Good Things

Letters to Pastor

All Pastors need encouragment. Have the teens write letters to their pastor with a word of encouragement, praise or appreciation. Have them present the letters during your church announcements and have the kids encourage members of the church to do something special for the pastor that week.

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Lifesavers for a Lifesaver

We did this for our pastor. We got lots of lifesavers (vests, rings, etc.) and spread them all over our pastors yard. We then placed signs in the yard with uplifting messages. We made a big sign that said… thanks for being our lifesaver.

You can spread the lifesavers in a big circle formation like a lifesaver or just fling them everywhere. Our kids loved doing it and the uplift it gave our pastor was well worth it. It can be done to uplift anyone. Have fun doing this with your youth. Just let the local police know so no one gets arrested while you’re decorating!

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Love And Laundry

Go to a local Laundromat and give out quarters to people washing and drying their clothes. It will give you a chance to do something for them and possibly talk with them about their relationship with God while they wait on their clothes.

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Lunch Lotto

As students come into the youth facility everyone receives a numbered ticket. During our service we have everyone stand up and get their ticket out. We draw a ticket stub and announce the number slowly. When the students realize they don’t have the winning ticket, they sit down. The student left standing wins. I take a large Pizza Hut pizza to the winning student during lunch on Friday to be enjoyed with his or her friends. This is a great way to get to know some of the friends of my youth.

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Mall Ministry

We took our youth group to the mall. We divided into groups of 2 or 3. The students asked random people (the store clerk etc) if they have anything they’d like prayer for. We explain that we’ll be meeting later for prayer with our group. Most people give a request and some allow us to pray for them on the spot! We met back at the food court and prayed for the requests. The kids got a bonus confidence booster because they were nervous at first but realized they could do it.

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Meter Ministry

Purchase a roll of quarters and head down to the downtown, business district. Walk through the parking lots and streets and when you see a meter expired or about to, pop in a quarter. Then leave a simple not on the windshield (something like “A little more time compliments of “your church name”).

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Mother’s Day Treat

On Mother’s Day, let the every cell member’s mothers be visited after Church Service maybe or any time before or during Mothers day, and be given a personal cards and a small gift or baked cake or any gift that may be related to the person. The cell member can share in the group the things her or his Mom like the most. She/He can suggest.

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Movie In A Bag

This is a good idea for a reward, raffel, prize or care package. Fill a gift bag with some bags of microwave popcorn, a couple of candybars or movie type candies, some soda and a gift certificate to a local movie rental store.

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Mug Of Love

Our church had a bunch of coffee mugs with the church’s name and address on them that weren’t getting put to any use. So my wife and I came up with the idea of handing out the mugs with a small gift on the inside to our neighbors. We put packs of hot chocolate and tea with information about our church and organization inside the mug. We also put tags on the mugs that read “May the love of Christ warm your heart during these cold winter months.” We had some excellent responses from our neighbors. Many of them were very thankful and it gave the youth an opportunity to do an act of kindness.

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Nursing Home Visitation

Have the youth in grades 5-12 meet at the church on a Wednesday night. Have the youth bring in soaps, lotions, and shampoos to give to the elderly. Then go to a local nursing home. All the elderly really appriciate this act of kindness. It really makes the youth feel good about themselves while helping others.

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