Category Archives: Ideas

Fundraising

I often hear tails of horror and grief from other youth leaders about their fundraising trials.  I am very blessed to say that I have tails filled with wonder and amazement. Not so long ago, I even had a kid … Continue reading

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Journey to the Cross

Here we are in the first days of Lent.  During this season, we stand in the shadow of the cross and come face to face with the messiness of our lives. It is our challenge to keep our eyes on … Continue reading

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Transfiguration Thaumatrope

Our weekly Sunday School program at Our Saviour is based on the lectionary. Every so often I have trouble finding craft or activities for lessons that are not too complicated, not heavy on supplies and still help the kids to … Continue reading

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Word, Publisher, Websites, oh MY! Creating documents for your ministry.

I often joke about the many hats I wear as a youth worker.  These include teacher, mother, nurse, psychotherapist, musician, chef, fundraiser, and graphic designer.  Having no previous design experience I often feel out of ideas when trying to create … Continue reading

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Change of Heart

Here’s an easy activity for kids. It can fit with this weekend’s Gospel (Matthew 22:34-46) or can easily slip into a variety of lessons. To prepare it, for each child you will need: white paper with a large heart printed … Continue reading

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Pentecost Craft

When I was in elementary school I remember having a really great art program. As someone who often plans/leads arts and crafts for kids, I often wonder how they were able to do such amazing things. The student’s ages and … Continue reading

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Rethinking Sunday School

I just received in my inbox the Synod’s E-Letter (Sign Up Here). Included is the most recent issue of “The Lutheran New Yorker” featuring an article about rethinking Sunday School. Click here to see the article. It shares how one … Continue reading

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40

I can’t remember anymore how I came across this video, but I really love it. Quite simply, it is a video with 40 drawings of Jesus in the Wilderness: Last year I used it for the first youth meeting in … Continue reading

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There’s a Spark in You so Let it Shine!

I enjoy being able to incorporate music into our time together.  There are many secular artists who have powerful messages to share through their songs.  But much of the music that is on the i-pods of our young people is … Continue reading

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Youth Ministry in a Digital Age

Julie Hagen and I recently led a workshop for the Koinonia Festival of Workshops about Youth Ministry in a Digital Age. We put together ideas for using social media before you meet, when you meet, and after you meet to … Continue reading

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