Archives by: Jim Henderson

Building Relationship w/Christ

Easy to do, Easy to understand and most of all – impacting to youth.

Once Christ is in our lives, he’s there, but are we using him? Recently when talking with my youth on this subject, I took a 5 foot long clear plastic tube (About 1/2 Diameter).

Put water in it to about half full. I explained to the kids that many things are in are lives and no matter how we move the pieces around, we still have everything in us to deal with. I moved the ends of the tube up and down and showed that the water stays level on both ends (You might want to blow the water out on the kids once or twice… catches their attention).

I then said… lets add Christ into the mix… I added 6 drops of Food Coloring to one end (Red is a good effect color, but blue is more dramatic). I then read some verses, and talked about that when Christ comes in our lives we start a relationship. The kids keep noticing the blue SLOWLY moving through the tube. I then said, lets talk with God… and I started moving the tube ends up and down stirring the water… of course the dye, begins to mix. One side is still clear however.

For my demo, I let it sit like that and did nothing until the next week. Then showed the kids that it had mixed completely… this is what happens. What we need to do is be more interactive with Christ and mix it up quicker.

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Coffee & Donuts

Things you need
4 Trashbags or something to put over kids to keep them clean
Chocolate syrup
2 Donuts
2 Pitchers (Cool if mounted on a hard hat)
2 coffee like cups
2 3′ pieces of medium to thick rope
Plastic for your floor – THIS IS MESSY

Select 2 Teams of 2 players from your group
Each team has to do the following, of course starting at the same time.

First player stands with Pitcher on Head while second player lays on back on ground with Coffee cup held on the chest.

The First player then pours some Coffee looking substance (Cold coffee is fun cause it stinks) into the cup.

Once the cup is full to some point you have marked with a pen then the two players switch position.

Now with the roles reversed the 2nd player now standing grabs a 3′ rope with a donut attached to the end. Soaks it in the chocolate (Usually by dipping… pouring it on the donut is more fun, but you have to have kids you can trust with messy chocolate)

The donut is then fed to the person laying on the ground via the 3′ rope and of course it gets all over them. Once the donut is all gone the team is done.

First team to complete both tasks wins.

Oh yeah… don’t pull the bag over their head when done… just rip it off of them – the chocolate tends to run back down on them if you lift up the bag.

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