people would stand on each end and blow. Whoever got sprayed with the deadly concoction was the loser. pic.twitter.com/onFkbXqAy7
— Adam is in 2022nooze: takin’ it easy (@adammccoyjones) March 31, 2022
At least there were no feet involved.
Drinking a blended happy meal. 🤢
— Tyler Calabro (@Tyler_Calabro) March 31, 2022
Yep, this one’s a classic. If you didn’t swallow a goldfish in youth group, did you even youth group?
I’m not sure the game, but I swallowed a goldfish. (A real one) pic.twitter.com/oNl8WGRfr5
— Nick Schonlau ☕️ (@gisbuxfan) March 31, 2022
You know a church takes its end times theology seriously when they make it into a hide and seek game.
A friend of mine used to play “end times” in his youth group. It was kind of like hide and go seek but it was the “law enforcement” trying to find the Christians in hiding to make them denounce their faith. 😳
— David Barringer (@pdbarringer) March 31, 2022
God gives His quietest battles to His loneliest soldiers.
My first year in youth group, one of the first evenings was a Survivor-themed night…and when my team lost, I got voted out first. I had to sit in the sanctuary by myself for the rest of the evening. Not great for my 14 year old self esteem. pic.twitter.com/CxekI7caZd
— Rebecca Wettlaufer (@REWettlaufer) March 31, 2022
P- pig’s blood?!?!?
Fear Factor. My youth group leader was obsessed with the show and brought pigs blood to drink as the dare. I sat that game out, and was told I wasn’t modeling good Christian behavior because I didn’t participate 🙃🐷 pic.twitter.com/EKphP4mlUM
— Gen (@genbutnotz) March 31, 2022
We’re speechless. But John has the right response.
Oh no. It better have been the sweet, sweet word of God.
— John Miller (@JohntheMiller) March 31, 2022