Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Game #62: "Beach Umbrella Topsy Turvy Toss"

Another Completely  Ran-Dumb, Funny and Ever So Easy Quick Summer Time Youth Group Game For Your Next Youth Night, Event, Picnic, or Evening at the Beach??

- 2 Large Umbrellas (*preferably "beach umbrellas or golf umbrellas", but any umbrellas will do)
- 20-30 water balloons

Set Up:
Fill up 20-30 water balloons is the only real pre-set up.

Explanation/Game Play:
- Brief Explanation: teams will be tossing water balloons into a large upside down umbrella held over a partner's head.
- Ask for 2 teams of 2 to come volunteer.  When they are in the front of the group hand one player an umbrella and the other a container with 10-15 water balloons each.
- Ask the umbrella players to step back to a pre-determined distance and then instruct them to open the umbrella and hold upside down over their head as best as they can
- Explain the idea of the game and the rules.
- On "Go!" have the water balloon throwing players start throwing water balloons to their partner.

Rules & Points:
- Teams must try to catch as many water balloons as they can in their upside down umbrella.
- The winning team is the team that has the most up-popped water balloons in their umbrella.

*Alternative Non-Water Balloon Version:
- Use a variety of pool/beach toys of different shapes and sizes instead of water balloons.  Points given for each toy that is caught and kept in the umbrellas

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

News U Can Use: "Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Pre-Teens?"

" The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years ..."

READ MORE (at Huffington Post: Parents)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Free Media #57: "Death to Stock Photos"


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Hint/Help #11: Ways to Include Your Spouse in Your Ministry

This started off as a more serious "Top 10" idea but then I decided to make it more of a Hint/Help, because I felt it deserved to be in a category where it might not get missed in my more humorous posts!?

My wife is super involved in what I do.  I am blessed in that she is as called to youth ministry as I am.  She loves what I do and is with me as a team mate and partner.  She is not the "up front" or "in the office" person, even though she is willing and does here and there fill those roles at times. 

No matter your spouse's role, commitment, or even calling.  They still deserve to me invited and included in your ministry.  Here is just a couple quick ways, I would suggest to "Include Your Spouse in Your Ministry"....

10. Communicate with them about what you are doing and what is coming up. It will save your marriage and ministry (*

9. Invite them to come to planning meetings, events, and regular youth ministry nights. They don't have to always come or ever come but at least they know they are invited and welcome.

8. Ask them for their thoughts, perspective, and ideas.  They may have a fresh set of eyes, ears and thinking they you don't!

7. Include them in lessons or talks when in comes to marriage, dating and purity. It will add value and earn you a "right to be heard" with your students while also affirming your spouse.

6. Have a leader meeting or training as your home. With seasons of life sometimes a spouse can't show up to youth ministry, but is a simple way to bring some of youth ministry to them.

5. Take your leaders and their significant other out to lunch/dinner, bring your spouse.  Food, fellowship,....Win always!

4. Have them give their testimony as part of a lesson, retreat, or event.

3.  Talk about your spouse (and brag on your spouse) as part of your teaching. In appropriate, honoring and respectful ways. ( *Skip the my "my spouse is hot" comments)

2. When you buy something for your leaders (youth group logo t-shirt, mug, bag..) get one extra for your spouse. They can wear it/use it at their jobs or else where and talk about you/brag on you in return..see #3.

1. Honor Their Calling! if it is music allow them to help with the music, if it is cooking ask them to help cook on a retreat, if is working with younger kids have them help you leader the VBS on your missions trip...if they are called youth ministry, MAKE THEM A YOUTH LEADER/SMALL GROUP LEADER!