Miscellaneous

Wisdom Rocks Contest

A Wisdom Rocks Contest is where each week the kids have the opportunity to read (on their own time before youth) a chapter of Proverb that would coincide with any day of one previous to class (5th chapter for 5th of month). They would pick out their favorite verse and write what it meant to them in their life. Each week we’d pick a winner depending on who best “got it”. If you did not want to have to choose a winner, you could enter them all in a weekly drawing with candy or such being a weekly reward for such. We gave away money toward upcoming youth events. $3 for first, $2 for second and $1 for third. Of course, I kept the money in the youth account for them.

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Making Eggs Skit

This skit is something that I learned at a party. And we now do it all the time!

First you get 5 people to do this skit.
{1} a director of the play
{2} a making egg person
{3} another maker of eggs
{4} a person who passes out
{5} and a doctor

You have the “egg person” start by pretending that they are mixing up eggs in a bowl, then the second “egg maker” comes up and asks
“Whatcha’ doing?” Then the egg person says “making eggs.” Then the maker of the eggs is confused and asked “Making eggs?” And the egg persons says “making eggs.” Then she/he agrees and joins him/her. Then the passer out comes in and asks the same the question and asks the egg person and the maker the same question. Then she passes out when she founds out what they are doing. And then The maker says to the egg persons” Call 911!” And the egg maker calls 911, and says” 911?” “yes?” answers the doctor. ” I think a person died!” And they answer “Ok. I will be right there.”
The doctor comes and picks up the dead person’s hand and says “Yep. She’s/he’s dead.” And then the director comes out {it is like a play they are putting on} and says” NO,NO,NO you must do it must slower!”
So as you can guess, You have to do the WHOLE thing over again but extremely slower very very slow!!!!! And when you drop the passer outer hand really slow!!!! The the director comes out again, but this times tell them to do it much much more faster!!!!
So again you have to do the WHOLE thing over again but extremely faster!!!!! It is hiliarious to listen to their voices as the try to make them go slow or make them faster!!!!! But at the very end everyone just gives up!!!!! It is a really funny skit!

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Freak Day At The Mall

Take the youth to a shopping mall, but tell them in advance that they are to dress as “freaky” as they feel comfortable doing. Then you can just window shop as a group or do a scavenger hunt, etc. Afterwards you can debrief this activity by discussing how they felt people treated them based on their appearance, and talk about how we tend to judge people on looks.

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Where’s Wally?

Go to a crowded market with lots of tourists etc, or a mall/shopping complex. Have a number of Wallys (the group leaders) in various disguise wandering around, and kids in teams have to find them. One or more leaders could dress up as Wally (from the puzzles) and be worth bonus points. This lasts two hours easily at our local market – (kids can look at the stalls as well on the way).
This can be varied in a number of ways, include scavenger hunts, cryptic clues to get to the market etc, etc.
Our last one was renamed “Mission Impossible” and included a cryptic route to the market and then to find the leaders in disguise.

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Henna Tattoos

Try this instead of, or in addition to, ashes for Ash Wednesday. Our high school group tattooed ourselves with henna for Lent. You can get henna for tatoos in many places–mainly stores with “funky” stuff, but also at beauty shops. Each person had to be able to express aloud how their design reflected their relationship with God. I put crosses on my palms and feet to symbolize Jesus’ nails. One young man put a superman symbol on his stomach because Jesus is his superhero. And on it went. After we were all decorated, we formed a circle and laid hands on each person, praying that Jesus will use the tattoos to speak to the person during Lent.
Henna is a natural dye that is absorbed in the skin. It produces a rusty brown stain on the skin that last approximately 3 weeks, or until that layer of skin is worn off. I think this will become an Ash Wednesday tradition for our high school program. It is just crazy enough to be attractive to the kids, but not so crazy that parents object. And I know that Jesus has used the crosses on my palms to teach me a thing or two!

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Skit about Timothy

What’s My Name?

[Four contestants are sitting facing the audience]

Welcome to another edition of “What’s My Name”. We welcome our four lucky contestants chosen randomly from the audience.

