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Youth Group Idea: Sponsor the Local Sports Calendars

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Money is always tight and precious youth group funds from car washes and bake sales need to be spent wisely. An idea we are experimenting with this season is sponsoring the local high school school sports calendars. Maybe contact your local high school and see if there’s a last minute spot or one they still need to fill you can get on the cheap! Simple way to get your ministry in front of students in the community.

JG

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GUEST POST: Helping 5th Graders Become 6th Graders

In June, we will be saying goodbye to our current group of 8th graders and saying hello to a new batch of 6th graders. When students move from kids ministry to middle school or student ministry, there’s typically some anxiety involved— for both the students and their parents. Here is the plan that we (middle school) and our kids ministry have come up with to help make the transition a great one.

  1. Teaching in Kids Ministry – Since February, I’ve started teaching in kids ministry one weekend per month. The goal is to familiarize the soon-to-be 6th graders with me and for me to meet several of them, too. This month, I’m going to start taking a couple of our key middle school volunteers with me.
  2. Special 5th Grader-Only Event – Toward the end of May, some members of our volunteer team and I are going to throw an event exclusively for the incoming 6th graders. Staff and volunteers from the kids ministry will be invited, as well. I’m not sure what the event is going to look like yet… maybe a Nerf Gun War in the worship center (just don’t tell our facilities director)
  3. 6th Grade Connection Night – This will be an event at the beginning of June for incoming 6th graders and their parents. It will take place in the kids auditorium and will give our leadership team a chance to introduce ourselves to students and parents. We’ll also play a game, have the Kids Pastor give a brief message, and wrap up with some kind of dessert (last year we did an ice cream sundae bar). As parents check in, we’ll make sure to get their contact info and put our summer events calendar in their hands.
  4. “Kidnapping” the 6th Graders – The weekend before the students promote, we’re going to send a few of our middle school leaders, armed with water guns and bandanas, to the kids area to “kidnap” the incoming 6th graders and take them to the middle school service. Once they get there, we’ll have a special VIP section set up for them and they’ll get to hang out in our service for about 30 minutes. We’ll play “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” and probably rig it to make sure the 5th grade contestant wins. This is a fun, memorable way to get the incoming 6th graders excited for middle school.
  5. Serving at Vacation Bible School – Our church does Vacation Bible School the Monday through Friday leading up to promotion weekend. One of the members of our middle school team and I will be the leaders of the 5th grade group that week. This was huge for us last year, as we had 15 solid hours with our incoming students days before they joined our ministry.
  6. Summer KickOff BBQ and Pool Party – For the past several years, one of our key volunteers has graciously opened his spacious backyard and pool for the first official event of the middle school summer calendar. It takes place on the Thursday of Vacation Bible School and is for both our current students and our soon-to-be-6th graders. Because the new 6th graders haven’t officially promoted by this point, we welcome them as special guests to get a taste of our middle school community.
  7. 6th Grade Party – On promotion Sunday, we are going to dedicate the final 15 minutes of our service to the new 6th graders. We’ll take them into a different room where they’ll get some kind of treat (last year we did Root Beer floats) and a special welcome by a few members of our leadership team. Afterward, they’ll take turns writing their names down on dry erase boards and then getting their pictures taken, which gives our leaders the ability to study and memorize their names.

What is your transition strategy? I’d love to hear what some of you are doing to welcome your new class of students this year.

Taylor Bird is the Middle School Pastor at Southwest Church in Indian Wells, CA. He has been serving in youth ministry for about five years.

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Saddleback HSM Weekend in Review: Volume 237

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Weekend Teaching Series: Best Year Ever: STORIES: Summer Camp edition (1-off)
Sermon in a Sentence: God is all about changing lives, be transformed here every week and once a year up at summer camp.
Service Length: 67 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend we kicked off our registration for summer camp with a Stories weekend. A Stories weekend is when we don’t have a “message” in the typical format, but allow students to share their stories with the entire group. Without a doubt, it is one of the most powerful messages we give every year, too! The students worked hard to prepare their story as well as had someone from our student ministry read through it with them and their parents signed off as well.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This week we had a fun game called Egg Roulette as well as a strong video near the front of the program. We also played last year’s summer camp highlight video which was powerful and also brought back a ton of good memories from last year. Tons of students involved, great volunteers and a really fun, clean program.

