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tips for youth workersNOVEMBER 2015


Everyone likes to know that they have been noticed, missed, or be made to feel welcome or special.  In this day and age of text messages, Facebook posts and email, it’s now a thrill to get something in the mail.  The next time you want to say “We missed you last week,” “Thanks for visiting with us,” “We hope you’re feeling better,” and “Happy Birthday to you” send a note or card in the mail.  You can get more mileage out of your mail by enclosing a small mailable gift in an envelope.  Kids still get excited over the simple things.
Here’s some ideas to choose from:
  1. Bookmarks (you can buy these or make your own colourful ones)
  2. Stickers
  3. Temporary Tattoos
  4. Gum
  5. Baseball, Bible character, SONday’SCOOL Super Hero trading cards or create Ready to Serve cards
  6. Coupons to local activities (mini-golf, bowling, museums, etc.)
  7. McDonald Gift Cards
  8. Photos of Group Events
  9. Letters from the Children in your ministry group
  10. Hair accessories for girls
  11. Dairy Queen Gift Cards
  12. Certificates for Goodies
  13. Witness Bracelets
  14. Fruit to Go bars
  15. Tickets for Future Events
  16. Small Magic Tricks
  17. Printed Cartoons from internet or newspaper
  18. Themed Erasers
  19. Fancy Shoe Strings
  20. Keys (Child brings key to your program… if it unlocks a lock on a treasure chest kept in classroom, the child keeps the treasure.)
  21. Crayons with Bible Colouring Page (Bible Story Color Pages or Bible Verse Coloring Pages from Gospel Light – order through Supplies and Purchasing Dept.)
  22. Birthday Candles (for those celebrating birthdays)
  23. Packages of Koolaid or Hot Chocolate
Remember a simple gift is a great way to reach out to the children who have visited or are involved in your ministry.  Make the most of every opportunity to say “You are IMPORTANT to us!”

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  1. Comment from Laura Hickman, May 5, 2014 12:15pm

    I recently discovered the "CHAT Prayer Plan" and thought it could be useful with older children.
    C- Cheer God on for who He is (what about God makes you glad? Example: God You are an awesome God)
    H- Humble Yourself (If Jesus were to tour your heart or journey with you for a day, what would he find? Asking forgiveness for times we've made mistakes)
    A- Appreciate what God has done (expressing thanks to God)
    T- Tell God your needs

    This can be found at: