What We Did This Week

Jonah Social MediaThis week we had great nights in both our high school ministry and middle school ministry. We had a what we call a “Coffee House Night” in our high school ministry that went really well and was a great night of building community and worshipping together. In our middle school ministry we had our third week in a row with over 100 students there! Below are more detail about what we did both nights.

What We Did at Porch (High School)
Coffee House Theme: We usually do one of these nights each semester. We meet in a different room than normal and do our best to create a coffee house environment. Instead of rows of chairs we have tables and instead of the band doing their normal set they do an acoustic set. We also offer free coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. We build in more hangout time than normal and throw a few board and card games out on the tables for students to play while they hangout. We still have a time of teaching but we usually keep it shorter than normal.
Game: Coffee Trivia. Ten random facts about coffee. Click the link to download it for free and use it yourself!
Worship Set List: Mighty Warrior (Elevation Worship), Brokenness Aside (All Sons and Daughters), Raised to Life (Elevation Worship), Jesus Paid it All (Kristian Stanfill), and 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman).
Teaching: We continued our Jonah series by looking at Jonah’s obedience and Nineveh’s response to God’s message in chapter 3. Click here to listen.
Highlight: The worship was incredible! One of the reasons I love doing coffee house nights is for the worship. I love the acoustic worship and our students always sing out and engage in it really well.

What We Did at Edge (Middle School)
Upfront Game: Follow Faceoff Instagram Edition. Another great game from Download Youth Ministry.
Group Game: Clothespin Chaos. Every student starts out with a clothespins clipped onto their sleeve. When the music starts they have a set amount of time (we did 5 minutes) to try to get clothespins off of other people and put them on their own sleeve. They must also watch out because people will be trying to take their clothespins as well. Student with the most clothespins at the end wins.
Teaching: Every other week we have small groups and this week was a small group week. Students discussed Jonah 3 in their small groups and were challenged to go home and read chapter 4 on their own.
Highlight: Having another night with over 100 students there! I know it’s “not all about the numbers,” but I love knowing our students are loving what we do and they are excited enough about it to bring their friends. Plus, that’s over 100 students that are hearing about Jesus!

Published by Austin McCann

Austin is the student ministries director at Redemption Chapel in Stow, OH. He has a BA from Piedmont International University and a Master of Arts in Religion with a Christian leadership focus from Liberty University School of Divinity. Austin enjoys reading, writing, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with his family.

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