Archive for category: Youth Ministry

Group Games Apps

28 Jul
July 28, 2015

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This summer I told both of my interns to download the following three apps, and they have both been VERY excited with how useful they are! It is challenging to come up with different and interesting games for student ministry week after week, and while there are a ton of resources out there, both in book form and online, these are particularly convenient as they are apps! Each of the apps has a variety of games, from simple to complex. And at a couple bucks each, it’s around a penny or two per game idea. Definitely great youth ministry resources:

Group Games: The first games app I purchased, it includes over 120 games with filters and categories, as well as the ability to highlight favorites for quick access later.

GroupDo: 250 games with filters to help narrow them down by what type of game you want. Includes instructions, illustrations and more!

Awana YM Games: Awana is in the name, but this is app is incredibly useful if you work with teens, regardless of what curriculum you use. It includes 95 games.

Bonus app recommendation:

IceBreaker Questions: Not a games app, but another great resource from the creator of the Group Games app mentioned above. Tons of great questions, with filters for age groups, it’s a fun way to get a group talking!

It’s the little things …

09 Jul
July 9, 2015

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Sometimes it’s the little things that make you feel most appreciated.

This photo is from the VBS party/cookout our team through for the residents in Stockholm and New Sweden during our mission trip to Maine. There were a handful of kids who came with drawings thanking us for the VBS!

Maine Mission Trip lip dub!

04 Jul
July 4, 2015

Taking 22 middle school students on a mission trip to Northern Maine means about 16 hours of driving in each direction … and we don’t allow them to bring ANY devices on the trip! So we spend the time talking, playing games, getting to know each other, and making lip sync videos! The funny thing is, as much as all the kids fear the drive ahead of time, they’re shocked at how fun it is to travel with a bunch of friends and no electronics!

Anyway, here’s the music video/lip dub my van came up with!

2015 Student Missions Report

29 Jun
June 29, 2015

All three of our student missions trips are back home! Yesterday in church we took over both of the worship services to allow the students and leaders to share what God had done through them, and showed them through the trips to Maine, Boston, and Guatemala.

It’s the first time we’ve done the reports during the worship services; in the past, it was always a separate event – it was exciting to see our students be the sermon with their stories and lessons from the scriptures they shared, with the congregation as a whole being blessed by them!

In the next few days, the audio and video from the reports will go live – stay tuned for more!

Student Missions Report Sunday!

17 Jun
June 17, 2015

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I am particularly excited about this year’s student missions report! In the past, we’ve had several different, smaller reports, which have always been great – but only a small part of the church is actually able to make them. This year? We’re taking over both worship services on June 28th so the whole church can hear the students share about what they’ve experienced!

The plan is to have all 65 students and adult leaders sitting on the risers on the platform for both worship services (9am and 10:30am), with half of the students from each of the three teams sharing at the first service, and the other half sharing at the second service. In addition, students will help lead worship, we’ll have a short slideshow from all three trips, and there are even some baptisms to be celebrated as well! Personally, I’m thrilled to see the students have the opportunity to share what they have seen God do and how they have grown in their faith in a way we have never done before as a church! This is one Sunday that people will definitely not want to miss!

Guatemala Music Video

14 Jun
June 14, 2015

We have a team of 17 students and 4 adults on a short term mission trip in Guatemala right now – their leader, Matt O, posted this music video this morning! Fun to see them all enjoying the country. At the same time, they’ve already been tackling some tough challenges. Last night they hit the streets of Antigua to minister to the homeless. Scary, out of their comfort zone, and incredible – they saw five people decide to follow Christ! It will be a blast to hear all their stories when they return and share with the church on Sunday the 28th during the worship services!

Short Term Mission Report Sunday

04 Sep
September 4, 2014

The other week we had our annual short term mission trip report Sunday where people from all the different mission trips our church sends out each year shared what God had done in them and through them during the mission trips. Over the course of the three worship services, Anna, Kristina, Lauren, Jessica, JD and Luke each shared (two students per worship service) about their experiences on the Costa Rica trip, Chicago trip, and Maine trip. This video is a compilation of all six students!

The First Grade Gift

03 Sep
September 3, 2014

Every year the first grade Sunday School class collects an offering to benefit student missions – I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now! This past spring they raised over a hundred dollars, came over to the student hour on Sunday morning, gifted it to the Costa Rica team and recited their memory verse on missions! It was a very cool morning; and fun for me because the signature from Noah on the above card they made for the family in Costa Rica our team was building a home for is MY Noah!

2014 Summer Missions Highlights

26 Aug
August 26, 2014

This is a video we showed this past Sunday in church highlighting our four student ministry summer mission trips from last June! I love doing these kinds of videos because we typically only have time to hear from a few students on a Sunday morning … which drives me nuts! There are sooooo many more stories; at least with this, using short audio snippets from the different student mission trip reports that happened outside of the worship services, 25 other students were able to be heard over the course of the video!

5 Reasons the Church Needs Youth Ministry

19 Jul
July 19, 2014

I love this video from Mark Matlock and the crew over at Youth Specialties! Some thought provoking observations on his part!