I came up with this idea after reading Proverbs. Proverbs 3:3-4 says:
“3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man”
So what I did was go to Wal-mart , in the craft section and buy different colors and styles of letter beads, I purchaced some different Christian charms and cool colored beads to spice them up.
We began by doing a short study on mercy and truth and ended on Proverbs 3:3-4. I then explained that we were going to literaly, bind truth and mercy around our necks with some necklaces we were going to make. The only requirement was the beads had to spell out mercy and truth. The rest of the creative proccess was up to them.
And for the part of the scripture that says “Write them on the tablets of your heart”. I made a contest out of who could find, and memorize the most scripture dealing with mercy and truth. This insures the kids are studying the word and helps them to “Write them in there heart” And the winner next youth group, would win a cool prize.
The youth had a ball making there mercy and truth necklaces and really studied the scriptures to find and memorize the most verses to win the prize. And most of my kids still are wearing there necklaces because they have found that they are excellent witnessing tools at school.