Our youth this year will be giving a special service on Memorial Weekend. They will each be selecting a person from Fox’s Book Of Martyrs to present to the church. By doing this we not only memorialize these wonderful men and women who gave us the freedom we have, but the youth also get a sense of the importance of standing up for our God and righteousness! After the service we may reward the youth for their effort with some ice cream and fun games.
This is a great after the evening service fellowship. Have the men/boys bake their favorite dessert. Bring it to church. Select judges to judge the desserts. Then the desserts are eaten by all. We thought of all kinds of catagories so everyone got a blue as well as funny certificate.
We had special rules:
1. It had to be made by the men
2. The girls/women could explain the recipe or tell them how to mix or measure only.
3. The men had to do all their own clean up.
We gave a ribbon for the best use of melted marshmallows, best use of cherries & chocolate, best warm dessert turned cold (these are just examples).
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Every Monday night during the school year, the teens in the church perform skits and play games with the elementary children. This provides a place to go for young and older children and it is exactly what the name means Madness!!! (It’s a great mentor program)
Teach a series of lessons and then when you’re done with the series have a dinner. Plan the menu like you would normally would but give different names from the Bible study to the foods. For example, at ours four my first course I had sand, a battle axe, a skewer, and a papyrus sheet. Mmm that sounds appetizing doesn’t it. Well, the corn was sand, a knife was the battle axe, a toothpick was the skewer and the papyrus sheet was a napkin. They have to finish their plate with what they have before they get more. And the drink also comes in a course. Have 16 different items and make 4 courses with 4 different items. At the time of dinner have the servers serve the courses out of order. In the end, everyone gets the same meal, but in a different order. Have a quiz to test the kids on what they retained from the lesson and then have a prize for the top three. For example, a free lunch at McDonalds or a $25 gift card to Wal-mart or other stores.
We have devised a fun outreach event called Mystery Road Trip. Here you plan a road trip, but every aspect of the trip is unexpected, silly, and a complete mystery for your youth. Since I have a rural background, I take my city kids to rural places and have them do rural tasks. They seem to really enjoy it. The travel time is a good way for the kids to connect with you and each other. It is also an easy event to invite unchurched kids to.
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Divides the Bible into daily readings throughout the year, coupled with commentary written by youth pastor and author Doug Fields. The title, look, and feel are all very “youthy.” Excellent for new Christians and those you have difficulty getting to read anything.
Give teams of equal size several Oreo cookies (or have the kids bring their own). Also give each team two serrated knives, two spoons, a box of toothpicks, and a 4-foot-square piece of posterboard. They have 20 minutes to create a sculpture using the cookies the tools they’ve been given. The sculpture is to be built on the posterboard to control the mess. The filling in the Oreo’s makes great “”glue”” or “mortar.” The sculptures are judged and the winning team receives a couple of litres of milk.
I am going to be putting on a Father & Son pigskin tournament this Father’s Day. After church on a Sunday afternoon in June, I invite the fathers to play flag football. Parents against teens, or if you want teens and parents combined. Either way it keeps them active (something very important for guys) and gives them time to spend alone. At half time, have a speaker deliver the positives on the Father-Son relationship. Then make the connection of our relationship with Christ. Maybe if finances allow, bring in a pro? Either way the goal is for unity and growth between fathers and sons!