What We Did This Week

Jonah Social MediaThis week we had great nights in both our high school ministry and middle school ministry. We had a what we call a “Coffee House Night” in our high school ministry that went really well and was a great night of building community and worshipping together. In our middle school ministry we had our third week in a row with over 100 students there! Below are more detail about what we did both nights.

What We Did at Porch (High School)
Coffee House Theme: We usually do one of these nights each semester. We meet in a different room than normal and do our best to create a coffee house environment. Instead of rows of chairs we have tables and instead of the band doing their normal set they do an acoustic set. We also offer free coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. We build in more hangout time than normal and throw a few board and card games out on the tables for students to play while they hangout. We still have a time of teaching but we usually keep it shorter than normal.
Game: Coffee Trivia. Ten random facts about coffee. Click the link to download it for free and use it yourself!
Worship Set List: Mighty Warrior (Elevation Worship), Brokenness Aside (All Sons and Daughters), Raised to Life (Elevation Worship), Jesus Paid it All (Kristian Stanfill), and 10,000 Reasons (Matt Redman).
Teaching: We continued our Jonah series by looking at Jonah’s obedience and Nineveh’s response to God’s message in chapter 3. Click here to listen.
Highlight: The worship was incredible! One of the reasons I love doing coffee house nights is for the worship. I love the acoustic worship and our students always sing out and engage in it really well.

What We Did at Edge (Middle School)
Upfront Game: Follow Faceoff Instagram Edition. Another great game from Download Youth Ministry.
Group Game: Clothespin Chaos. Every student starts out with a clothespins clipped onto their sleeve. When the music starts they have a set amount of time (we did 5 minutes) to try to get clothespins off of other people and put them on their own sleeve. They must also watch out because people will be trying to take their clothespins as well. Student with the most clothespins at the end wins.
Teaching: Every other week we have small groups and this week was a small group week. Students discussed Jonah 3 in their small groups and were challenged to go home and read chapter 4 on their own.
Highlight: Having another night with over 100 students there! I know it’s “not all about the numbers,” but I love knowing our students are loving what we do and they are excited enough about it to bring their friends. Plus, that’s over 100 students that are hearing about Jesus!

Freebie: Coffee Trivia Game

Slide01This week in our high school ministry we had what we call a Coffee House. Basically we meet in a smaller room than normal and create a coffee house atmosphere. We offer free coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. Our band also goes acoustic for the night and leads in worship. It’s always a great time and our students love it! I’d encourage you and try this with your high school students. There is something about the coffee house style that attracts high school students.

We also did a coffee trivia game that I want to share with you. We simply called it “Coffee Trivia” and it went over pretty well. I searched the web for facts about coffee and put together ten questions for this game. Below is the PowerPoint presentation for this game as well has a folder with just the image files. Download and use this game sometime with your students. If you do, let me know how it goes.

Click here to download the Coffee Trivia PowerPoint
Click here to download the Coffee Trivia Image Files