Reaching the Hearts of Christian Youth


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Youth group going on a 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


From the rising of the sun to its setting ... The name of the LORD is to be praised. Psalms 113:

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What about Prayer ... does it work?"

Remember that the people from Caperston have just recently learned about the presence of God in their world and about prayer. Most have never attempted to pray and probably have no idea how to pray. In the world of Caperston there is no Lord's Prayer recited regularly in church.

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Not the Same Old Done-it-before Youth Meetings 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.

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Teachings from the Story: Temptations - Not an Easy Topic

How are the temptations of Chihaysu similar to those brought to Jesus? Click: Temptation Activity for an intriguing comparison of Jesus' and Chihaysu's temptations. .

Teachings from the Story: Are you up to it?

Read the story of Dustin recorded on May 5th. Dustin tries to persuade his fellow Mountain Youth that there is a better way to go about change than to seek revenge. He calls out, "God, protect Caperston and its people and forgive my fellow mountain brothers..." Click:Am I Up to It? for more details of this lesson.

Resources that Reach the Hearts of Youth

This is a game we used in conjunction with the event 'Trust and Prayer' described above. It is listed here as it can be used simply as an activity for fun apart from the more serious event or as part of the below activity. Find a space in your youth area about four feet wide by twenty feet long. Use some tape to mark this game area out clearly. Take six or seven pieces of construction paper and randomly place them in the area that's been marked off.

Break your group into two teams. Each team is to pick a 'guide' who will direct teammates down the four foot by twenty foot corridor while they are blindfolded. Blindfolded youth must walk from one end of the corridor to the other end without touching the tape boundaries or any of the bombs (pieces of construction paper). Use a stop watch to record the duration of each youth's effort.

When a youth steps on a bomb or on or past a tape boundary, hit a pot with a spoon or make some such loud noise simulating a bomb going off. Record the number of times errors are made.

Total the times needed for each team to walk the maze and add ten seconds for each time a bomb goes off. After each youth attempts to traverse the maze, change the locations of the construction paper so that no one can memorize the locations of the bombs. The total team time plus the penalty seconds will determine the winning team. See the activity entitled 'Trust and Prayer' for discussion ideas regarding this activity.

We would love to hear if this activity was both fun and useful to your grou as it has been to ours. Please share your experience by writing to: TimFerguson@christianyouthgroup.org.



 

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 Christ to our youth in such a troubled time.

J. Walker


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"This website is AWESOME!!! I'm the Youth Director at my church and I also mentor and work with inner city youth in my community!

Your site has very good information that can be used for our teens...Thank You!

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How many times do we "pull the plug" on a task we began. What initially appeared to be good becomes filled with uncertainty. Uncertainty leads to anxiety and anxiety leads to a fear of failure. Fear wins out and the plug is pulled often before the task gets beyond its initial planning stage.


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