Split your group into 2 teams (if you have an extremely large group or a small space, you can use more teams, but it becomes complicated). Both teams should form a line sitting down, facing the same direction, right next to each other (they should look like the roman numeral two).

Place a shoe between the people at the front of the line, with a youth staffer supervising. Each line should link hands. One student from each team at the back of the line should face backwards; everyone else should face forward and remain silent. Another youth worker sits at the back of the line with a quarter. To begin the game, they will flip the quarter. If it is tails, the students at the back of the line do nothing and the youth leader flips the quarter again; if it’s heads, they squeeze the hand of the person in front of them. Once a student feels their hand squeezed, they need to squeeze the hand of the person in front of them. When the person at the front of the line feels their hand squeezed, the hit the shoe (be sure to have them leave their hand there). Whichever team hits the shoe last sends their front person to the back of the line. However, if a team hits the shoe and the quarter landed on tails, the front person from that team must go to the back. The team whose first person at the beginning of the game winds up at the front again loses.

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Dr. Ryan Nielsen is currently the Sr. Pastor at First Baptist Church in Quincy, CA. Ryan has a long history of youth ministry experience with his call to Youth Ministry beginning in 1991 as a Freshman in College where he was hired as the Youth Pastor at Armenian Christian Fellowship of Orange County. Since that time, Ryan spent 20 years working in youth ministry in California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and also in Denmark. In 1995, he started his own youth ministry website, pastor2youth.com, which resources individuals in more than 165 countries around the world! Ryan has his B.A. In English Literature from Whittier College, his M.A. In Youth and Family Ministry from Denver Seminary, his M.Div and his Doctorate degree from Fuller Seminary. He moved to Quincy in 2011 with his wife, Christianna, who is a First Grade Teacher. Ryan married Christianna in 2005 and they adopted their two daughters, Magali and Miley in December 2010.