Outreach & Witnessing

Dream Of Whitehaired Christmas

Most churches have a number of senior citizens in the congregation who would love to decorate their homes for Christmas with trees, outside lights, etc., but just aren’t able to do it physically. Announce to your church this year that your youth are volunteering to provide a Christmas decoration service to all senior citizens. Place a sign-up sheet in a prominent location and assign a group of youth to each home. Pick one or several days in late November or early December where everyone can gather together and go to the various homes.

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Socks for Dad

Idea for Father’s Day that was done in our church:

Send a letter to all the dad’s in the surrounding community inviting them to church on Father’s Day. In the letter/package, include 1 dress sock. State in the letter that in order to retrieve the matching dress sock, they must be there for the morning service on Father’s Day. Just a neat little thing to do for Dads and it might actually get some to come to church that normally wouldn’t.

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Evangelism Training 101

This is designed for youth groups where the majority are Christian and are for the most part timid when it comes to evangelizing.

Have the youth get into pairs. One person is person “A” and the other is person “B”. “A” then is instructed to witness to “B”, that is, to explain what it means to be a Christian or why “A” decided to be a Christian. After “A” is finished, “B” will do the same thing to “A”. You can share some of the answers that were given. Then have all the “A”‘s stand to one side and the “B”‘s to the other. Explain that “A” is going to persuade “B” (pretending to be non-Christian) to become a Christian. “B” can respond positively or negatively. “B” might be very open or “B” might be closed, but “B” at least should be open to hearing what “A” has to say. While giving “A” a couple of minutes to think of what they will say, ask “B” to try to think of a couple of questions for “A”, that is, questions about problems they have with Christianity. Ask them to base it on excuses people give for not accepting Christianity. Then let “B” and “A” go for it; “A” persuading and “B” maybe asking questions.

After a few minutes, get some feedback; what worked, what didn’t, did anyone convert, what could work better? Then divide “B”‘s and “A”‘s again, this time having the “B”‘s evangelizing the “A”‘s.

Since the group probably knows each other well, they will probably feel more comfortable doing this with each other. From the results of this exercise, you can decided what the next step is to getting them excited about sharing the Good News with friends, family, and strangers.

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Paint-A-Pumpkin

This Hallowe’en our we had each youth bring a pumpkin to the meeting and we supplied the paint and paint markers. Each member painted a pumpkin and signed them “Happy Halloween from UMYF.” We then delivered them to the shutins of our church. It was a lot of fun, and a great project for our youth. They also are less messy than carved pumpkins and they last a lot longer! We received a great response from the both the kids and the shut ins!

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Paint Ball

Check with your local city or county offices and see if they have facilities that need painting. Most of the time they will furnish the paint if you do the labor. Spend the entire day scraping and painting with your group. They will have a ball. For added fun, have some sort of water fight at the end of the day or during a break to cool off and help wash the paint off your skin.

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Community Closet

Our Teenage Group cleaned out their closets and collected clothing from others (that would have went to Goodwill, etc.) and set up a “Community Closet” in the parsonage of our church. Anyone who needed clothing for their children were welcomed to come in and “shop” for whatever they needed. There was no charge for any of the clothing and the Group assisted the shoppers in filling their needs.

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Paint Your Day Away

Make it a fun, workout, group day. Volunteer to paint, touch up, and clean a Senior Citizen home or a local neighbor’s home, who maybe elderly or handicapped. Show them that teens can do it, when they pull together and help each other. And there’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to put new life into a home or senior’s center!

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Public Pie

Have the senior ladies of your congregation make pies and deliver them to the church. Go to the local hospital or other public place and let your youth give the pies away.

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PopReach

We did this in 2001 and the results are amazing!
A month before the PopReach, we collected cases of pop donated by people in the church. In the end, we had 1,200 cans of pop. We used the parking lot of the church as our stage and did human videos and skits while passing out free cans of pop to all who stopped by. We even passed them out at the stop sign nearby.

Our worship team set up outside and we had games for kids with lots of prizes. The kids could play as many times as they wanted and always received a prize. Adults participated in the skits and had a blast. Afterwards we gathered in the foyer for testimony time. Everyone was able to witness to at least 1 person. It was the most successful outreach we have done!

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Reverse Trick Or Treat

This is a fun way to spend Halloween and spread the Gospel. Our teens prepared “reverse trick or treat” bags that contained candy, a tract, and an invitation to their youth activities. They then went to neighborhood houses as a group and gave the goodies away. The reactions varied from people being initially intimidated by the group of teens to surprise. We then went back to the church and talked about the reactions they received.

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