Tips for Activities

Chances are you already have an idea of what activities you will be doingg or where to get ideas for more, but thought I'd pass on what some of the Youth Leaders are doing - perhaps we could coordinate and do the same activities the same time... even if congregations do it oon their own.

Youth Mission Project: Walk-a-thon
This activity combines with teaching about Mission in a way that children have to do more than just ask for money; they have to earn it by walking 4 km (or whatever).

  1. 1 - Introduce the concept to children, parents and adults.
  2. 2 - Staple the pledge sheet to the outside of a large envelope. Add a pencil inside the envelope.
  3. 3 - On the two Sundays prior to the scheduled walk:
    1. - Hand out a pledge sheet/envelope to the children after Sunday school; ask that they collect pledges from the adults during Coffee Hour (or whatever the after service fellowship time is called). Our adults are so used to this Mission project, they often seek out the children. The adults also divide the givings among various children, for example, a $20 donation may be given by donating $5 to four different children.
    2. - Collect all pledge sheets/envelopes at the end of Coffee Hour before children leave.
    3. - Repeat two steps above for the Sunday prior to the scheduled walk.
  4. 4 - The day of the walk, all children and adult supervising walkers enter the Sanctuary with the Minister at the beginning of the worship service. The Minister addresses the children and prays for them, blesses them.
  5. 5 - The walkers then leave the Sanctuary and walk 4 km (takes one hour). Upon their return, they get a snack (granola bars, water, bananas). More pledges can be collected the day of the walk.
  6. 6 - The money collected goes towards a charity; we sponsor our local food bank of which we are a founding member.
  7. 7 - The givings are added to the member's yearly givings to the church.

Youth Mission Project: Chili Lunch
Again, the point is not to have the youth ask for money but to have them do something - take action - to raise funds.

  1. 1 - Ask an adult (or older youth) to prepare a pot of chilli that would serve about 20 people (large crockpot). Number of pots of chilli depends on number of people you estimate will attend the lunch.
  2. 2 - Have tables and chairs set up in main hall by adults.
  3. 3 - Instead of Sunday school, the children prepare for the lunch: tablecloth, place mats, utensils, serviettes, decorative centrepieces, salt and pepper, butter/margarine, hot sauce, bowls of sour cream, baskets of bread/buns, glasses for juice or water, bowls of oranges & cake for dessert. The coffee and tea is prepared by the Coffee Hour people.
  4. 4 - After the service, and after most people have their cup of coffee or tea, Minister says Grace and people take a seat.
  5. 5 - Two people (adults or teenagers) ladle the chilli into bowls. The children bring the chilli to the people seated at the table. Once everyone has been served, the children can eat.
  6. 6 - Children then pick up dirty bowls and then serve cake (an adult cuts the cake). Children then pick up dirty plates and begin clean up when lunch is over.
  7. 7 - Older kids help with clean up in the kitchen.
  8. 8 - Diners pay for their meal with a free will offering.