Contestant number one is a computer systems consultant. In his spare time he writes detective stories.
Contestant number two is a nuclear physicist. She recently was called to the White House and honored by the President for the role she has taken in organizing environmental clean up in her community.
Contestant number four is a brain surgeon. He loves parachuting, rock climbing, scuba diving, and hang gliding. He recently designed and built his own private airplane.

[Contestant three signals toward herself, to get the Moderator’s attention]

Oh, yes, Contestant number three recently began training to be an amateur wrestler. Her main goal in life is to one day have her name in the telephone book.

And of course we welcome our special guest Mr. X! As you know, each week we bring out a special guest, the identify of whom the contestants must guess. We will now let you the studio audience in on our little secret. Just who is our special Mr. X this week?

[Mr. X, comes in from side door and sits behind the contestants where they cannot see him.] [Show large name card to audience: Timothy, the able assistant of Paul the apostle]

OK, let’s get started.

Each of our contestants will now begin asking questions of Mr. X. If one of our contestants thinks he or she knows the true identify of Mr. X, then he or she can use their turn to ask the identity.

Contestant number one, what is your question?

Contestant one: Have you ever been on TV?

Mr. X: What is TV?

Contestant two: What is your life theme?

Mr. X: “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”

Contestant three [anxiously appearing to think s/he has already figured out who Mr. X is]: “I know, I know, I know, aren’t you that famous trial lawyer guy who always gives the great speeches before the jury? Oh, I can’t remember your name, but I’m sure it’s you!

Mr. X: No, I’m sorry, that’s not me.

[Contestant three looks very disappointed]

Contestant four: When were you born?

Mr. X: Well, my mother did not keep great records, but I figure I was born about the year 30.

Contestant one: Oh, so you were born in 1930.

Mr. X: No, I don’t know what you mean by the 19. I was born in 30, just plain 30.

Contestant three: Oh, I know, I know, I know, you’re that really old guy who never seems to look older. Oh I know exactly who you are. Oh, oh, what’s your name? The oldest man who ever lived: Methu-mellowed-out, or something like that.

Mr. X: No, I’m so sorry, but Methuselah lived a long time before me. But you are heading in the right direction.

Moderator: Now, contestant three, you must control yourself and wait for your turn. OK. Contestant two, it is your turn.

Contestant two: What’s your job?

Mr. X: Well, you could call me a combination fix-it man, trainer and equipper.

Contestant three: Oh, I know, I know, I know. You’re one of those guys who works in the pit stop at the race track, who can change a tire in about 3 seconds. How do you do that anyway?

Mr. X: What’s a pit stop? I’m sorry, I don’t think that I can fix your problem in 3 seconds. However if you do tire, then I can encourage you like my teacher and mentor encourages me to keep going even when things get tough.

Contestant four: Who is your teacher and mentor?

Mr. X: His name is Paul.

Contestant one: Does you teacher give you a lot of exams? Do you have to sit and listen to his lectures?

Mr. X: Well, I’ve found that just by traveling around with him I run into plenty of tests. He teaches me as we go about our work. And he has written me a couple of letters giving me some great advice.

Contestant two: What kind of advice has this Paul given you?

Mr. X: Oh, lots of it. One time in a letter to me he wrote: “Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.”

Contestant three: So, you go around preaching and teaching. I bet that brings you a lot of fame and honor. How does it feel to have everyone respecting you so much? Are you in it for the glory?

Mr. X: Well, let me tell you what Paul told me about what to expect from my kind of work:
“A time is coming when people will no longer listen to right teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever they want to hear. They will reject the truth and follow strange myths. But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord.”

Contestant four: Are you telling me you have suffered? What has happened to you?

Mr. X: Well, I’ve been arrested..

Contestant three: “I know, I know, I know, you are that guy who ran the big company and sold all your stock because you had inside information. Oh, I can’t remember your name, but I’m sure it’s you!

Mr. X: I’ve never sold stock. I’ve never even raised any sheep or cattle.

Contestant one: What were you arrested for?

