Summer is a great time to try new thingsâ€¦and thatâ€™s what weâ€™re doing! Here are a few things weâ€™re kicking off in this next season that might inspire you to try something new as well. Share what youâ€™re excited about in the comments, too!
Worship Together Weekends
Starting in July weâ€™re going to cancel our â€œyouth groupâ€ services and worship as a whole churchâ€”young and old. Our pastor is going to do his best to address students in his message, and the various other service elements are going to be designed to include or at least acknowledge the whole church worshiping as one.
Weâ€™re so excited about this change in our church, because in our setting it doesnâ€™t happen naturally. Chances are your church could use a little â€œinter-generational kick in the pants,â€ too. Summer is a great time to something a try.
Youth Ministry Instagram Account
We just created an Instagram account for our student ministryâ€”fun pictures taken on the spot at summer events or up at camp will instantly be shared with parents and other students. Weâ€™ll have them dropped onto our Facebook page as well. A simple, fun way to instantly connect with people who arenâ€™t on the trip or waiting for word back home.
Prayer Walk at High Schools
This past weekend our student leaders organized a prayer walk at the main high schools represented in our youth group. The idea was simple but effectiveâ€”kind of like a â€œSee You at the Poleâ€ but we didnâ€™t want to wait until the fall. So we met at the flagpole, prayed together and then walked through the campus (empty since it was on a weekend) and prayed for the students, teachers, and staff that are represented in each area you walk. Football field: Pray for the athletes.
Walk by the school office? Pray for the principal, etc. Then after about a half hour everyone met up for food at a local fast-food joint, too. So fun! In the summer, you could pick the most convenient day of the week for your group.
So there are a few ideas from usâ€”look for a handful more tomorrow as well! What new ideas are you most excited about this summer?
This post was written by Josh Griffin and Kurt Johnston and originally appeared as part of Simply Youth Ministry Today free newsletter. Subscribe to SYM Today right here.