What We Did This Week

This week we changed things up quite a bit for our high school ministry and had our last night of small groups for the school year for our middle school ministry. Both were great nights and went really well. Our attendance for both nights was down due to a high school band concert and camp for 6th grade student at our local middle school.

What We Did At Porch (High School)
Because we knew attendance would be down and we just spent six straight weeks going through the book of Acts we figured it would be good to have a night where we allowed our students to just hangout and build relationships. We pulled the church grill out and grilled up some hotdogs and hamburgers and just hangout. Also, since there was a Cavaliers playoff game on that night at the same time we showed the game on the big screens. Overall it was a fun night and everyone seemed to enjoy having a night to just hangout, eat some food, and watch the game.

What We Did at Edge (Middle School)
Opening Video: Yawning Looks Like Yelling
Upfront Game: Secret Menu Items. This is a fun “fake or real” game from Download Youth Ministry that works great as an upfront game.
Group Game: Train Wreck. This is a game we do a few times a year because our students love it. You set two rows of chairs up facing each other on opposite sides of the room. When you say “train wreck” students must get up and run to another chairs across from them. Each time you have a leader pull one or two chairs from each side so a few students are eliminated. Depending on the size of your group, you may want to only pull one chair at a time or if your group is large you may want to pull a few so the game doesn’t last too long. Click the link above to download the graphic we used for this game.
Teaching: We didn’t have any teaching this week. Instead students broke into their small groups for one last time before the end of the school year (we take a summer break from small groups and weekly meetings) and just hangout.
Highlight: Watching our leaders hangout with their small groups for the last time of the school year. I love our small group leaders and am always encouraged by the way they pour into our students.

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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