You’ve seen the t-shirt, now here’s the party! Take the t-shirt idea (read the article first) and make a party out of it. This would be a great party for Easter Week. This package provides you with the flow for the evening, along with details for games and the talk. Use this as a guide in your planning. It is our prayer that these resources will help you draw a crowd and allow you to tell the story of salvation to students you know!
What’s so good about Good Friday Party
- Pre-meeting – depending on your situation, you may have student greeters at the door, make nametags, and have snacks and punch/soft drinks as students arrive. This is free time for students to mingle, with music in the background.
- Welcome – the emcee opens up the meeting, welcomes guests and explains the ‘You’re a Life Saver’ Icebreaker Activity
- Announcements – emcee announces upcoming events, gives more info about the group that is sponsoring the meeting, and introduces the game(s).
- Game – ‘Sharps and Flats’ and/or ‘Body Piercing’
- Gospel Presentation w/ testimony
- Comment Cards
- Wrap up by emcee, more music, snacks, free time
Ice Breaker / Game Activities
You’re a Life Saver An old stand by – divide students into teams and give each team a roll of LifeSavers candy and give each student a toothpick. Each student puts the toothpick in his/her mouth. The first person in line takes the first LifeSaver and puts it on their toothpick. They then pass it to the next person’s toothpick without using their hands. When the second person has passed the candy to the third person, person #1 passes a second LifeSaver to #2 and continues the process. The relay is to pass the entire roll of LifeSavers down the line. Award a prize for the first team to finish.
Sharps and Flats Create some sort of contest (e.g. trivia about Easter, things in your group, questions about student or adult leaders, etc.) that results in the winner (‘S/he’s sharp’) getting a chance to throw a dart at a target that has small slips of paper on it. One the back of the paper is the prize they win if they pierce it. If someone either misses the question (or misses the target), they ‘fall flat.’
Body Piercing Each student gets the same number of wooden clothespins (the kind with the metal spring). The competition is for each student to ‘pierce’ the others by attaching his/her clothespins to other students – to their clothing, ears, noses, etc. Award a prize for the first one finished or to the top 3. An alternate idea is to have a representative from each class (or school) come up front and see how many clothespins they can attach to their face (ears, lips, nose) in a certain period of time.
Gospel Presentation Ideas At some point in the talk portion of the meeting, you will want to have a testimony, either by the speaker or by a student. It is sometimes awkward to have a student share about their relationship with God and then have a talk begin with discussion/feedback questions. I would suggest either weaving the testimony into the talk or having it come near the end, as outlined below.
To open the talk, ask students a few topical, non-threatening questions and get student responses. Some suggestions:
What is the weirdest piercing you’ve ever seen? The most painful looking?
What is the most elaborate piercing you’ve seen? The most expensive?
What would your parents say if you were to announce you wanted your (lip, eyebrow, tongue, navel, etc) pierced? What would your friends say?
Why do people you know have piercings at all?
How do you respond to people w/ a lot of piercings? How have you seen others respond?
“So why are we talking about piercings at all? You know the topic tonight is “Body Piercing Saved My Life.” It’s almost Easter. We hear a lot, as we should, about Jesus’ death on the cross. We know His body was pierced. But what does that mean to you? What does that mean to me? What real difference does it make? To answer those questions, we have to go back a little bit…”
(The remaining part of the talk is simply an exposition of the 4 points in a Gospel presentation like Connecting With God. After the introduction above, start by explaining with Scripture and illustrations about the fact that God exists and created us to know Him personally. That’s point one. Then, explain with Scripture and illustrations that each of us is sinful and can’t have that relationship with God as a result. That’s point two. For point three, expound on the sacrifice Christ made to provide the way for us to have the relationship with God for which we were created. In order to discuss fully the idea of the piercing of Christ’s body, make reference to the information contained in “The Passion of Christ from a Medical Point of View” by C. Truman Davis, M.D., M.S. This will help more vividly illuminate the references you make to the Scriptural passages that describe the Crucifixion.)
“But, does this stuff really make a difference? I want to promise you that it does. In fact, there’s someone here who wants to tell you just how much of a difference it makes.”
(Student testimony here… Then, begin to wrap up by outlining the fourth point…)
“As (student) shared, the way this all works together is that we must each make an individual decision to apply the truth of what happened on the cross to our own sin problem, by faith. It’s been said, “there are three things you gotta know and one thing you gotta do.” Tonight, some of you may be hearing these things for the first time. Many of you may have been surprised by the details of what Jesus experienced on the cross, but you are familiar with the first three points – God loves you, but you’re separated from Him by sin and that Jesus paid the price for that sin. But maybe you’ve never acted on those 3 points. You know the “three things you gotta know” but you haven’t done the “one thing you gotta do.” “Whether this is new information for you or whether you’ve heard it before but it now makes sense to you, you know what you have to do to have the relationship with God you were created to have.”
(Offer the students a chance to respond, making them aware of what it means to respond in faith and how they can express their faith to God through prayer. After giving them the chance to trust Christ, close the talk by guiding them through filling out the comment cards. Then have the emcee come back to close the meeting and offer snacks, free time, make announcement reminders, etc.)