Here is a free, already assembled kit to build a 5th Quarter Party for your Youth Ministry:
a. Determine location – needs to be close to church, need to have students from your ministry that attend that school
b. Contact School – Find out game prices, locate home game schedule, get permission to announce party at game
c. Contact Student Organizations – FCA, Student Venture, etc. will all help you get the word out
d. Contact Speaker – while you may be capable of speaking at the event, your mind will be in a 1,000 places so you will want a speaker (Also may want a band too)
e. Food & Prizes – Begin planning food donations early, Contact local business for crowd-drawing prizes
f. Assign Youth Leaders – Assign your youth leaders to various tasks such as Food Coordinator, Prize Coordinator, Game Leaders, Etc.
g. Draw a map of your facility – Plan out where each event/game will take place
- Games & Activities
a. Produce a Mix CD – Popular Christian music mix that keep the party up
b. Quarterback/Long-snapper Challenge – Can be done with hula-hoops as targets, be creative
c. Free Pedicures – Girls need something too
d. Paper Football Tournament – How could I resist?
e. XBOX – Get the Madden ready
f. Mini-Football Game – Half the gym with cones works well – play non-contact with similar rules to “Ultimate Frisbee” but use a football instead
g. Prize Table – Use this also as your registration
- Spiritual Aspect
a. Encourage students to invite friends before game
b. At game – use flyers for students to invite friends and peers (here are some ideas on how to make the flyer)
c. Speaker must present clear gospel presentation
d. Counselors ready – After invitation of speaker have counselors ready to answer questions and provide Gospels of John or Bibles to those that made decisions
e. Follow-up – Have students follow-up too! Use myspace, facebook, email…anything to contact the students to get them to come back.
a. Make sure there is enough food for everyone that “could” attend
b. Be Advised – There will be a time restraint if you typically cut off at Midnight – most games will not finish till at least 9:30 or 10pm – SO BE ORGANIZED IN YOUR SCHEDULE
- Schedule Example:
5:00 – leaders meet with Speaker
5:15 – students arrive
5:15-45 – prayer & student training
5:45-6:00 – leave for game
6-6:15 – arrive at game
9:30 – doors open for 5th quarter
9:30-10:30 – food served & games played
10:30ish – speaker & giveaway!
11ish – invitation & counsel time
11-12ish – party time
- Need more ideas – check out this blog article for more 5th quarter ideas!