Here are resources that I've put together to help you if you're running online meetings, including games to play online. We are using Zoom, a teleconferencing app. I am in no way affiliated to Zoom, nor have they approved this content.
Latest Zoom learning:
Did you know that participants can now choose their own Breakout Room? It's great to speed up the process of getting young people into rooms, but they can then choose again at any point which may annoy you! Just tick the box on Breakout Room settings. Check out Zoom learnings and safeguarding below for more stuff to make using Zoom easier with church youth groups.
Hot off the press!
(Well, WhatsApp group actually)
You can play Codenames online with a group by going here.
You can play the categories game online with a group by going here. Be aware that some of the categories may lead to distracting answers, so choose them carefully.
If you know of other online resources like this, please get in touch.
Lots of youth groups are now using the Among Us app with their groups online. If you want to know more or you're sending out information to parents, this might help.
Dave Thornton has written a hugely practical 392-page handbook as a resource for youth ministry. It's £10 to buy.
"I would recommend it to those in all leadership, not just youth work"
Jane Appleby, UK church elder
GETTING YOUNG PEOPLE INVOLVED AND LEADING
Here are some ideas of what you could use with young people online. Push it even further - get them creating and leading.
With thanks to Jimmy Dale (although any mistakes are mine). I haven't checked out the entirety of the videos/instagrams linked to, but they will give you an idea of what can be done. If you know of other resources, get in touch.
A great way to keep in contact as a small group of over-16s. Encourage young people to share life, prayer requests and Bible bits that are inspiring them.
ZOOM BIBLE STUDIES
You may be surprised who turns up for these.
READ IT, LOVE IT, LIVE IT
Make a short video:
What have you read?
Why do you love it?
How can we live it out?
YOUTH PODS AKA REALLY SMALL GROUPS
Check out Kahoot/Sidekick
Check out Twitch