Mr. X: For preaching the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Contestant two: You called yourself a “fix-it” man. Why do you call yourself that?

Mr. X: Well, several times when there were major problems in churches, my mentor Paul sent me to straighten out the problems.

Contestant two (again): I just have a follow-up question. You sound quite young to be given so much responsibility. Have you ever felt that you are not old enough to do all that?

Mr. X: My mentor, Paul, wrote to me about that in one of his letters. He said: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Age is not the key. We can be an example to others no matter how old we are.

Contestant three: OK, OK, let me get this straight. You lived a long, long time ago. You went around with a man named Paul and taught people about Jesus. This Paul fellow taught you and sent you to fix all the hardest problems. You got hassled in your work and even arrested. How am I doing?

Mr. X: So far, so good.

Contestant three: I think I have it figured out. You are that guy that was on that old episode of Deep Space Nine who went back in time and taught the people all about the future so then they were able to mind-control their neighbors which threw off the balance of power and eventually led to the great battle of the Centaurs. Oh, I know who you are. Oh, oh, what’s your name? I just had it!

Moderator: I’m sorry contestants, but our time is up. So, I’ll introduce you to our special guest Mr. X, who is none other than Timothy, the able assistant of Paul the Apostle.

Contestant Three: Oh, I knew it. I knew it. His name was right on the tip of my tongue!

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Announcement Mania

Why do we do announcements? We want kids to remember what is going on and hopefully bring out some of their friends. The key word is remember. Memory experts say that we remember best what is put to word pictures. Also we pay attention to things that are either novel or intense. So when it comes to making announcements zing and stick the idea is make them MEMORABLE!
Try video announcements, Man on the Street interviews, forehead advertising, but especially linking ideas to pictures in kids heads! Using these techniques will help your group remember times, places, and other important details (that I can’t remember right now!) Remember word pictures made memories, and memories make announcements stick!

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Guidelines For Your Testimony

*** This can be printed up and given directly to the teens giving their testimony.

Thank you for being willing to share your testimony on Sunday. One of the most powerful ways to convey God’s power is to tell how he has been working in our lives. As a result, I want to make sure that our personal testimonies are well thought out and well organized. Below you will find some general guidelines for presenting your testimony. Please stay as close to them as possible. We all are looking forward to hearing of the many ways that God has been working in your life.

Guidelines:

1. I realize that many of us know each other, but humor me and introduce who are and give your name, age, grade, school, how long you have been a Christian, etc. (Don’t assume people know fully who you are; take your time and get us all on board). It will give you time to get comfortable as well as prepare the rest of us. Choose from one of the following sets of questions for building your personal testimony:

– What was your life like before you became a Christian?How did God begin to get your attention?
– What were some of the struggles you faced in putting your faith in Christ?
– What have you struggled with since becoming a Christian and how has God brought you through this?
– What was the defining moment that caused you to become a Christian?
– How has your life changed because of this?

Describe the process of your growing in your relationship with Jesus:

– How did he draw you to Him? What key person or persons has God used in your life?
– What were some of the struggles/trials you faced growing up?
– Did you ever experience doubt and how did you handle this doubt?
– How did God show Himself faithful in your life?

2. What are one or two things that God has been doing in your life in the past year. Examples, God has given me the desire for… God has convicted me of… God has shown me the joy in… God has turned my world upside down by…

3. As a result of God doing this in my life, I am different in these ways…

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Windshield Wash Ministry

Take your small youth group outside and clean every car windshield on the church parking lot. After cleaning it, place a flier behind wiper blade stating “Your windshield was cleaned by (name of youth group) so other can see Christ in you.” Of course window cleaner and paper towels are a must. You wouldn’t believe the reactions!

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Easter Caroling

While this may sound silly, our group had such a great time that some have asked for it to be an annual event. We sang a medley of Easter songs and gave each house a basket of goodies (the baskets were made from lunch bags). We also included a “happy holidays” Easter card and ended the caroling with a rousing chorus of “We wish you a happy Easter.”
It was much warmer than Christmas caroling and we found more people at home.

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