31 Aug Planning Church Youth Activities
While church groups meet to worship together, they often gather to socialize, have fun, and get to know each other better, too. This is especially true with youth during their teenage years, a time when peers become a central part of life. It’s critical to plan church youth activities for them to interact with other kids and keep them involved and integrated with the congregation. These activities are important because teenagers love to be with friends and socialize, and they like to have stuff going on and things to be involved in.
So, if you help oversee the young people in your congregation and you’re planning church youth activities for the year, here are some suggestions for getting the kids involved and coming up with some fun ideas.
For starters, have a brainstorming party with the youth. They’re much more likely to come out and participate in functions they’re excited about. And if they’re able to be involved with the planning and their suggestions are utilized, you’ll know the activities will be something they’re interested in. So, have a planning party. There’s nothing like getting a bunch of pizzas and some soda, eating together, and brainstorming as you fill-up the calendar for the next year.
Choose a few things that provide some continuity. If you’ve been a leader over the youth for an extended period of time, you’ll have a good sense of a few activities that always seem to be favorites. Putting those activities spaced quarterly over the next 12 months will provide a framework for the coming year. Then, you can let them plan the activities in between to introduce new stuff as well.
Get different perspectives. One way you can do this is to have a few activities that the boys get to choose and plan, and then some activities that the girls come up with and execute. News flash, but there’s something to be said for genders gravitating to different things, and letting them alternate planning will likely bring some variety to the table.
Along the same line, you can have a few activities where the leaders get to choose. Sometimes you want them to have a specific experience, and occasionally letting the leaders decide what activity will create the perfect opportunity to introduce something new or expand on a goal.
Take some time for service. It’s always a good idea to plan some service projects and give the youth a chance to give back to the community or help in some way. Serving others is an easy way to form friendships, help see the needs of others, and put love into action. Along with whatever fun is on the calendar, throw some service into the mix, too.
It’s fun spending time with youth because their zest for life is contagious. And when you’re coming together to have some fun, call us to come and help facilitate the transportation! We love working with church groups, making it possible for them to get from Point A to Point B. We’d love to customize a quote for your congregation and help create an opportunity for you to make a memory together! When you are planning church youth activities call us or check out our services online: https://www.firstclasstours.net/services-in-use/church-services/.