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Funny Friday #21

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The expression is hilarious!

FREE Thanksgiving Lessons and Games

happy thanksgiving youth ministry lessons and games

Here is a full month of Thanksgiving lessons and also games for you to do for this month thanks to YouthMinistry360.com – make sure you check them out!

Week 1: Expressing Thanks

Lesson Objective: To help help students discover how 3 people in the Bible responded with thanks to God’s blessings, and lead students to be more thankful in their day-to-day lives.

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Expressing-Thanks-mages-Activity-Sheet

 

Week 2: Changing Thankfulness

Lesson Objective: To help students understand how offering thanks to God expanded throughout the Bible, and what that means as they look for ways to offer their own thanks to God.

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Changing Thankfulness

Changing Thankfulness powerpoint

 

Week 3: Thankful in All Things

Lesson Objective: To help students understand that a thankful heart involves more than just words and thoughts; it’s a spiritual attitude that develops when we give God thanks for all things.

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ym360_Thanksgiving_Student Guide

Thanksgiving powerpoint

 

Week 4: Thankful in Praise

Lesson Objective: At a time when we are mindful of all we have, the proper response to God’s blessings is to praise Him for the favor He has showed us, and the great things He has done in our lives.

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Thanksgiving powerpoint

 

Thanksgiving Games:

Thanksgiving Games

Music Video Devo

Music Video Devo

If a picture is worth a thousand words – then a video is worth a million??? IDK – but we know that music is a powerful tool and so is video. I don’t know how many times that I have shared a video and watched the students “tune-in”.

So try doing a video devo with your students. Pick out a Christian music video and watch it with your students and then have discussion about the video itself. You may want to watch the video once – have some discussion and then watch the video a second time to see if there is anything else that can be added to your discussion.

Prepare questions to have before you meet together. Break up into small groups to have better quality discussion as some students don’t like speaking out in front of a larger crowd.

Make sure to tie in the scriptures that the video is representing and have discussion about that too.

Alternatively you could have students make a music video with some strategically themed scripture verses being played out or lived out in the video and try to have the group then find what the theme/scripture is that they were going for.

 

Themed Youth Events

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How long has it been since you did a themed youth night? Having a themed youth event is something that can attract new students while also doing something fun for the existing students that are interested in the theme.

The reasons to do this can be:

Fun – sometimes the goal is to have fun together and build positive memories that help students stay connected and associate good times with their youth ministry. We can all remember a fun event/s that we did with a youth ministry and so it builds an attraction or reason that some students would want to go and also it gives great opportunity to introduce them to God – either at a different even or maybe even the event itself has a discussion time where God is being introduced.

Outreach – Sometimes the goal is very focused in on outreach. The event is being planned strategically to get students in the community to show up. This type of event is often highly fun, may cost more because you are trying to bring things to the table that would make a student want to check it out. The goal is to share the gospel at some point of the event.

Building community – Sometimes a themed event is just good to build community within your existing youth ministry. Strengthening relationships within the youth ministry can be important to produce a more committed group of students. This may mean a leadership team, or it may mean just strengthening some relationships within the group.

Check out the old but still cool highlight of a Survivorz Lock-In event:

What benefits do you find in doing themed events?

Worship Song Message

worship song

We all know and understand the power of music! So many times we sing songs but rarely take the time to ever breakdown what the song is really about. Take the time to contemplate a song’s lyrics. What does it mean scripturally? What emotions does the song evoke? What does the song generally say? What does the song specifically say? Themes? Application?

This youth ministry idea is something that I think could be very powerful. Every youth ministry has those songs that the students all generally like. You can tell because they get into it more. Why not take a night and have your message be about one of their favorites? Explain the song – give it greater depth the next time they sing it. A song can make a great impact, but can make even a greater impact when you fully understand what it is saying.

Here is a favorite currently:

Stronger

There is love that came for us
Humbled to a sinner’s cross
You broke my shame and sinfulness
You rose again victorious

Faithfulness none can deny
Through the storm and through the fire
There is truth that sets me free
Jesus Christ who lives in me

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

No beginning and no end
You’re my hope and my defense
You came to seek and save the lost
You paid it all upon the cross

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all
There is none

So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher, be lifted higher
So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher, be lifted higher

So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher, be lifted higher
So let Your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher, be lifted higher

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

You are stronger, You are stronger
Sin is broken, You have saved me
It is written, Christ is risen
Jesus You are Lord of all

Contemplate. Dwell. Meditate. Absorb.

 

So to do this:

– Write or type out the song

– Find supporting scriptures for the lyrics

– Ask questions about the song – like the questions I asked earlier in this post

– Have a couple of students do some research on the song before the meeting

– Have a time of prayer about the song

– Sing the song together – if possible with just an acoustic guitar or maybe even “a cappella” if your group is capable