Resources that Reach the Hearts of Youth
Activity of the Month : Forgiveness!
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
We cannot be Silent
This website has shied away from anything editorial in the past. The website went on line in the Fall of 2006 shortly after the murder of innocent children in an Amish Pennsylvania town. The first question of the month on the website was: "How do we Christian Youth Leaders, explain the events in Lancaster, Pennsylvania during the first week of October 2006 to our youth group members? Our youth want to know why God allows innocent people, particularly children, to suffer?"
The reaction of the Amish in 2006 was forgiveness. Now another tragedy, almost nine years later, has occurred and the sister of one of the victims states: "We are a family that love built and we have no room for hate. We have to forgive". A second relative thanks the assigned judge for "not allowing hate to win."
Reportedly the young man who committed the atrocity in Charleston, South Carolina believed the African Americans were going to take over the country. Where did this idea come from? Who is responsible for teaching these false-truths? Weren't these devout individuals in a prayer meeting in church? There is no report that they were discussing anything but Godly tasks.p>
National Rifle Association board member Charles Cotton blamed the deaths on a political stand the pastor of the church took against people bringing concealed weapons into church. Really?? More guns would have prevented this act?? Stop blaming the victims!!
It is time for we Christians to stand up and say "No" to all forms of hate and "Yes" to forgiveness. The Hugebot culture teaches the power of forgiveness. Twice a day each person takes time to be alone, quiet and think of whom they have to forgive. The practice started a generation ago as a decree from a wise ruler and history says that it works. Read the entry on November 6th at
to learn more about this practice.
May we all do the same.
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.
Coming Soon: Christian Comics ...
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:
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The Final Vision: The Door Closes
When Chihaysu returned, he advised that he had spent seven days in the desert praying.
He enjoyed a brief visit from Jonas but most of the time, he was alone. He felt close to God but had questions that he wanted answered. He said he observed a beautiful sunset on the last night he was there and felt a peace come over him.
That night he dreamed. He dreamed that he met Mattpaul and he posed three questions to Mattpaul. He said the dream was so vivid he remembered, he believes, every word spoken during the dream.
Read the questions about the future and the answers received... click March to May 2015 Letters
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
"I totally had to get this book"
Jo writes regarding Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings ...
"I think this book is really good and helpful. I first read the online version of the book because I did not want to pay for it. But after reading a couple of program ideas and having a very very successful youth program I totally HAD to get this book. It is well worth the money."
Read more reviews like this one by Jo by clicking ... Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meeting (the book)
Please teach our youth to pray ... testimony from England
We did Trust and Prayer as suggested on your website
When I asked the kids if they had someone they could talk to and trust with a difficult situation, they all said they did. When I asked "If it was something very private and they didn't want anyone else to know, except that friend," their response was, "No they didn't have a friend like that..."
Pastor Todd Hartsock
Trust and Prayer is one of many free activity ideas presented in our second website.
Read more of Pastor Hartsock's comments and the activity of which he speaks, which is described at:
Free Activity of the Month : a youth group activity that encourages spoken prayer among Christian youth and has been successful on several occasions with different youth ministry programs.
Jesus calls Christian youth to "Go into the world to preach the gospel" and gives the promise,"I am always with you to the end of the age". Please share with us where you live so that the global community of Christian teens and their youth leaders can become more evident. Are you active in a Christian youth group? Do you have Christian youth activities or entertainment ideas to share. Your shared ideas for youth ministry programs will be featured on our activities page. Help make our Christian youth website truly international!Just click on the Guestmap Icon and let us know who you are and if you have ideas to share. We will get back to you..