We had great nights in our student ministry this week. This past weekend we had our Collide Retreat so there was good momentum coming off that which carried into our mid-week nights. Below are the details on what we did.
What We Did at Porch (High School) Upfront Game:BFF Showdown Round 2. A great game from Download Youth Ministry. We played the “round 1” version of the game earlier this year. You bring a few pairs of “BFF’s” on stage and they have to answer questions about each other. Group Game: We didn’t really do a group game and normally don’t at Porch (we stick to mostly upfront games in our high school ministry) but we did kick off a NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge. We gave students 15 minutes to fill out a bracket and will give the winner a prize pack in a few weeks. Worship Set List: Let it Be Known (Worship Central), This Grace (Kristian Stanfill), Raised to Life (Elevation Worship), and Always (Kristian Stanfill). Teaching: We finished our “Dealing with Sin” series by talking about making war with our sin. We talked about the command to put sin to death (Colossians 3:5), how we put sin to death (Romans 8:13), and what Jesus says about cutting sin out of our lives (Matthew 5:29-30). Highlight: Talking about the topic of making war with and killing sin. It’s one of my favorite topics to talk about and something God has for years been teaching me more about.
What We Did at Edge (Middle School) Upfront Game: Slurpin with Worms. Simple, fun upfront game. All you do is fill up some plates with whip cream and mix some gummy worms in. Bring a few contestants up and have them race to find and eat all the gummy worms. Only catch is they cannot use their hands. First one that finds and eats all their gummy worms wins. Click here to download the graphic we used for this game. Group Game: The Purge. I saw this game awhile back online and was pumped to play it with our group. The game is simple but crazy. You give every student a blown up balloon and the goal of the game is to be the last one standing with your balloon. You want to try and pop other peoples balloons. There are no rules except you cannot physical hurt someone else. We put a 20 minute countdown on the screen and threw a bucket of “supplies” out in the middle of the room. The bucket had plastic spoons, balls, and bandanas. It was a crazy game and students loved it! Click here to watch a video of a youth group playing this game. Also, click here to get the graphic we used for this game. Teaching: Finished our “Dealing with Sin” series by talking about making war with our sin. See details above under what we did at Porch. Highlight: Playing The Purge. It was such a crazy game and our student had a blast!
This week we had some pretty good nights in our student ministries. The attendance was way down for our high school ministry due to the local high school having a band concert that many of our students were involved in. However, we still had a good night and our middle school ministry night was good as well. Below are the details on what we did.
What We Did at Porch (High School) Upfront Game: Animix. This was an awesome upfront game! Basically we show a picture of two animals and contestants have to guess what the name of the animal would be if those two animals were combined. It comes from Download Youth Ministry, but is only available right now to those that have a membership. So get a membership with them! It’s worth it. You get tons of awesome stuff. Worship Set List:Jonathan Claytor, the Christ Community Chapel (Stow Campus) worship leader, came and led in acoustic worship for us instead of our normal student band playing. Songs where Unstoppable God (Elevation Worship), Lord I Need You (Chris Tomlin), We Will Run (Gungor), I Am Not the Same (Aaron Keys). Teaching: We continued our “Dealing with Sin” series by talking about repentance. The first part of the talk focused on what repentance is and the second part of the talk focused on what does repentance in the life of the believer look like. For the second part of the talk we walked through Psalm 51. Highlight: Playing the game Animix. It’s tough to find games that work well with our high school students. This game worked well for us. It was fun for the crowd to watch and the contestants had a good time with it. I also enjoyed co-leading the game with one of our college leaders Tommy.
What We Did at Edge (Middle School) Upfront Game: Animix (see above) Group Game:Scatterball. This is by far the most popular in our middle school ministry. It’s basically dodgeball with only one ball (I throw in a few more balls throughout the game). You can only take up to three steps with the ball. Our students love it and we usually play it once or twice a month right now. Click the link above to get the graphic we use for this game. Teaching: Twice a month we have small groups within our middle school ministry. Instead of me teaching we have students break into groups by grade and gender. Each group is led by one or two adult leaders. Students continued our “Dealing with Sin” series by talking about repentance in their small groups. Highlight: Filling in and leading one of our guys small groups. I usually don’t lead a group but one of our leaders wasn’t there so I filled in for him. It was fun connecting with some of the students I didn’t really know and being able to talk with them about repentance.
We had a great nights this week in both our middle school and high school ministries. We changed things up a bit in our high school ministry and had a game night as well as started a new series. We started this same series in our middle school ministry this week. Below is a look at what we did this week.
