Are you a youth group leader?
Then you know what I am about to say is true.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we get stale. How many times can we do the same lesson to a bunch of kids who may or may not want to listen?
There is a scene in Soul Surfer in which the kids are listening to their youth group leader quietly and attentively.
That was real fiction because I have never had that happen. When I mention it to the kids, they usually say “you know that is a movie, right? It is not real life.”
So the other night when the kids gathered, I asked then to pair up and gave them six pieces of paper. I tried to hum the theme song from “The Dating Game” before I announced that tonight we were going to play a new game.
I called it “Things I Don’t Remember Talking About in Youth Group?” or something similar.
The kids laughed because they realized I wanted to make what we talk about fun but not like a test. At some point I wanted to see if they remembered anything we talk about because most of the time they are busy trying to out-talk me.
The five questions went like this:
*Who was the guy who freed the Jews from Egypt?
* Name one of Jacob’s two wives.
* What was the first name that Paul went by?
* Name six of the twelve disciples?
* Where was Jesus born and where did he die?
Bonus Question: How many people did David have to kill to prove to Saul he was worthy of being King?
The answers were pretty interesting, especially when everyone remember Rachel but not Leah. And the most disciples anyone could remember was four. Well, guess what the next few lessons will be focusing on. Yep, we are learning about each disciple.
As we move close to Easter and the resurrection, it is important to know about the men who kept the movement going after Jesus left the earth.
I am not sure if I will go into the deaths of each man but their lives before meeting holds interesting facts. None of these men were perfect, like the rest of us.
I can’t wait for next week’s youth group. I just need a way to make it fun.