This past Sunday evening, our High School Ministry gathered for our year end Christmas Party. We host our annual Christmas party on our last Sunday before going on Christmas break. It's relaxed, laid back, and fun! Our primary goal for the Christmas party is social and relational. We want our students to hang out with each other while our leaders mingle and build relationships with our students.
I try to not over program our Christmas party. In our church, December is a busy month with various activities and programed events that keep folks jumping. Outside of the church families, students, and our staff are very busy with school, jobs, Christmas shopping, sports, and seasonal concerts. So to counteract the busyness of the season, I purposely leave our Christmas party as something that is as un-programed as possible.
3 Big Daddy pizzas. These large rectangular pizzas offer a larger quantity of slices than regular round pizzas. To keep everyone happy, we ordered one plain cheese, one pepperoni, and one sausage.
Pizza, carbonated beverages and bottled water, along with chips and snacks, a cookie cake, and a few Christmas cookies, filled our table and the first 15 to 20 minutes of our time together. We set up round tables in our student space for the students to gather around while they ate and socialize.
T-SHIRTS FOR YOUTH WORKERS
After some pizza and drinks, it was time to get rolling with our party activities. Like I said, I don't program a lot of games or activities so for this years party I decided to use a downloadable resource from Download Youth Ministry. It was the perfect crowd breaker game to prime our students for the parties main event, The Great Gift Exchange!
your activity, purchase, download, then load it into your presentation software and you're ready to go! I've already downloaded and used four different games for the month of December, including Dollar Store Or So Much More? Christmas Edition, which we played as our ice breaker at the party. It was perfect! Be sure to check out tomorrows blog for a list of all the games we've played this month.
little surprised and amazed by the gifts that are opened and by what gifts become the hot items that are stolen over and over again. Bags of various candies are always a favorite. But the top gifts for our students include a grow-it yourself Bonsai Tree Kit, a box of Utz Chocolate Covered Pretzels, and a Christmas box full of candy.
Some gifts are "stolen" multiple times leaving the final winner a mystery until the end of the game.
It was a great night of relaxing fun, food, and friends. We laughed a lot. Got some great gifts. And we enjoyed time with our students. Now we're ready for a little break and some time with our families!
What do you do at your ministry Christmas party? Share your activities and program ideas in the comment section below!
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I HAVE GOT TO LOSE SOME WEIGHT...
How many of us say that? Or at least thought that...
I have. And I've tried. On a number of occasions. Atkins? Yep. No Soda or Sugar? Come on, I'm in youth ministry. Exercise? When I can, and want. Counting calories? Until I eat out or at a church members house.
Truth is, I do need to lose some weight. And I want to, I really want to! I'm getting older. I don't burn calories the way I used to when I was younger. My kids are growing older, my student ministry is growing, and I want to be able to enjoy my family and my ministry. And frankly, my wife works really hard to stay in shape; I want to be in shape for her.
So here's the deal...
Our friends over at Download Youth Ministry have launched a special program for youth workers, their wives, and volunteers to help them lose weight in the new year. The Youth Pastor Diet Contest!
The Youth Pastor Diet Contest is a 100-Day Challenge, that begins on January 1st, and runs through April 11th, where youth workers will be working to lose weight in the new year. I am thrilled to announce, that I have joined the movement! This weekend, I signed to participate in the contest! Yeah, me!!
I'm really excited about this! I mean, I have to lose weight. But being part of contest comes with a slew of potential prizes. According to the website, the top Weight Winners in each division (Male and Female) will receive:
Other prizes include: (according to the website)
Additional prizes and giveaways to be announced EVERY WEEK!
Prizes aside, being part of the contest also offers, a supportive community of youth workers including an invitation to the exclusive Youth Pastor Diet Facebook groups (separate for Male and Female). There is a 6-month digital calisthenics program from http://ftwfitness.com, a Youth Worker Cookbook, and the change to get healthy in the new year!
You need to lose some Weight too!
The new year is just a few weeks a way. You know you are going to make a new year resolution to lose weight. AND you know you'll quit in a couple of days. So let's do something different and let's lose weight together! Join the contest! Join youth workers from all over and let's work to lose weight in 2019!
Click on the link below to get more details and register for the Youth Pastor Diet Contest!
Let's kick of the new year together, and let's get a little healthier in 2019!
I wanted to do something special for our student meeting space for Christmas. We don't have a lot of space in our youth room for a large set up. But we do have an area that I set up as a make-shift stage. The area includes speakers, TV monitors for media, some simple lighting, and a table or music stand which I teach from.
We decided that we would decorate our youth room with an Elf theme. Students cut out snowflakes from white paper, constructed a huge paper chain, and set out to recreate the apartment and store scene. As the centerpiece, I thought it would look cool to have a couple triangular Christmas trees on our stage area.
Here's what you need for the styrofoam Christmas Trees...
I chose the colors red, green and blue because I already had colored lightbulbs in red, green and blue. The up lights I already had because it's what we use as part of our simple stage lighting. The colored bulbs help to accent the colored styrofoam.
We decided to wrap the larger, center tree with a string of Christmas lights. It was an idea of one of my students and I love how it came out.
Constructing the trees was super easy. Total, it took me about 6 hours to construct seven trees. Our students decorated the youth room for Christmas as another student and I set up the trees and all the wiring to create our stage area. Watch the video below to see how I created my styrofoam trees!
Watch The Video!
Thanks so much for check in for today's blog and DIY video! I hope that you have found the video to helpful and inspiring. I'd love to hear about your Christmas staging ideas and construction tips and tricks! Feel free to leave a comment below. If you have any questions about what I created, hit me up below.