Outreach & Witnessing

Bottled Water Outreach

For times in which you wish to involve your youth group in a ministry to the people in your community you can add this idea to your list of things to do.

On a day that is particularly hot go out and purchase a few cases of bottled water (Popsicles are another idea… make sure they’re frozen, though) and a couple bags of ice, and then place them in a some ice chests.

Choose a way to get your youth group name or church name on the ice chests for people to see. You can simply place it on a piece of paper taped to its front or let the students in your youth group find a creative way to display it.

Then, choose an area to visit in your community where large groups of people migrate to and/or participate in different sports or other physical activities. Some such places might include a skate park, or other community park/gathering place.

Once you have chosen and made it to your location have your students get into groups of three or more and give them a certain amount of time to offer and hand out the cooled water bottles to those in the park.

Make sure to give your students ideas of what to say to curious people who might offer them questions concerning their gesture of kindness.

Overall, this is great way for the teens of your group to get involved in sharing the love of Christ through their actions.

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Shopping Cart Scavenger Hunt

Send your kids on the most unforgettable shopping trip they’ve ever been on. And help the needy in your area at the same time. Contact a local food bank ahead of time to learn what items it needs most. Then make a “grocery list” of 15 to 20 of the items. Get permission to borrow shopping carts from a local grocery store. Form teams of no more than four. Give each team a shopping cart and a grocery list. Have teams go door-to-door in search of the items on the list. Award a pizza to the first team to return with its shopping completed. When everyone is back. have a discussion about giving. Use Deut 15:7-10; Prov 25:21; Matt 10:42; 22:34-40; Acts 2-:35; Romans 12:6-13; and 2 Cor 9:6-9 as discussion starters. Then go together to take the food kids collected to the local food bank.

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Youth Video Ministry

I came up with the idea that youth groups and their churches could run a small film club or ministry. In that, the kids would shoot, direct, act, edit, etc., they’re own films. This would be a great learning experience for them and would make their youth group more fun, exciting and meaningful. It would also help the kids connect with the rest of the church when they show their movie to their church, and also when other church members help in the making of their movie. The movies that the kids would make would of course be Christian movies that would help edify the church and preach the Gospel, the eternal message of Jesus! Youths could make documentaries, dramas, action/adventure movies, worship videos and much more. It could reach out to so many people and be used for many different things. The films could be used for fundraising, community outreaches, mission trips, documenting church activities such as retreats, or even interviewing different church members for they’re testimonies of how they came to know God. The uses and advantages for starting a film or video ministry with young people is endless. Also, the cost for such an undertaking is quite low. An inexpensive camcorder and a simple editing system is all one needs to start the ministry. For more info check out Warriors of Truth at http://www.geocities.com/~warrioroftruth or email me at warrioroftruth@webtv.net.

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Anyone Seen the Christ Child?

Around Christmas time, the youth or church bible studies get together and make cookie bags, or any gifts of such. Then go around to your local Fire-Stations, Emergency rooms, etc., and present the gift to them, and ask them “Have You seen the Christ Child?” and share with then the story of the candy cane or the Christmas story, and share about your church’s ministries. It’s a very effective and positive outreach.

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The Season Servants

Adapt this idea to fit your climate and the time of year. Gather a group of interested and dedicated youth and adults who want to reach out to others by caring for their yards. Offer your service to widows, single parents or needy families in your church or community. Set a day and time to come to their house. FALL: Bring rakes and leaf blowers to tidy yards. Bring brooms to sweep out gutters. WINTER: Bring shovels to clear off snowy sidewalks and rock salt to spread on icy steps and porches. SPRING: Plant flowers and wash windows. SUMMER: Mow and water lawns. Help each youth member and adult develop a green thumb he/she can be proud of. If families want to donate money to the team, give the money to an outreach or service organization.

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Trunk or Treat

On Hallowe’en night have people from your church decorate the trunks of their vehicles with decorations and candy. When the children come by, give them candy and a Gospel tract telling them how they can receive Jesus as their personal Savior. You may want to advertise Youth Events and the times of services.

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Musical Tour

Every year my high school youth group puts on a huge musical. We practice all year long. Every musical is complete with music, choreography, and a script with a great christian message. In the spring we perform at various local churches and for one week in the summer we tour out of state. We are reaching out to many different communities while learning a whole lot about ourselves and Christ in the process. I know that’s its changed my life

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Veteran’s Luncheon

Hold a luncheon to honor Veterans for their service to our country. Find out who in the church (or can be expanded to include your community) is a Veteran of the service. Several weeks before the event, send invitations inviting them and a guest to the luncheon. On the day of the luncheon, play military music or songs from the war era. For the menu, fix Hero sandwiches and have coleslaw or chips. Have the youth make the food and serve the food and drinks, and then clean up when done eating. Decorate the room you hold the luncheon in with patriotic decorations. Have people bring in pictures, old uniforms, etc. of their days in the service. Following the meal, have some of the youth perform a little program by singing a patriotic song, reciting a poem, etc. Have a time for the Veterans to tell a story of something they experienced while serving. Then close the luncheon by thanking our “heroes” for their service to our country and their part in helping make this nation free and great. This works well around Veteran’s Day. It is a great way to help bridge the gap between older adults and the youth. Keep in mind, that for many of the Veterans, this will be a very emotional time, but it will be something that they will always remember.

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Homeless Missions

Call the local rescue mission or homeless shelter and volunteer to help serve food. This is an incredible way to get your youth involved in serving and also allows them to see just how much they really do have. It was an awesome experience for our youth and all the youth loved it!

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Blessing with Blankets

Around October when the weather is getting colder tell the youth you will be doing a blanket drive. The week before you go out and collect hand out cards telling the people in your area that you will be coming around collecting blankets. You can also join with area businesses and put up flyers and drop off boxes. This is also a great PR thing so it is easy to advertise with local TV and Radio stations.

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