By Center for Youth Ministry Training 5/28/19
We polled our CYMT alumni and coaches for some summer programming ideas—the little things that they do during the summer that don’t require fundraising or packing a suitcase.
Instead of a routine Bible study of sitting around asking each other questions, try a “Bible Do.” Focus on a verse or passage in the Bible and then go out and do an action that revolves around that verse or passage. Some ideas might include:
-Prayer walks in local neighborhoods
-Share prayer requests by laying in the grass and looking up at the sky
-Have students bring in an object/cheap gift that represents themselves to give away like a white elephant gift exchange
-Ask people for prayer requests at Sonic
-Randomly paying for someone’s meal at a restaurant
-Sing praise songs and shouting out praises to God at local parks
-Writing encouragement letters
-Seeking God in solitude
-Visiting homebound church members
-Going to church members’ houses and praying for them
-And most of all letting students come up with ideas they want to “DO” inspired by scripture.
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
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.