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tips for youth workersAPRIL 2015

 Ah, May is almost here.  Time to begin thinking about summer vacations and shutting things down at the corps.  Wait.  Stop!  Now is the time to consider how you are going to successfully extend your regular programming into the summer months.  Remember, not everyone goes away to the cottage for three months.
When planning for the summer consider the following:
  • beginning now -- team teaching summer volunteers with Sunday school teachers to gain experience
  • running an outreach VBS
  • meeting the needs of neighbourhood kids through a day camp
  • checking out Gospel Light Publishing’s KidsTime Bible Electives curriculum or try out WordAction’s Gonna Make Some Noise curriculum (Remember WordAction and Scripture Press are our official Sunday school curriculums)
  • having Sunday school on a different day and/or at a different time
  • establishing a youth group service project
  • running a multiage Sunday school.  That means breaking the kids down by ages (try a 3-4 year age span, i.e., 4-6 years, 7-10 years, 11-13 years and teens) it doesn’t mean everyone all together!
  • using a special theme each week
  • having ongoing craft projects
  • think missions.  Invite families with kids on homeland furlough to visit and talk about their experiences.
  • hosting BBQ’s, picnics, fireworks, and family nights to build relationships with the entire family and your community
  • having Sunday school on a weeknight and include something for every age group (0-100 years!)
  • develop a roster of substitute teachers
  • take the addresses of your young people with you and send them a postcard from your vacation spot
  • create an exciting and informative visitor’s packet to give out to the visitors in your church (young or old)
  • make vacation kits (“Just for Kids” papers, worksheets for lessons they will miss, a letter from you, books, crayons or markers, games and dollar store toys) give to children when they are going to be travelling
  • conduct interviews with children who have been away asking about where they went and what they did
  • begin now in April/May to complete a “Vacation Calendar” that tells who will be gone on which dates
  • PRAY for your young people each week over the summer months
  • try something NEW, INNOVATIVE and CREATIVE!

THINK ABOUT IT

Remember closing down all of your children and youth ministry programs shouldn’t be an option.  True, workers like to leave town and go on vacation, BUT there are many young people left behind who have nothing to look forward to all summer.  Make sure your church is the bright spot in their summer!

 
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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: http://rachelwojo.com/prayer-journal-printables/