Holy Mischief

13 02 2011

Just a recap:

January 2nd was the first Sunday of 2011.  It was our first youth group program of the new year, but the students were not back in school yet, so I wanted to do something fun and out-of-the-box.  We ended up with a night of “Holy Mischief.”

First, we divided into three groups.  Each group received $20, a church membership directory, a Bible, and a page of instructions that said:

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Bless at least 3 people tonight!  ONE must be a youth group member who is not here tonight.  ONE must be a non-youth member of our congregation.  ONE must be a complete stranger.  Anyone else is up to you!

Here are the rules:

1. Your group must stay together at all times.

2. No matter where you are in the process, you must return to the church NO LATER THAN 6:42 p.m.

3. You may not spend any of the money on yourselves.  Any change that you have left over at 6:42 must be returned.

4. You may be as creative as you wish!

5. Do not be rude or mean to anybody!  “Holy mischief” is not the same thing as pulling pranks.  Make sure your only goal is to let people know that God loves them!

6. Come back with a great story!

Our youth really had a good time with the challenge, and they came up with some wonderful, creative ideas!    Over the course of the evening, we delivered ice cream sandwiches to on-duty firemen, visited our senior pastor, pumped gas for strangers, bought toys for kids, passed out hugs to a youth group family, prayed with a church family whose cousin had died the week before, and delivered a fish to one of our seventh-grade girls.

It was a great start to the year, setting the tone for what is to come…

Love God, Love People!

13 02 2011

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.

– Mark 12:28-31

A few weeks ago, we studied this Scripture in our small groups.  Among other things, each of the six small groups had to come up with a sticker design based on the two greatest commandments.  Then when we came back together, we voted on the six designs.  Here was the winner:

It was designed by the 10th-12th grade girls, voted on by everyone, and adapted into a digital format by a couple of the high school boys.  Then, I had the design made into actual stickers (using Sticker Giant….by the way, they had both the cheapest prices and the best customer service!), and we’ve been passing them out all over the place!  This morning, we read the Shema together, and we talked about how these stickers can be like mezuzahs: we can place them on our doorframes, on our foreheads, on our wallets, on our binders, on our mirrors….and most of all, on our hearts!


Valentine’s Day! (well, almost)

13 02 2011

At the end of youth group tonight, I handed out valentines to my youth (and counselors): Tootsie Roll pops with lips and mustaches attached! Thanks to Blonde Designs Blog for the idea…they were a big hit!