Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Value of Numbers

contributed by Pam Zimmer As numbers dwindle within the church, youth workers are faced with emptier youth lounges, smaller events, and even event cancellations as we see the youth drift away from the church. As a bishop said recently, it … Continue reading

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Got it in the Bag

I recently was talking with another person on staff at the church about what I carry when I go somewhere with the youth. They seemed surprised that I made sure I had certain things with me. But, when it comes … Continue reading

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The Hippo Song and Welcoming Others

Hip Hip Hippopotamus.  Hip Hip Hooray God Made all of us! We are in our last week of Vacation Bible Camp, a 4 week summer bible camp for children ages 3-12. We begin each morning with singing and prayers. The … Continue reading

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Networking Event

Last night we had our first networking event among youth workers in the Metro New York Synod. It was a great opportunity to get together with some other youth workers and ask real questions like — “Have you ever tried … Continue reading

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Did You Ever…

This week the New York Times published an article called “Q. Did You Ever Smoke Pot? A. It’s Complicated.” The article looks at what to do when you are asked a question about drugs or alcohol by youth. While the … Continue reading

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Personal Space

contributed by Pam Zimmer Youth, particularly teenage youth, need their own space, and that need applies to church life as well.   Churches need to provide their youth group with a space uniquely theirs, a lounge, a recreation center, or … Continue reading

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Summer Camps

There are many summer camps and retreat experiences for children and youth. You can count on them being unique and life-changing experiences for all involved. Here’s a list of the some of the Summer Camps in this synod: Pinecrest Lutheran … Continue reading

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Prayers of Thankfulness

Each week when we end our Sunday School program, we come together in prayer. A favorite part of this time for the kids is adding in their own piece to the prayer; they love naming what they are thankful for. … Continue reading

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