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Youth Group Activities
« on: March 22, 2007, 05:48:02 PM »
I remember from my days as a youth minister, one of the challenges was to plan great activities for them. Thinking of them was the first hurdle. So if we could put together a thread about great youth group activities, I think it would be valuable.

Your thoughts?

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Re: Youth Group Activities
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007, 05:53:41 PM »
I know from what little I know about the youth group of my congregation, is that I don't believe they take part in enough service to their congregation.  They are the leaders of the next generation you know.

So I would look to incorporate fun with helping out widows, etc.

When I was a youngin' we could even have fun shoveling off roofs.  Although the metal ones could be slippery.

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Re: Youth Group Activities
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2007, 08:46:30 AM »
Why do we consistently call our youth leaders of tomorrow as though they are not leading today.  The Bible doesnt mention future Christians or junior leaders.  Most of our youth are leaders in today's world here and now. 

I do agree though that the youth are a little to segmented from the rest of the congregation, but could this be because we treat them like junior Christians???/

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Re: Youth Group Activities
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2007, 08:06:30 AM »
We had several favorites.

One annual event was Canadian Thanksgiving. We'd wanted to celebrate T-giving with the kids, but they were always with their family. So we decided to celebrate Canadian t-giving in October. We had all the traditional trimmings, and the kids loved it.

Two totally fun and totally aspiritual games we liked were Newspaper Wars and Grape Spitting. We collected newspaper from the congregation for weeks, and each kid was handed a roll of masking tape and a bunch of paper. With it they had to make shields and swords. Then we turned them loose to attack each other. The last one with an intact shield won the the game. Grape Spitting was just what it sounds - we'd see who could spit a grape the farthest. It was actually hysterical to watch the prissy girls out-spitting the boys!

Be careful with service projects. At our congregation, the adults have a tendency to push all the work off on the teens while they sit around and gab. This doesn't go over very well. If you have service projects, it's a good idea to have adults working side-by-side with the teens.

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Re: Youth Group Activities
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2007, 11:46:11 AM »
I think those ideas sound like fun.  I think somewhere in all this we do want to make spiritual applications.  The paper shields and swords could be the Israelites versus the Babylonians or whatever.  I suppose the spitting contest could show how Jesus spit in the blind guys eye or which guard could spit in Jesus's face the farthest!   I am of course only teasing and in fact I want to try both of these games during a youth function.  The time spent together in fun is priceless.  (We adults need more of this too - sunday morning worship service is not likely going to encourage deep friendships either by itself)  But I am serious about making spiritual applications for an attention challenged group!  If it 'feels' too bibley, what was supposed to make a point may come across as too preachy or didactic or whatever.  It is a challenge.

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Re: Youth Group Activities
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2008, 08:55:24 AM »
I know from what little I know about the youth group of my congregation, is that I don't believe they take part in enough service to their congregation.

Be careful with service projects. At our congregation, the adults have a tendency to push all the work off on the teens while they sit around and gab. This doesn't go over very well.

Ain't this the truth.  I hear a lot of the time how the teens need to do more service, yet there is nothing in the bulletin for the adults doing a service project.  Teens do a lot more service than are given credit for.  Of course they aren't looking for recognition for it either.  Maybe it's time to let the teens be teens and remember that they aren't mature yet and be happy with what they ARE doing.

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Re: Youth Group Activities
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2012, 11:27:42 PM »
This is something I do now that I think would be great for teens.  I make key chains with witness beads. It could even be a bracelet or necklace craft project.  Its a nice  way to learn how to witness to people.

Putting on plays or skits of bible stories or christain values for hospitalized children or the senior center.

Growing vegetables or organizing a winter coat drive for the homeless.








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