Category Archives: 5th Quarter Party

5th Quarter Video Ideas

It’s 5th Quarter season again.  Many of you are gearing up for that 5th Quarter Party, and hoping for a great turnout from the big game.  If you need some help planning, check out this blog post and this one too.  Maybe your speaker cancelled on you, you need a back-up speaker plan, or you simply wanted to show a video this year.  Here are some video ideas that may work:


Other Ideas: 

Feel free to comment and leave video ideas that you have used in the past.  Let’s help each other make these 5th Quarter parties a success…which means seeing students meet their Savior, Jesus Christ!



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More 5th Quarter Party Ideas

Here are some ideas that may be more effective AND will save you money!

  1. 5th Quarter Party – Host Houses – The past two years, the biggest difficulty can be described in one word…TRUST.  From their parents, Sesame Street, and Bob the Builder, kids are taught about “Stranger Danger”.  So when you get a flyer to get a ride in a strange van (even though it is a church van) to a strange place (even thought it is a church), most students will decline because they don’t trust you.  So we came up with a solution to the “stranger danger” problem – host houses.  Here are the steps:  1.  Ask a set of parents to host the event at their house (one for each high school represented in your student ministry), 2.  Recruit food donations, chaperones, clean-up helpers from your church (don’t put everything on the host house!), 3.  Get the students involved in the planning – games/activities, prizes, flyers, 4.  Get guest speakers for the party- Sunday School teachers, Parachurch ministry speakers, etc.
  2. 5th Quarter Party – On the Field – In issue 3 of the Youth Minister Newsletter, Student Life has a great article how to save money in your ministry.  One great idea was to hold the 5th Quarter Party on the football field.  Here are some steps:  1.  Contact local high school A.D. and ask permission (don’t just show up), 2.  Have parents & church donate items for party, 3.  Have football themed activities, 4.  Get guest speakers for the party – Sunday School Teachers, Parachurch ministry speakers, etc. (FCA may be a good idea)

Hope this helps you save money and, more importantly, bring the gospel to the students in your area!


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5th Quarter Party Flyers

When making a 5th quarter party flyer, there are few things to consider.  Now, I am by no means a graphic designer, but here are few tips:

  1. Just the Facts – Don’t put your church’s website, size of your congregation, how many Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles Chips available, etc.  Just put the facts they need to know:  5th quarter party, time, location.
  2. Church? – You may not want to put your church name on the flyer.  No, I’m not ashamed, but they may see church as a red flag before you can even get a word out.
  3. Use the word FREE – Students like free things…really who doesn’t?  Make sure they know this party is FREE, and tell them what they could be getting.
  4. Half-sheets – Be cost effective.
  5. Students Only – Don’t let leaders hand them out.  First of all, it’s creepy to some parents to see an adult male handing out flyers to teenagers to a party.  Second, this is the student’s party, let them get people to come.
  6. Example:                                                                                                                                                  NEED SOMEWHERE TO GO AFTER THE GAME?                                                                                                                                                                                                        5th Quarter Party


(AFTER the game-Doors open at 9:30PM)

Free food & prizes

 1311 NAGEL RD.

CINCINNATI, Ohio 45255

  1. Below is a picture you can use from clipart that would work perfectly for a background.  You can get more ideas here.

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5th Quarter – Fifth Quarter Party Ideas for Youth Ministry

Here is a free, already assembled kit to build a 5th Quarter Party for your Youth Ministry:

  1. Planning
    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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Miscellaneous
    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
  5. 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
  6. Need more ideas – check out this blog article for more 5th quarter ideas!
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