Outreach & Witnessing

Bottled Water Outreach

For times in which you wish to involve your youth group in a ministry to the people in your community you can add this idea to your list of things to do.

On a day that is particularly hot go out and purchase a few cases of bottled water (Popsicles are another idea… make sure they’re frozen, though) and a couple bags of ice, and then place them in a some ice chests.

Choose a way to get your youth group name or church name on the ice chests for people to see. You can simply place it on a piece of paper taped to its front or let the students in your youth group find a creative way to display it.

Then, choose an area to visit in your community where large groups of people migrate to and/or participate in different sports or other physical activities. Some such places might include a skate park, or other community park/gathering place.

Once you have chosen and made it to your location have your students get into groups of three or more and give them a certain amount of time to offer and hand out the cooled water bottles to those in the park.

Make sure to give your students ideas of what to say to curious people who might offer them questions concerning their gesture of kindness.

Overall, this is great way for the teens of your group to get involved in sharing the love of Christ through their actions.

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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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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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Barn Party

All you need to do is find a barn/warehouse in/around your community and ask for permission to use. Then you can find a local band to play at the event(or like we have done a local christian radio) and bring out food and play some games like Capture the Flag and other “war” games that will get teenagers pumped up.

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