Parent & Teen

Family Picnic

Have a family picnic for the youth group and their families. Have each family pack a picnic and meet at a park or a place large enough for everyone. If there is a lake nearby have a family fishing tournament. Don’t forget to check the weather before you plan.

For Parents Only

Have youth put on a Parents-Only Car Wash. Schedule a Sunday afternoon to hold the carwash at your church. One week before the car wash, have kids create car wash coupons and deliver them to their parents. Then on the day of the wash, have kids wash any parent’s car who brings in the coupon. Don’t take any donations. Let this be an opportunity for kids to give something to their parents – no strings attached.

God’s Word For Students

Version: God’s Word
Publisher: World Bible

Life is the final exam. Fortunately, it’s open book. This Bible includes a very easy-to-read translation along with 365 daily devotions written by 24 top youth workers across the U.S., hundreds of life-track notes — short topical studies that relate to a passage, a one-year Bible reading plan, and an index of devotions and life-track notes, book introductions, and much more. Perfect for the young Christian at any level.

Hot Spots

Have parents and kids get to know each other better by including a “Hot Spot” column in your church or youth newsletter. In each newsletter, feature a biographical sketch of one young person and one parent. Group members can volunteer to be reporters and interview each “Hot Spot” person. Reporters can ask about unusual hobbies, dreams for the future, and one thing the featured people would like to tell their parents (or children). In addition to being a fun feature, these columns will help kids and parents understand each other better.

Life App. Bible For Students

Version: NKJV or Living
Publisher: Tyndale House

The Life Application Bible For Students includes Moral Dilemma notes that utilize real-life situations and biblical guidance, Megathemes that relate significant book themes to everyday life, Ultimage Issue notes addressing tough questions such as “Does God Exist?”, personal testimonies by students who explain how they applied the Scripture to difficult situations in their lives, and numerous life application notes, profiles on important biblical characters. Great for the studious Christian looking for gobs of information.

Message Remix 2.0 Hardcover

Message Remix 2.0 Hardcover
By: Eugene H. Peterson
ISBN: 1600060021

The Message Remix 2.0 is packed with a variety of features ideal for
students and youth pastors. This latest version of the best selling Message
Remix is 20% thinner than its predecessor and includes expanded book
introductions, a topical concordance of student related material and
reference resources with maps and charts. As always, the Remix includes the
exclusive Message numbering system.

* 20% thinner than the original
* Expanded introductions to each book of the Bible including unique
information about the author and events in world history
* New topical concordance of issues students face every day
* Fresh new binding styles, textures and colors selected by hundreds of
high school and college students from across the country.
* Charts that explain the chronological order of the Old Testament and
New Testament books.
* Five new handcrafted maps
* Exclusive Message verse numbering system
* 7″ x 5.25″
* 1856 pages
* Hardcover

New Student Bible

Version: NIV
Publisher: Zondervan

Includes a three-track reading plan, overview of each book of the Bible, Highlights and Insights (in-text notes and articles), student subject guide, and a Where to Find It page. Good for the more mature Christian who doesn’t need all of the extra study notes, devotions, etc.

One Minute Bible 4 Students

Version: Living
Publisher: Garborg’s

Divides the Bible into daily readings throughout the year, coupled with commentary written by youth pastor and author Doug Fields. The title, look, and feel are all very “youthy.” Excellent for new Christians and those you have difficulty getting to read anything.

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!

Parent-Teenager Covenant

Plan a parent-teen meeting on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Contact a local counselling centre. Ask for them to provide a guest speaker and resources for the meeting. First meet with parents and teens together and listen to the speaker. Then separate the youth and the parents. Each group gets a sheet of paper and pencil. Have each group write a covenant that covers two areas:
1.) What is considered a bad choice (i.e.: riding in car driven by drunk friend)
2.) What consequences should occur if a teen makes a bad choice (i.e.: not allowed to see friend for 1 month)
Gather parents and kids, compare the 2 versions and reach a compromise. Make copies of the covenant and give one to each family. Have all family members sign their covenant as a symbol of making responsible choices concerning alcohol and drugs. Then have a Teen-Parent Covenant, complete with consequences if a parent used alcohol or drugs.

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!

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.

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!

Promise Bible For Students

Version: Contemporary English Version

This version has been described as “user-friendly” and a “mission-driven” translation that can be read aloud without stumbling, heard without misunderstanding, and listened to with enjoyment and appreciation, because the language is contemporary and the style is lucid and lyrical. The Promise Bible for Students will challenge you and encourage you; excite you and amaze you. It can start a revolution in your heart and ignite a passion for God like you’ve never known. It can inspire you to go out and change your world. This is a Bible you can understand-no big, old-fashioned words. When you read it, you’ll find that the Bible is as easy to understand as a magazine. In the Contemporary English Version, the Word of God really speaks your language. Ron Luce, President of Teen Mania Ministries is Consulting Editor for The Promise Bible.

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 . . .
http://www.thomasnelson.com/consumer/dept.asp?dept_id=17100

Roll And Discuss

Parents and teens play a game of dice to ask questions of each other in a fun environment. Make four large dice out of cardboard – the dice should be about 4 inches square on each face. Using post it notes, the parents will write questions they would like to ask their kids – such as “what did you think of your first date?” Have you ever been pressured to use drugs?; The kids likewise write out questions for their parents to answer “How did you know mom/dad was the “right” one?” “What was your most embarrassing moment in front of someone of the opposite sex?” etc. Two of the dice are covered with the postits written by the parents (one postit for each face); two of the dice are covered with the kids’ postits. The group sits in a circle and the dice are passed. Each person rolls two dice (the kids roll the dice with the parent’s questions, and the adults roll the dice with the kids questions). Two questions will come up – the roller picks one of the two questions and answers it. This game was surprisingly fun because both the questions and the answers were insightful.

Secret Service

Involve parents in youth ministry without requiring the normal rigors of volunteer leadership. Try Parents in Secret Service. Recruit a group of parents to act as secret encouragers for your kids. Give each parent a portion of the names on your youth group roll and gave the spend six months anonymously affirming their assigned kids. Parents can send encouraging notes, leave small surprise gifts at youth meetings or send balloons on birthdays. At the end of the 6 months, have a servants-revealed party where kids meet their secret encouragers and express their appreciation. *** I bet baked goods would be very welcome!

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.

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.

Starting Point Study Bible

The “Starting Point Study Bible” is published by Zondervan. I like it so much because it is a good Bible for students who are new to the Christian faith. “Starting Point” has bold words every so often that the students (even adults/youth workers) can refer to in the back glossary concerning what that word means. Also in the back it has a section called ‘Glossary of Christian Jargon’ which tries to help define and clarify Christian Jargon in a general way.

The glossaries are great for students new to the faith and even for students that have been Christians but are still learning (aka everyone). I just graduated from an undergrad university with a Ministry/Theology major and I love “Starting Point” because it helps me to remember things that I sometimes think everyone already knows. “Starting Point” helps the Bible become real. It is a GNT translation (Good News Translation) but it is still a really good Bible.