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40-Hour Sit-out

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Our 6th-8th Grade Youth Group participated in a 40 Hour Sit-out to raise money and awareness for homelessness in our area. Prior to the event we collected large boxes (washer/dryer – range size) and we prepared them in “shanty” type homes. We started the event on 5:00 PM (Friday) and lived outside in the boxes until Sunday @ 9:00 AM. We stayed out even in the rain. We had collected plastic and old tarps to cover us in the rain. We took pledges and donations from our church members and we had a lot of community people stop by to see what we were doing. We were on a main road in town and lots of people would pull up just to donate money because they had seen the segment on the Friday evening news. Members of our church also signed up to bring us food to eat for our meals (you can keep this from the kids, so they might start to wonder where their next meal is coming from.)

While this is only a glimpse into the life of homeless person, it made quite a large impact on our kids and adults too (we had lots of “security guards”). The total money raised was then donated to our local Gospel Mission. You can do many things with this concept, and while it’s a lot of work, God rewards those involved with a feeling of accomplishment. **you could incorporate the Shanty town idea on EGAD! with this event**

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Adopt A Highway

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Many highways invite groups to adopt a stretch of road and come out to pick up litter. Make this a quarterly event at least. Give prizes away to those who collect the most trash. Recycle what you can.

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Adopt-A-Phonebooth

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Have the youth search out and “adopt” a full phone booth (one that is enclosed). Have them stock it with gospel tracts and maintain it by keeping trash cleared out of it. Have surprise inspections and reward the youth who have the cleanest and best stocked booth. This is a good introductory form of evangelism.

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Anyone Seen the Christ Child?

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Around Christmas time, the youth or church bible studies get together and make cookie bags, or any gifts of such. Then go around to your local Fire-Stations, Emergency rooms, etc., and present the gift to them, and ask them “Have You seen the Christ Child?” and share with then the story of the candy cane or the Christmas story, and share about your church’s ministries. It’s a very effective and positive outreach.

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Band Practice Room

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On a certain day in the week (maybe Saturday afternoons) open up your youth room as a free band practice room for Christian and non-Christian bands (use your common sense here as to what you think is acceptable in a Church). We have our own PA equipment that we let the young people use and we let some of them use our amps, mics and drums etc. Have some of your Christian young people around to serve and to love the young people that have come in – set up the sound for them, give them drinks, print out songs for them. This has proved very successful in our youth group and has already built links with many non-Christian young people and served as a way to share the Gospel with them!

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Barn Party

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All you need to do is find a barn/warehouse in/around your community and ask for permission to use. Then you can find a local band to play at the event(or like we have done a local christian radio) and bring out food and play some games like Capture the Flag and other “war” games that will get teenagers pumped up.

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Beverage Blessing

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Have a youth leader or youth group member(s) go and buy packages of pop in a can. Then fill up a big cooler with ice and put the cans in there. Take the cooler to a park, or fair or just stand on a street corner and hand them out to people on a hot day. If they ask you why you can tell them it is just a practical way to share God’s love. You get tons of different reactions.

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Bibles and Burritos!

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Have your teens bring $5.00 and head to Taco Bell. Have each teen buy 5 burritos. Then stuff a brown lunch sack with one burrito, a napkin, and a small paperback bible. Then go to a park and distribute the bags! You’ll be amazed at how fast they go…and how astonished the recieving people are!

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Bicycle Trip

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The youth and some adults get together and set up a youth bicycle trip. You look at different mission sites (places that need to hear a word from God, such as camping sites.) And the youth drive up to a specific location and then bike back home. On the way home they stop at the different places. And at these places they meet to worship with the campers. They provide a speaker such as a youth leader at our church They also sing and do skits.

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Blessing with Blankets

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Around October when the weather is getting colder tell the youth you will be doing a blanket drive. The week before you go out and collect hand out cards telling the people in your area that you will be coming around collecting blankets. You can also join with area businesses and put up flyers and drop off boxes. This is also a great PR thing so it is easy to advertise with local TV and Radio stations.

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