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G-P-S Term one, Week one

THE LINE UP GAME

I chose this game because it's a great way to get young people to get to know each other and adds a team-building element too. 

This is a fairly simple activity but can be so much fun. 

 

Ask your group to order themselves in order of height. For added difficulty  challenge the group to do it without talking!

Some more variations to this game:

  • Line up in order of age

  • Line up in order of birth month

  • Line up alphabetically

This is a great way also to identify the different gifts and qualities of your young people, who steps up to lead the group, who helps others, who may be quieter. 

Have fun x

Game source: https://www.icebreakers.ws/active/line-up-game.html

Envelope TSP prayers

Some children/young people, start out by being rather shy about praying out loud. In this case, pin-up three envelopes labeled, Thank you Sorry and Please. Let group members write their prayers on slips of paper each week and place it in the appropriate envelope.

Thank you = Write something you want to thank God for

Sorry = Write something you want to say sorry to God for

Please = Asking God for what you need 

You may want to ask the group if they are alright with you reading out the envelopes each week, or you may choose to just read out the thank you prayers and pray over the other two envelopes. It all depends on your group. 

In case there are any young people who don't want their prayers shared with anyone, make sure to ask before reading them out. If you don't read them out you can simply pray over them and just keep adding to them each week and maybe burn them (safely) at the end of the four weeks.

I chose to continue this one for four weeks so that the group get used to praying in this way and they also get the chance to share or not share.

 

*For younger children who may not be able to write you can just say these prayers out loud. I do this with my children in the mornings and they love it.

Resource source:  

http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/37092/Creative_Prayer_ideas_Bristol_Diocese.pdf

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This is such a fun song for all ages! So although I chose this for sunday school even youth groups love this song so feel free to use for either. 

Above is the lyric video that you can use in church or in your group. And below is the link to learn the actions. You may want to try this one for a few weeks till you get the actions! 

Fruits of the spirit action tutorial:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e47FnjKaT3Q&t=245s

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This is a beautiful song for the young people to learn in preparation for Lent/Easter period. Obviously, if you have any musicians that can play this one live go for it!!! 

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