Bible Study & Prayer

Canned Food Scavenger Hunt

Just before Thanksgiving we divide into small groups, about 5-6, and set them loose on the town with adult drivers. Each team has a list of canned food items that are needed in our church food pantry. Points are awarded according to the difficulty in finding certain items, for example, green beans are worth less than potted meat. This is a fun way for the students to help build up the food pantry which we give to those who come to the church asking for help. It is amazing how much canned food we have collected during these scavenger hunts.

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Relay Pictionary (Super Version)

For a suped-up version of Relay Pictionary:
Have teams of 4-6 players. Line long tables with white butcher paper, and give a handful of crayons to each team. Position yourself in a neutral place in the room. At “Go!” one player for each team comes and gets the first word from you and goes back to their team to draw it. Whoever guesses the word then comes and tells you and you give them the next word, and so on. Like regular pictionary there is no talking, letters, or numbers. I have a list of 100 items. This has become an epidemic among not only the youth but some of the adults too. If you would like the list that I have made just let me know. nomejen@yahoo.com. BE CAREFUL! This can get to be a bit roudy. Save the art work and hang it in your youth room for a few weeks. They love to look at it.

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Proverbs 3:3-4

I came up with this idea after reading Proverbs. Proverbs 3:3-4 says:
“3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man”

So what I did was go to Wal-mart , in the craft section and buy different colors and styles of letter beads, I purchaced some different Christian charms and cool colored beads to spice them up.
We began by doing a short study on mercy and truth and ended on Proverbs 3:3-4. I then explained that we were going to literaly, bind truth and mercy around our necks with some necklaces we were going to make. The only requirement was the beads had to spell out mercy and truth. The rest of the creative proccess was up to them.
And for the part of the scripture that says “Write them on the tablets of your heart”. I made a contest out of who could find, and memorize the most scripture dealing with mercy and truth. This insures the kids are studying the word and helps them to “Write them in there heart” And the winner next youth group, would win a cool prize.
The youth had a ball making there mercy and truth necklaces and really studied the scriptures to find and memorize the most verses to win the prize. And most of my kids still are wearing there necklaces because they have found that they are excellent witnessing tools at school.

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Bible Quiz Tournaments

There is an actual bible quiz that our group does Sept. through April. we meet once or twice a month, and quiz on a certain book of the Bible all year. We then take our top 28 quizzers to regionals (the regionals we attend is in Minnesota, but they have them all over the US) Then in April we have Nationals. The 2006 Nationals is in Omaha, NE. Quizzers from NY, CO, MO, TN, and many more states, come and all quiz against each other. It’s a great way to get your youth into God’s Word. I quizzed when from 12 to 18 and I loved it, now I help with it. If you would like more info on how to get bible quizzing started in your area, feel free to e-mail me, or visit www.biblequizfellowship.org

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Prayer Journal

Give all youth in your group a divided notebook. In this notebook ask each youth to write each day what his or her prayer needs are and what date they prayed for them. In the back section of the notebook have them record what date God answered their prayers.

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Matthew 25 & Michael Jordan

Have one person in your group be Michael Jordan. He then chooses three investors to spend his money. He gives one 10,000 of play money, another 5,000 and another 1,000. He calls them in after a hard season to see what they did, if they are good enough to handle some serious money. Both the 10,000 and 5,000 have doubled their money. The biggest money maker gets Michael’s NIKE account, the other doubler gets his Salary account (Mark envelopes and stuff with money for these accounts.) The just returns the $1,000 and gets tossed.
What did Michael Jordan provide to his investors?
– start up money
– reputation and fame
– basketball skill
What was the investors job?
– to spend someone else’s money to make more
Jesus has done the same
– He gives us talents
– He did the dying
– He did the rising again
What are we to do?
– spend our talents given by him and backed up by him.
– care about others through whatever resources he has given.
– pray for direction

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Love Letter from Christ

For all of those people in your group that do not feel that they are loved or appreciated, have them try this activity. Give each person within your group (small or large) a piece of paper and a pen/pencil. Tell them that they have just received a letter from Christ Himself! And what’s even more special is that this letter is a love letter especially assigned to them. Have each student write a letter to themselves, pretending it’s from Christ. Have them think long and hard about what Christ might say to them. This could be words of adoration and love, words of encouragement, or words of accountability. This makes them think about how important their relationship with Christ is.

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Shoes Of Faith

Before meeting: Gather up various shoes and print out sheets of explanation for each.

Have youth look up and read the following verses: Micah 6:8, Ephesians 6:14&15, 1 John 1:5-7, John 8:12, Psalms 89:15, Isaiah 40:29-31, 2 John:4-6 Each of these scriptures has something in common, can anyone tell me what it is? They all have a reference to walking or the feet. Both the old and new testaments have many references of walking. There is walking in love, walking in the light, and walking with Christ. I think it’s meant to give us a mental picture of our ongoing relationship with God.

I’ve brought some things tonight that might help you get a better picture of what I’m talking about. {Bring out shoes one at a time} OLD HOUSESHOES – I’ve made a commitment to Christ, but I’ve been pretty lazy when it comes to serving Him. DRESS SHOES – I have a nice, shiny faith on the outside, but I only bring it out on Sunday’s and special occasions. WORN OUT SHOES – I’ve come a long way, but I need some serious healing. SANDALS – When the weather is good and the sun is shining, I’m out there walking with the best of them – but when things get stormy, I get discouraged and quit. SILLY ANIMAL HOUSESHOES – My spiritual life is a joke. I don’t take serving Jesus seriously. RUNNING SHOES – I feel like God is helping me to finish the race. WORK BOOTS – It’s been hard work lately, but I’m actually following through on my responsibilities.

Which of these shoes best represents your own walk with Christ? Walking with Christ means knowing Him and obeying Him. As we do this our minds become transformed to be more like the mind of Christ. It means that when you stumble, and we all will, that you will get back up, dust yourself off, and start walking again. Because as followers of Christ, we know that we are not walking alone. He is with us every step of the way, offering encouragement and love. As believers we also know what awaits us at the end of this race….an eternity in the presence of our loving God.

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Feeding 5000

Ask the group who would like some bubble gum (hopefully everyone). Ask one of them to come up and hand them one piece of bubble gum and tell them to give everyone some gum. Of course they will not understand or think it is possible (the disciples reaction to Jesus when he told them the same thing). Then you can say “Let’s Pray”. While you are praying have a bucket of bubble gum hidden and grab it and when you finish the prayer toss out the bubble gum. Its a good parallel and attention getter for the start of a bible study.

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You’ve Got Prayers

I went to the local office supply store and bought do-it-yourself postcard and printed them up with the following message:

You’ve been prayed for!
The Youth Fellowship of Christ Congregational Church prayed for you today. May God shower love and grace down upon you and hold you always safe in the palms of God’s loving hands. May peace and love be yours through Christ Jesus. Amen.

I used our desktop publishing software to make them look jazzy. I then got from the church secretary a list of every single person in our church database and made labels for the postcards. The cards went into a big ole cardboard box that is wrapped up like a present with a hole in the top. Every Wednesday evening at our group’s prayer and worship time, we pass the box around and everyone picks out one card. We then read aloud the names of each card and pray specifically for that person. The next morning, I mail the cards to the people we’ve prayed for.

This has been a very powerful outreach tool for our kids, teaching them to pray for others, especially people they may not know. The people who receive the cards often tell us that the prayer cards reached them at a time when the felt particularly in need of prayer, and some of the people who have received cards have begun attending services regularly again.

Peace and Blessings
Bess

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