Music Playlist: Alive, Oceans, Let It Be Known, He Is Alive

Favorite Moment: So many great moments – my favorite for sure being when Justin cut his head open playing Egg Roulette. Simple, fun game that apparently is near lethal, too. Hahhaahah … just glad he didn’t get a concussion. In all seriousness, my favorite moment is for sure when a student gathers up the courage to share. SO powerful, the story of a changed life!

Up next: 50 Days of Transformation (church-wide campaign, week 1 of 7)

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HSM Summer Camp Music Video

Is it already time to talk about Summer Camp? Believe it or not … we’ve already started! Here’s a fun video from this past weekend in our high school ministry, a throwback music video to help get promotion for our biggest event of the year started!

JG

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POLL: When Do You Promote Students Up a Grade?

Each church is different in the timing of promoting students to the next grade – wanted to get an idea from our blog community when most churches promoted students. Here at my church we promote students the week after school ends so everyone moves up for summer events and is pretty well adjusted heading into the new school year. How about you? Vote now!

JG

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Simple, fun way to promote your next event

Tonight I spoke at an event called “DATE NIGHT: a marital shot in the arm

It was a wonderful eventing that Jim Burns, myself and our team at HomeWord put together in partnership with Mariners Church Mission Viejo. It was a blast and one we’re going to do again in 11 weeks.
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In addition to the standard “remember-the-date” promotional material, we tried something new.

A wonderfully talented woman in the church created a chalk drawing of a husband/wife (see photo of me & Jim Burns–weird, I know) which had the date of the next DATE NIGHT event. Couples used this creative photo backdrop for memory photos and will upload them to their Facebook page… in addition to a fun photo/memory, they left tonight (1/25/13) with a reminder of the next event. Simple, easy idea! Rip off this idea.

If you’re in Southern CA… I’ll find out the name/contact information of the woman who created this and you might be able to use her for your event. I imagine the price is real reasonable–you can look for yourself here (vickifrazierstudios.com).

Question: what unique/special/creative ways do you use to promote events? Share them here.

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Sex promotional video


A lot of us youth ministry-type folks will let students know what’s ahead by promoting a new series… especially when promoting a sex series. Here’s a silly video that Josh Griffin and I used for our relationship series called, Facebook Official: friends, love, marriage & sex”.

The video that we used for the promo is below, and the 5 week series is located here for real cheap (see www.downloadyouthministry.com).


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PS: critics–this was intended to be a humor video.


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I COULD USE YOUR HELP! Student Leadership Conference

Over the years I’ve heard something similar to, “Doug, thanks so much for sharing your resources and letting us take your name off and put our name on…so helpful…if there’s anything I could ever do for you, let me know.” It’s such a gracious statement and I never really have anything specific to say to this brother/sister youth worker. Until now… I could use your help getting the word out about our NEW Student Leadership Conference if you’re interested in helping.

I believe in this conference so much that I need/want to ask for help. Will you please help me spread the word to (1) youth workers you know, (2) with networks you are connected to, (3) on blogs you write, and (4) on Facebook pages you update?

We did this conference for several years when I was the youth pastor at Saddleback, but when I left we stopped the conference because it’s such a big task on an already-busy youth ministry team. Now that I’ve got some help from the folks at Azusa Pacific University, we’re brining it back. It’s really a great conference! Student leaders (& potential leaders) are challenged not to just sit in youth group and be spectators…we raise the bar! It’s deep, fun, interactive, challenging…and about the cheapest conference in America! It’s only $99 for 3 days (which includes most meals). HERE ARE THE ALL THE DETAILS! July 5-8
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Please help us get the word out, and if you want to bring your kids to southern California in July…by all means, come join us!

Here are some options where you can help…

Customize a half-page promo card (PDF)
Customize a full-page promo card (PDF)
Promote using the SLC2011 logo (JPEG)
Get creative with the SLC2011 logo (Photoshop File)
Use this set of Multimedia Backgrounds (ZIP file)
Become a Fan of SLC2011 on Facebook and SHARE the page with Friends

Thank you for believing in this generation of young leaders. I think we are all confident that they will have great Kingdom impact when given the right tools and opportunities to serve their schools, churches, families, and communities. I assure you this conference will be a catalyst for that kind of servant leadership in young people.

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Also, let me know if choose to help! Thanks.

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