Relationships

Father – Daughter Dinner

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We have had great success with a Father-Daughter Dinner. We send out formal invitations to the girls inviting her and her father. Then we put together a formal diner, complete with china dinnerware and catered dinner. Before dinner we have a photographer there to take pictures of the fathers and daughters and a time to chat. After the dinner we generally have a speaker. We have had college girls talk to the fathers, adolescent girls talk to the fathers, and even fathers talking to the girls for speakers. It has become an event that the girls enjoy and look forward to each year.

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First Sunday Dinners

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At every group I have been a part of, I implement First Sunday Dinners. This is where I get a different family to host a dinner on the 1st Sunday of the month. This is a TOTAL fellowship night. We break bread together and hang out. The kids seem to love it, and it helps to bring parents into the mix and give them a feeling of being a part of the ministry! It works!!!

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Fishbowl Fellowship

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A.K.A. – Four-by-Four Fellowship. This idea works great for full families (possibly better) as well as the youth. It’s simple. On a designated day each child/family writes their name on a small piece of paper given to them upon arriving. A fishbowl is passed among the congregation, similar to the passing of communion or the offering plates. Each child/family places their paper in the fishbowl, and then it is passed again. This time the papers are drawn out. If the child/family pulls their name they just try again. Then, they have a certain amount of time to arrange an event with the name they drew. This could be as complex as dinner at their home or as simple as getting together at the church to play games. The idea is to promote fellowship, but not embarass anyone about money or the appearance of their home, so it’s up to them. We usually use a time period of about two months just because of how hectic schedules can be. Those families that are not able to attend can pre-arrange to have their names added. Of course, this means that each child/family will be responsible for connecting with someone as well as someone will connect with them. It’s great fun and there are so many possibilities. Then in that two months or so, do it again!!!

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For Parents Only

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Have youth put on a Parents-Only Car Wash. Schedule a Sunday afternoon to hold the carwash at your church. One week before the car wash, have kids create car wash coupons and deliver them to their parents. Then on the day of the wash, have kids wash any parent’s car who brings in the coupon. Don’t take any donations. Let this be an opportunity for kids to give something to their parents – no strings attached.

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Formal Fellowship Banquet

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Make formal invitations and invite the youth to join you in dress clothes. Make a formal dinner in courses and have a little play or some short skits preformed by some of the youth. Have a theme for your dinner just to make it more interesting. For instance A Night With The Lord…or even decorate like they are at the pearly gates waiting to get in. My idea was to eat dinner while some youth are preforming and then having the youth go through the pearly gates for a bible study on Revelation or even on how to be saved so that one day they can really walk through the pearly gates.

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Friendship Questionnaire

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Many young persons first attend a youth group with feelings of apprehension and timidity…To promote each young person’s self-confidence and to better facilitate conversation with his/her group members, a questionnaire is distributed to the class…generally at it’s initial meeting or shortly thereafter. On the questionnaire are items asking the usual, i.e. height, hair color, eye color, etc…but when favorite class in school, least favorite class, favorite movie, book, musical performer(s), activities in which the person is involved, if they had the ability to change the world, they’d___________, things tend to get interesting! All kinds of questions can be asked to provide a bridge for others to use in finding congruence among one another’s interests. The neat twist is:
After all of the forms are handed in, a person who is a cartoonist does a three-foot high caricature of the respondent, ALWAYS FLATTERING, and it is then posted on a divider in the Jr./Sr. High meeting room.

The cartoon “tells” all of the information given on the questionnaire, via a “balloon” from the cartoon figure’s mouth. (Check any strip in a newspaper to see what this means)

Many adults are in and out of the area during the week, and the drawings allow for the youngsters’profiles to become known to many. Increased self-confidence and a greater sense of belonging generally results.

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Fruit Feast

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Good as a Bible Study. On a predetermined evening ask kids to come to the church for a fruit feast. Have kids each bring a different kind of fruit (the more variety the better). Purchase a watermelon and cut it in half using a jagged line. Use a small scoop to make melon balls as you empty out the inside of the watermelon. This will be your fruit bowl for the feast. As kids arrive have them each cut up their fruit and place it in the feast bowl. Mix in each new fruit with the others to create a giant fruit salad. If possible, provide drinks, yogurt, or ice cream to go along with the feast. While they’re eating read Romans 12:4-8 or 1 Cor 12:12-27. Ask: How is the Body of Christ like this fruit salad? How do we each add a different and unique flavour to Christ’s body? What kind of fruit are you most like? Explain. What role do you often play in Christ’s body? Why is that role important?

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun!

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How about a “Girls Night Out”? Have the young married women host a make-over/girl talk party to mentor the younger generation! Have different rooms set up for different activities…makeup, hair, nails, etc…be creative! At the end gather all the girls together and have the 20something girls give their testimonies. Have a time of worship and praise. This is a great way to encourage the older ladies to invest in the lives of the younger girls!!

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Girls’ Night Out

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Once a month, we have a Girls’ Night Out. Sometimes we do a “Dinner and a Movie” night – we feed the girls and then watch chick flicks. Sometimes we take them out shopping, or to a nice restaurant. The girls love the attention – and my husband, the youth minister, gets lots of funny looks for being the only guy in a huge group of girls!

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God’s Word For Students

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Version: God’s Word
Publisher: World Bible

Life is the final exam. Fortunately, it’s open book. This Bible includes a very easy-to-read translation along with 365 daily devotions written by 24 top youth workers across the U.S., hundreds of life-track notes — short topical studies that relate to a passage, a one-year Bible reading plan, and an index of devotions and life-track notes, book introductions, and much more. Perfect for the young Christian at any level.

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