Outreach & Witnessing

No Fear Fest

On Trick-or-Treat night, I had my cousin Mark, who is a DJ, bring his equipment (sound and lights) and we had a rave at our house and played all Christian techno, dance and hip hop songs. We strung up Christmas lights in my carport and he put his strobe lights out on my porch. I took window markers and painted my car up and drove it around that entire week like that, with our website and all the information about the event on the windows! We contacted every church and Christian family we knew and asked for food and candy donations for the event. We passed out a TON of candy, tracts and flyers about our ministry. We also had worship dancers, human videos (skits) and singers from our group performing in our front yard. We had tons and tons of kids pass by and get candy, free pop and hot dogs. We invited all our teen and young adult friends over because nothing draws a crowd like a crowd. We danced, played hacky sack and goofed off in the carport and it really drew a crowd. Our neighborhood still remembers us as “those people who passed out free food and had a rave at their house”.

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Old Fashioned Caroling

A simple idea, yet one which our group loves to do. Instead of doing the standard Christmas Caroling at a nursing home or hospital, we go out into our church’s neighborhood. We take along with us some church business cards that have a prayer on the back. We make sure to only knock on doors of people who have Christmas decorations up, and we designate one person to be the doorbell ringer. People LOVE to see youth at their doorstep doing something positive. After we’re done, we invite them to church and give them a card.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Senior Adult Dinner

Since Senior Adult day is during the month of May, our youth sponsored a Senior Adult Dinner for persons in the Senior Adult Sunday School class. We sent formal invitations which included a ticket for their meal. Youth volunteered to be welcomers, photographers, servers, cooks, clean-up, etc. The youth, with the help of volunteer Youth Workers, prepared the meal of turkey, dressing, vegetables, desserts, etc. Afterwards, door prizes were given (i.e. plants used for decoration). This service project for the senior adults made our youth realize the importance of serving others (respecting senior adults) as well as how important senior adults are to our church. In turn, the senior adults felt proud that the young people thought of them to have such a special dinner. To some of the senior adults, you would have thought they had gone to the prom!

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Senior Center Outreach

If you have a group of willing servents in your youth group, then set a date on your calendar to help local senior citizens in the community. You will need to make a sign that says that your youth group is willing to do odd jobs for senior citizens in the community simply because Jesus loves them. Put your church number on the sign and the date of the event. You should also consider limiting it to the first 10 to 20 people that call depending on the size of your group. Otherwise, you will be working for weeks on end! Next, post the sign at the town senior center and watch the calls come in.
When the day arives, have tracts on hand and some literature on your church. Accept no money because you are doing it to be a blessing and a witness for Jesus Christ.

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