Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.
We also need to be invested in youth because mentoring is a cycle. Youth need to have someone pouring into them so they can pour into someone else. In our church, the youth help teach the children’s Sunday School class every few months. Because of this, the youth became friends with a 10-year old named Jeffrey. This past August, Jeffrey was diagnosed with a very rare form of leukemia. Our church rallied in ways I have never seen a church rally.
The class of 2020 has lost so much. Graduations are canceled, and celebrations are postponed. Summer plans for college orientations, internships, and fun are on hold. For many of us, we can’t physically gather with our seniors to recognize them and celebrate with them right now, but that doesn’t need to hold us back. Our seniors deserve to be honored in big ways! We polled some veteran youth workers to see what they are doing and compiled a list of the best ideas we’ve found for honoring and celebrating your senior class in the midst of these crazy times.
Invite your families to load up in the car, ALL ages are welcome, and pray for their community. Prayer is always a Christian essential, but right now it feels incredibly important and one of the primary ways we can be supporting our community. This driving prayer station guide was written for families to use specifically during this Pandemic and includes scripture, reflections, and prayers for families to read and pray as they drive through their community stopping and praying in specific locations.
Now, more than ever, we all need space for laughter, interaction, and engagement with youth, and what better way to create this space then through a youth ministry staple: games! However, facilitating games with youth when we cannot be physically together presents its challenges. We serve a creative God, can we get creative with our game creation during these unprecedented times? Check out these tested and proven youth ministry games created by other youth workers in the same boat as you!
CYMT equips leaders to do just that. Be bold. Be models. Be educated in ways to help challenge, embolden, and shape the lives of the young people we come into contact with. It is a gift and there is nothing else like it. I am so thankful for the ways CYMT has shaped my personal life as well as the ministry of Fulton First United Methodist Church.
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