What We Did at Porch (High School)
Game Night: We basically set up a bunch of round tables and had various board and table games for students to play. We also had a small Kan Jam tournament that some of the students took part in. We also provided free pizza and drinks. It was a great night of hanging out and building relationships.
Teaching: Even though it was a game night, we still kicked off a new teaching series called “Dealing with Sin.” In this series we are talking about how Christians can deal with sin in their lives. For this first week we started by talking about confession. We looked at 1 John 1:9 and talked about what confession is and what it is not. We also talked about some other practical things in regards to confessing sin. Click here to listen to the whole talk. Highlight: Probably seeing students that normally don’t interact sit around a table laughing and having a good time as they played games together. That was the whole reason I wanted to do a game night. I wanted students to get to know each other better, have fun, and build community.
What We Did at Edge (Middle School) Upfront Game: Tape Face. This has been going around the internet for awhile but the idea is simple, take scotch tape and wrap it around your face. What results is usually a very disturbing and funny looking face. I brought two pairs of students on stage and had them tape their partners face up with the goal of making the ugliest face. We gave them a two minute time limit. Group Game: Red Light Green Light. Classic game. We had students start on one side of the room and the goal was to touch the wall on the other side of the room and come back. I had a high school student lead this game. When they said “green light” students could run. When they said “red light” they must stop. If a student doesn’t stop or keeps moving when “red light” is called out has to start back over. They could also call “yellow light” which means crawl on hand and knees. Teaching: Same as our high school night above. Started the new series and talked about confession. Click here to listen to the whole talk from this night with middle school. Highlight: Seeing one of my high school leaders, Zach Bindus, on stage leading a game. He comes to Edge pretty often and helps out. He wants to be a youth pastor and it’s awesome seeing him already doing “youth ministry” as a high school student.
A few weeks ago we had Student Ministry Sunday at Christ Community Chapel (Stow Campus). This is a Sunday where our students takeover our worship services and they lead and serve our congregation. It’s aways a blast! You can click here to read more about what we did.
One of the things I get to do each year when we do Student Ministry Sunday is preach. I love speaking to our students on a weekly basis but it’s always a joy and honor to preach to our whole congregation. We have been in a series called “Story Teller God” where we are looking at some of the parables Jesus taught. I preached on the two debtors from Luke 7:36-50. Below is the video of this sermon that you can watch. Also, click here if you want to check out other sermons from this series.
This week we had great nights in both our middle school and high school ministry. There was good energy both nights and saw a ton of new students come through the doors both nights as well. Below is the details of what we did this week.
What We Did at Porch (High School)
Worship Set List: The Ascension (Phil Wickham), How He Loves (David Crowder Band), This Grace (Kristian Stanfill), Give Me Faith (Elevation Worship), and Made Alive (Citizens & Saints). Video: Collide Retreat Promo
Teaching: Instead of teaching this week we had some students share their personal faith stories. Last week we had our student leaders do this but this week we opened it up to any students who wanted to share. This is part of a series we have been doing for the past three weeks called “What’s Your Story?” Highlight: Hearing a solid group of freshmen guys share their faith stories. We have a greta group of freshmen students and these guys are leading the way. Proud of them for standing up before their peers and sharing their faith stories.
What We Did at Edge (Middle School) Upfront Game: Pizza Eating Contest (with a twist). I called three students up on stage and gave them each two slices of pizza. I had the crowd count down to from three and before they hit one I stopped them. I told the contestants we have some special toppings for their pizza. I then had some student leaders cover the pizza slices in things like ketchup, mayo, mustard, grape jam, lemon juice, and more. Then we had the contestants race to see who can eat their pizza the fastest. Group Game:Scatterball. This is a classic version of dodgeball we do at least once a month. Our students love it. Click the link to read the rules and also download the graphic we used during this game. Videos: Edge Games XI Week 3 Highlights and Collide Retreat Promo Teaching: Last week we finished a three week event called Edge Games. This is a huge outreach event we do each year. Throughout the event we do short video talks that lead up to the final night where we present the Gospel. This week we received what we talked about in those videos and followed up with students who indicated they responded to Christ that final night. We gave each of those students The Simple Truth Bible to help them start spending time in God’s Word consistently. Highlight: Hard to pick just one highlight. There were so many awesome things about the night. We had a new record attendance of over 140 students there (some didn’t check in so we counted between 145-150). We followed up with over 21 students who indicated they received Christ the final night of Edge Games. The energy was high all night and students were having a blast. Overall it was a fantastic night!