Progressive Publicity

Idea to publicize an event or activity so that everyone becomes interested. Example: Publicize study of OT and NT titled “Something Old, Something New.” One month in advance, place the letters “SOSN” on small pieces of paper around the church. The next week add the dates of the Bible study. Then, the next week place the time, place, etc., until eventually all the information was added. They will have fun figuring out what the letters “SOSN” stood for and trying to guess the upcoming activity.

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Roller Coaster Ride

I first seen this done at Youth Camp. The Leaders asked for about 4 or 5 volunteers. The volunteers are led outside, or somewhere where they cannot hear what is going on in the other room. The volunteers are then told that when they go back to join the group, there will be a chair for them to sit on, where they will have to pretend to be getting on a roller coaster ride, riding it, and exiting the ride. Meanwhile, the other youths will be told something totally different. They will be told that the person who will be sitting on the chair is really acting out how he/she acts when they are in the bathroom. It is very hilarious! Kind of weird, but funny!!

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A wonderful thing to do for your group is to keep a scrapbook for them. I take a camera to even the smallest youth events, and take LOTS of pictures. I do one album for each school year. In the front are all the kids school pictures, with a brief bio on each kid. This doesn’t have to be expensive, and it can be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Even the boys love looking through the albums, and looking for pics of themselves. Plus, it’s a great way to preserve and journal those special memories.

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Scripture Tag

This is a cool way to get the kids to look into the Bible and have fun doing it. Someone starts by looking up a favorite scripture and then writing it down on a 3×5 index card. They then give it to someone else and now that person is it. That person has ’til the end of the day to then tag 2 other people with their own scriptures they have looked up and written down. You cannot just turn around and hand out the one you got… that’s yours to keep. The object is to get the kids to look up scriptures on their own.

It can get addictive. You really need to be prepared each day with scriptures already written. If you have already been tagged that day you don’t have to hand out more, but you can. You’ll find that once it catches on, some kids won’t wait to be tagged, they will just hand them out on their own. Get creative on the cards ie; draw a small cross, use gel pens, buy different colored 3×5’s etc. Let the students know this is not to be mean with either. There are some scriptures, given to the right person, could really cut to the core. Have them look for ones that encourage each other. After you’ve been tagged several times, you’ll have a lot of different scriptures for yourself. Carry them with you on trips or whatever. Can be great a encouragement. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11 You’re it! God bless!

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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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Starburst Statue

Divide your youth into teams of about 5-6. Give each team a bag of Starbursts and a paper plate. They have to chew up the starbursts and make a statue of some kind on the plate with the gooey, chewed up starbursts. We had each team explain what they made. You could use a bible theme or whatever the kids decided to come up with on their own. Some even used the wrappers as part of their creation!

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Sticky Scriptures

This is a great game for getting the Youth/Children listening, intently, to a chosen bible passage. The leader must cover his/her face with Squirty Cream or Shaving foam, and tell the group they will be asked questions about the passage. The leader then reads the passage in sections, asking a question after each section. If the group get the question right they are armed with a corn puff each; they then have to throw it at the leaders face. The aim of the game is to get the corn puffs to stick on the leaders face. Repeat this for each section of the passage. At the end, count up the amout of ‘sticks’ and if it matches the desired total, give rewards.
They group loved this game and I had baby soft skin for hours after. (Best to wear sunglasses tos!)

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Sundae School

On the last day of our Vacation Bible School (VBS), we had each child write down five (5) things that they learned during VBS. Then, we presented each child with a pass to go to “Sundae School”. Each child was allowed to make their own ice cream sundaes in “Sundae School”. We had ice cream, fruit, marshmallows, gummy bear, nuts, M&M’s, chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, caramel, whipped cream, and sprinkles.

It was a fun way to end VBS and we were able to relate it to the Bible.

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Sunday Skits

On Sundays, during Sunday School, we find a story from the Bible that no one knows. We spend our session learning about it and coming up with a skit to go along with it. Then before Sunday Service we do our skit for the church to show them what we are learning. The adults really get a kick out of it when the youth mess up too. 🙂

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Taste of Italy

We just asked each of the kids to “Make Their Own Italian Dish.” They may have a parent help but we really encouraged them to do it themselves. Then everyone brings their dish to youth. I supplied all the other things. I figured that we’d get a bunch of different spaghetti dishes, but these kids got creative! They really seemed to enjoy it so we even did a taste of Mexico Night! Another big hit!

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