Program

Is it still a Sabbath Sunday?

Sundays in a large church with an average worship attendance of about 1100-1400 people begins at approximately 7:30 AM.  The preaching pastor prepares for the first service and spends some quiet time in reflection with God.  A group comes in and prays for him/her and then begins the marathon of three worship services; 8:30 – 9:45 – 11:00.  Following the ...

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UMYFreeze….

Did you know that the use of UMYF (specifically the F) went out of existence over a decade ago? Of course you didn't & many haven't either. I don't think it was ever a bang, but our church dropped the "F" from UMYF because we were more than just fellowship. (take a look at our mixed message)

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Contemplative Lent Worship : Freebie Resource

We did a Contemplative Christmastide Worship resource back in November and people seemed to really like that. So why not put together something similar for Lent. This is designed to be about a 45 minute worship active experience with prayer stations and other meditations. It is totally adaptable if you want to break it apart and use a bit of ...

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A Practical Guide to Use with “Book, Bath, Table and Time” by Fred P. Edie

HOLY THINGS FOR YOUTH MINISTRY 13 PRACTICAL SESSIONS BRIAN HARDESTY-CROUCH, ED. ISBN/Prod. Code: 978-0-8298-1853-6 USA $14.00 Note – This item is expected to ship the end of December. A guide to Book, Bath, Table, and Time: Christian Worship as Source and Resource for Youth Ministry by Fred P. Edie (The Pilgrim Press, 2007). “Finally a resource that helps us to connect to ‘The Source!’ ...

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3 Questions (part 2)

In the past two weeks we passed along a program idea called “3 Questions,” promoting an evening of unscripted family discussion. If you missed it on our Facebook page or in our email, you can check out the details out here: 3 Questions : Parent & Teen Program February 1, 2011 As a follow up to that article, I promised to ...

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Brand YOUth Ministry

Last month I did a session at Perkins School of Youth Ministry on “branding” ones youth ministry (the image above is my whiteboard, minus that “revitalize church” not sure what that’s from). Brand, is a very ambiguous term. In many ways its best to understand what some brands are. Mac/Apple, has the bitten apple logo. McDonald’s has the big yellow ...

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3 Questions : Parent & Teen Program

Building A Philosophy Of Sustainable Youthwork

Last fall I was in bed for a month and a half with a back injury that eventually led to surgery. While I was down for the count, an idea for a new family program came to me. It’s entirely possible that it was a painkiller-induced vision, but when we tried it the first time two weeks ago it went ...

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Sunday or Wednesday Night Program 1

Pictures of God Supplies: Sidewalk chalk, 2 pieces per youth Sidewalk with plenty of space to draw Bibles and pens – 1 for every 2 youth Slips of paper with different Scripture for each group Game: Human Foosball – set the youth up in 2 teams like a foosball table. A typical table has rows of 1 by each goal, ...

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