Good Things

Free Lunch

Take your youth group out to dinner, and make sure to keep an eye on the people around you. Look for someone who might be seated alone, or looks “down on their luck”. Have the leader tell the waitress that that persons tab is on your group, and pay for their meal. If desired, leave a little note behind, to let them know they are loved. Another fun one is to order a few extra meals in a “to go” bag, and take them with you. Find a park or safe place for the kids to distribute the food to homeless people. It’s a great feeling for everyone involved to share, and makes great reference to Jesus and His love for us.

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Travelling Thanksgiving

Our youth group of 20 did this a week before Thanksgiving. We all got together at our church kitchen and made all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner. (One of our guys even got up early that day to make fresh bread roll.) By lunchtime we packed all the food in plates and added a Scripture to the top of the plate. We then all got into our church van and went to go look for homeless people that were out in the streets. Happy to say it worked to show our youth how to work as a group and it showes us how blessed we are to have a hot meal everyday. The homeless were also very happy.

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Road Crew Rest Stops

Next time you go on a youth trip or retreat, pack some extra cold drinks and stop and offer them to any working road crews you pass along the way.

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Gas It On!

We have a gas station just down from the church and we go there and offer to pump the gas for everyone who drives up. It also gives us a chance to tell them who we are and give them a card that says we aren’t doing this for money or recognition, but just to demostrate Christ’s love in a practial way. It blows people away.

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Post Random Acts of Kindness

I am on the “justice and service” component of my youth group’s leadership team and I thought that it would be an awesome idea to post a random acts of kindness sheet someplace on a wall or bulletin board where YG meetings are held. During the week members of the YG can make an effort to perform random acts of kindness at school, home, or in their community. Then when they come for youth group they can write down what they did and sign it (if they want too). You could set a goal for how many RAOK you think should be done by the end of the month, or year even. You can twist it any way you want but I think its a great way to get teens thinking about how much one little thing can help someone out, and feel good about themselves when writing it on the random acts of kindness sheet.

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Generous Group Giving

If your group is on a road trip and sees someone holding a sign that reads, “Will Work for Food” or something similar, collect all your spare change and give him/her a bundle. Don’t judge this person or assume that the money will go toward something other than food — just assume the best and give hilariously.

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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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Prayer Board

I am one of our FCA sponsors and in my classroom at school we began to put prayer requests on my board during our bible studies. The news spread throughout the school and kids that did not even come to FCA came in and added to our board and teachers would do the same. Eventually as prayers are answered the kids would begin to come to prayer meetings and we keep growing (Praise the Lord). It has encouraged our members and has been a great witnessing tool. We even now have a Praise Report list for the answered prayers. It has shown the kids the power of prayer. Who says prayer is not in schools! Because it is through our school organization we have not had any trouble with it (that and God’s blessing)!

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Teacher Thank-you’s

Have the youth write thank-you notes to some or all of their school teachers, expressing appreciation for the time they give to their education.

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S’no Charge

If you ever get snow in your area, here’s a “cool” idea for youth pastors and/or youth to do. Grab your snow scoop and go to some houses in your neighborhood. Ask them if they would like to have their sidewalks or driveways cleared. Most people will refuse, thinking that they have to pay. Then, say, “Oh, there’s no charge.” This will blow their minds away. Make sure to clear it as if you where getting paid a lot. When I did this some people insisted on paying me.

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