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.