Resources that Reach the Hearts of Youth
Activity of the Month : Nature's Lessons
Summer Hike - August 29th in the Catskill Mountains in New York.
Want to join us to Kaaterskil Falls this summer? Write to Mountgote@AOL.com (Tim Ferguson) or call 631-242-2582. We would love to have you join us in God's Country.
Going on your own hike?
We discussed the group response to a more local hike but imagined that it is 100 years ago. There are no telephones, no internet, no automobiles and our pastor says he heard at a meeting that there are Christian youth in the next town, nine miles away, that want to meet with us. We, then, asked how many people would be willing to take a nine mile hike and back, three hours of walking each way to spend an hour sharing youth group ideas.
Guess how many volunteers we had? Read more about what we learned by clicking
... Summer Walks
Food For Thought ...
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." Martin Luther King, Jr.
"BE the change you want to see in the world." Mohandas Gandhi
The Good News of the Gospel: clear and understandable
Review by Melissa Jagel:
"Engaging, exciting, entertaining, and easy-to-read! Ferguson's super-cool little book, "The Chest of Visions," brilliantly captures the essence of the Gospel message …"
Elizabeth Marie review: "In this book we meet youth from two different worlds...Once I opened this book, I couldn't set it down ...
I love this book! I think it's perfect for a youth group read and study."
Lee Ashford from Readers' Favorite writes:
"The Chest of Visions: Secrets of Caperston¯ is a well-reasoned, well-written, and intelligently conceived allegory ... a new concept for involving today's youth in Bible study... a correspondence across parallel universes between several teen-aged individuals on two different planets in two different universes.
If read in its entirety, and considered prayerfully, "The Chest of Visions" should be acknowledged as a significant step forward in Youth Group Study Guides."
Click for reviews and purchase:
... Reviews of The Chest of Visions
For youth workers: at the end of the book there are ten lessons to use in your youth ministry.
Testimonial Received - July 5, 2015
Just became chair of our Christian Ed. Committee was browsing for ideas for our youth group - all children are young grade 5 and younger. Like some of the ideas I saw on this site. God bless you as you share ideas for others to use in spreading the word of Jesus Chist to our youth in such a troubled time.
Editor: thank you and glad we are helping.
Christian Comics are here ...
To read the full comic, please click... Caperston in Conflict
Bible stories seen through Caperston eyes
Second Activity of the Month:
from Louis Faithful of Nigeria
Split the group into two and have each individual write three Bible trivia questions, for which they know the answer, on three separate pieces of paper. Each person should place their name on the question. Place them in a basket or some other container.
Take turns with a member of one team pulling a question from the basket. If they answer the question correctly their team gets two points. If the question is answered incorrectly the other team gets a chance to answer the question. If they are successful, they get two points.
If the question is still not answered, the team that the initial person is on, gets a chance to answer the question. If they are correct their team gets one point.
The person who wrote down the question does not get an opportunity to answer the question.
If the person drawing the question, pulls out their own question, they are to return it to the basket and try a different question.
The leader of the group should listen carefully to questions and answers. Particularly if the group does not answer the question accurately, this may present an opportunity for discussion.
Thank you, Louis
Books of Christian Youth Activities:
Not the Same Old Done-it-before Youth Meetings:
"A God-send" for you!
Laura Cooley of St. Paul's Church, Patchogue, NY writes...
"Your book is a God-send!! You have laid out in an organized and easy-to-read fashion so many wonderful ideas and activity plans that we will never again feel uncomfortable when getting ready for our next Christian Youth Group meeting. I am new to the role of Youth Group leader and your book gives me confidence that we can indeed succeed with God's help".
"Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings" now available for immediate download on Kindle.
Our youth group is based in Kisumu town in the western part of Kenya. Our community is a fishing town along the shores of Lake Victoria... Our youth enjoy engaging in talent shows where they can showcase their talents. Our talent shows are filled with youth singing, doing comedy, acting in skits, and much more.
John's Testimony and hopes for his youth group
John Ogutu of Kenya (see below article) recently wrote to Christianyouthgroup.org ...
"The events in Caperston are an interesting read for a young Christian. Not only is it interesting, it is also quite engaging for a young Christian mind seeking answers to questions and participating in the story as well. I am encouraged by the way it relates to the Christian environment in relation to our world. I recommend this to all Christian youth groups as an engaging continuous activity. I have purposed to share this with my youth group and encourage them to participate in writing to Huchfee of Caperston and/or to Alex of New York".
To read the story... click March 2015 Letters