Back in the summer we changed the name of our open youth club after running a competition with the young people. The winning entry (by majority vote) was TNT: Thursday Night Thriller.
We’re also thinking about rebranding our children’s work here at the church and it got me thinking about names. Over the years I’ve heard some amazing names for youth groups. Churches often go with quite predictable (and cheesy) names that have some kind of spiritual significance. Fire is a common theme with names like Ignite, Enflame, Firestarters, etc.
Quite possibly the best name I have ever heard was SWITCH. I thought it was reasonably catchy until I was told what it stood for: Sundays, Wednesdays In The Church Hall! Genius!
So what are the best and worst youth group names that you’ve heard? There must be loads out there…
Bad youth group names are coming in thick and fast on Twitter:
- @Mikey_Oldfield says “A youth group I ran in Eastbourne was called TNT as well. Stood for Tuesday Night Team. Much better than the previous ‘Club One’.”
- @FonaFriend says “my school CU was called SCUM (School Christian Union Meeting…plus based on ‘we are the scum of the earth!) That was pretty bad!”
- @Justinvj says “the worst i would have to say is youth N Action.”
- @JamieCutter says “Our older group I inherited was called ‘D2’ (discipleship2 we think) we started a younger version- R2. Yes, R2D2”
A couple more here:
- @RosieMumford says “remember JIG? Jesus is Good! That was a corker!”
- @bobweasel says “and IG (into God)!”
Some people have shared on Facebook.
- Steph says “KAOS… Krazy and otherwise saved. Gulp!”
- Suzi says “COVENANTERS”
- Sarah says “Maranatha -hey this was the early 80’s xxx”
People are still sharing their bad group names…
- Sue on Facebook says “My kiddies were part of Cliffy Cliff and The Funky Bunch!”
- @RachWarwick says “we had LEGO (Learning & Experiencing God in Others)”