Parent & Teen

The Message Remix

Version: The Message (Eugene Peterson)
Publisher: Navpress

God’s Word was meant to be read.

But more than that, it was meant to be understood. It was first written in the language of the people—of fishermen, shopkeepers, and carpenters. The Message gets back to that: You can read it and understand it.

In The Message Remix, there are new verse-numbered paragraphs that will help you study and find favorite passages. Or, you can just read it like a book and let the narrative impact you. After all, it is God’s story, with its heroes and villains, conflicts and resolutions. Either way, it’s God’s Word—the Truth—in a user-friendly form.

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Spirit-Filled Life For Student

Version: NKJV
Publisher: Nelson

There are boxed entries throughout the pages called “Kingdom Dynamics” that focus on 15 crucial Bible topics with the central goal of the subjects presented to relate “power points” of the Holy Spirit- filled life that touch on foundational precepts, life-releasing promises, relational priorities and practical power principles.

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Parent / Teen Bowl

I am going to be putting on a Father & Son pigskin tournament this Father’s Day. After church on a Sunday afternoon in June, I invite the fathers to play flag football. Parents against teens, or if you want teens and parents combined. Either way it keeps them active (something very important for guys) and gives them time to spend alone. At half time, have a speaker deliver the positives on the Father-Son relationship. Then make the connection of our relationship with Christ. Maybe if finances allow, bring in a pro? Either way the goal is for unity and growth between fathers and sons!

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Parent/Teen Night

In the beginning of the school year in September we had our second parent/teen night of the year. Here are some things that we did that made it special and enabled us to connect more deeply with the parents and teens. 1) Special homemade invitations were sent to every family in the church that had a teen who comes or could come to the youth nights 2) We involved the Senior Pastor for the night during the challenge/talk time (I spoke to the teens, he spoke to the parents) 3) A theme was attached to the whole night, e.g. “The Treasure Chest” 4) Have a mixed praise and worship time (youth songs and adult church songs) 5) Have a crowdbreaker that involves the parents and teens working together 6) Have freebies to giveaway that a family or a teen could use (cd’s, gift cert to a fancy restaurant, etc.) 7) Include in your fellowship time a warmly decorated area in the church where you can serve up snacks and drinks 8) Call up places like Starbucks Coffee to donate their services (They do it!) This is all worth it in our effort as youth pastors and leaders to minister to the families we come in contact with every week.
God bless!

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Parent/Teen Night

In the beginning of the school year in September we had our second parent/teen night of the year. Here are some things that we did that made it special and enabled us to connect more deeply with the parents and teens. 1) Special homemade invitations were sent to every family in the church that had a teen who comes or could come to the youth nights. 2) We involved the Senior Pastor for the night during the challenge/talk time (I spoke to the teens, he spoke to the parents). 3) A theme was attached to the whole night, e.g. “The Treasure Chest.” 4) Have a mixed praise and worship time (youth songs and adult church songs). 5) Have a crowdbreaker that involves the parents and teens working together. 6) Have freebies to giveaway that a family or a teen could use (cd’s, gift cert to a fancy restaurant, etc.) 7) Include in your fellowship time a warmly decorated area in the church where you can serve up snacks and drinks. 8) Call up places like Starbucks Coffee to donate their services (They do it!) This is all worth it in our effort as youth pastors and leaders to minister to the families we come in contact with every week.

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Parent/Teen Banquet

At the end of the school year we have an annual banquet for the youth group. All the food is cooked and served by the teenagers to the parents. We then have a presentation of awards. Some awards are serious for bowling, putt-putt tournaments, etc. Other awards are goofy in nature; for example we have given out a gold album (record painted gold) to someone who is always singing. We also have a computer presentation of pictures from the past years youth events, with comedic commentary of course!

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Who Knows You Best?

Play a game similar to the “Newlywed Game” Only have the parents and the teenagers play. Do a round with both parents against the teen or the dad or mom individually against the teen. (Hint: it is harder with the dads). Have a show host, make a small set with some kind of theme music, and have brief intros about the other person (perhaps have youth profile written by parents and vice-versa).

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Turkey Bowl

In November, invite parents to play flag football against the youth group. After the game is over, parents provide chili, crackers, cheese and drinks for a time to warm up and fellowship. This is a great outreach to invite all your unsaved parents and teens to.

We have done this for the last six years straight and it is always a great time. Dress warm!

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Revolve NT Teen Bible

Version: New Century Version
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

A Bible that looks like a magazine!

In focus groups, online polling, and one-on-one discussion, Transit has found that the number one reason teens don’t read the Bible is that it is “too big and freaky looking.” This fashion-magazine format for the New Testament is the perfect solution to that problem. Teen girls feel comfortable exploring the Scriptures and over 500 further-study notes because of the relevant format!

Product Features:
* Blabs (Q & A)
* 12 month-long calendars
* Love Notes from God
* Issue articles
* Basics of Christianity Articles
* Quizzes
* Beauty Secrets
* Guys Speak Out!
* Relationship articles
* Truth or Dares
* Devotional Reading Plans
* and more . . .
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Serendipity Student Bible

Version: NIV
Publisher: Zondervan

This is a very good student Bible to use. It is filled with questions for discussion and 120 lesson plans. There are questionnaires throughout to help the students think and understand the passage better.

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