Running a Youth Group
Youth groups are a great way for a church to reach out and grow. Teens
need a safe place to meet and be able to develop good friendships.
This is especially relevant for the youth of today's society. These
gatherings provide a congenial place where teens can come to be with friends
and have fun and learn about God.
Youth groups are an important part of any teen's life. They learn and
grow mentally and spiritually when given good Bible-based programmes.
Youth groups normally cater for teen in grades seven to twelve. A
trustworthy and responsible adult leader is needed and must be fully
committed to the youth work. The leader organises and teaches the
group. One or two workers or helpers are also needed to assist in
managing and controlling the teens, and in setting up and running games and
Find a suitable room then is big enough for games and other strenuous
activities. Set a day and time for the youth group to meet every week.
Even if there are not a lot of teens at your first meetings, don't
give up, because as the kids enjoy themselves, participation and attendance
will begin to grow.
Create a welcoming and exciting and fun environment that will make teens want
to come to the youth group and this will attract new kids as well.
Use colourful props, objects and notice boards to help get the teens
Plan, organise and prepare ahead of each meeting and make sure your workers
or helpers know what you are going to do. Teens need structure and
organisation, otherwise they tend to misbehave. Make the meetings fun
even if you have a serious topic by making the group laugh, doing activities,
or playing games.
Choose an overall theme for the meeting. Programmes should include
praise and worship time, a Bible message or Object Lesson, a prayer time and
interesting and educational games and activities (You can always ask the
teens what they like to do).
Make sure you have variety in your programmes, and if possible something new
during every meeting that will get and keep their interest and attention,
and make them want to participate in the activity.
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