One great way of encouraging youth workers, is to share what's happening with your own student ministry. I know a number of youth workers who do this, and it has been super helpful to me. I have been able to learn, collect a few new ideas and discover some really cool resources. So starting today, I want to start a new kind of blog entry. Each Wednesday, I hope to share what our student ministry is doing at our weekly student gatherings.
First a little background...
My student ministry gathers every Tuesday evening. We meet from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. I have been with my group only since June 1, so I'm still within my first year getting to know these students. The program was good. There were some leaders, mostly interns from the local college. About 20 to 30 students. But the program had very little infrastructure leaving the program as a whole unhealthy and unsustainable. Because the ministry was run by interns, every couple of years brought a new rotation of leaders, ideas, and leadership dynamics. One of my roles is to build a sustainable ministry with the necessary structure and strategy for ongoing ministry and growth. We are now in a season of rebuilding.
At the beginning of 2020, we made the decision to split our little group, creating a Middle School Ministry for students in grades 6-8 and a High School Ministry for students in grades 9-12. To do this, we have started meeting together for our main program, then splitting for games and age specific hang out. Eventually we hope to have enough students to run 2 independent groups complete with worship, teaching, games, and activities.
(I feel like there is some good content coming as we rebuild this ministry, so watch for future posts on our sustainable developments.)
Here's the rundown of our Tuesday Night...
Date: Tuesday, March 3rd. 2020
Theme for the Night: OREO Night
Series Title: Help! I'm A Teenager! A Guide for the Teenager.
Message Title: Relationships
Countdown Video: 5 minutes
- Night Drive, DYM (Night Drive Countdown Video)
Welcome Video: 4 minutes
- I took a DYM game and turned it into a 4 minute video that invited our students to play along as the images came on screen. The game was called, Did They OREO It?
Announcements: 3 minutes
- Ice Skating, March 8th, 2020.
- The New TikTok account (tiktok.com/c3students)
Upfront Game: 10 minutes
- Face the Cookie (youtu.be/oLvLVL_rfD4)
- You can watch our version of the game below.
Worship: 15 minutes
- Oceans (Rend Collective version)
- This is Amazing Grace (Phil Wickham)
- WayMaker (Leeland)
Message: 25 minutes
- Help! I'm A Teenager! Week 1
- Relationships (Watch a short series intro...)
After the message, the middle school students were dismissed to our game space for games and fun. Our high school students moved to our hang out space.
Because we were celebrating the OREO cookie, we asked parents and friends of our student ministry to donate a variety of OREO cookie flavors. We received a ton of cookies which made the night, and our "feast" special. Oh, and let's not forget the milk. We had plenty of white and chocolate milk for dunking and drinking.
It was a great night. We stayed on time, utilized some great resources and made good use of our time with students. Celebrating the OREO cookie was easy and the students really enjoyed trying some of the different flavors.
Give OREO night a shot! Just don't forget the milk!
Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 28 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the director of family ministry at a church, located in West Virginia. Jay has been married to Amy for over 23 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.