Outbreak Movie Scenes

Outbreak Movie Scenes

This activity is one that I put together for a lesson about being “Contagious Christians.” The idea was that just like a disease that spreads from person to person we should be sharing the love of Jesus with everyone we meet. In other words we should create an “OUTBREAK” of love as we move through the world. This lesson was the starting point for a series of lessons on how to reach out to your world. These scenes gave me a good indication of where I needed to focus my energy in the lessons to come.

How it Works

  • Break your group into 4 teams and give them the Outbreak Movie Scenes. (you can download the .pdf of them from the link below or just see the text below)
  • Give the students around 10 minutes to work on their scenes and then perform them for the whole group. If you have a very large group have them perform their scenes for other groups.

Outbreak Movie Scenes (.pdf)

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Scene One

Your assignment is to create a movie scene about a Christian who reaches out to people at their school.

You can choose to make it either a picture of how to reach out or a picture of how not to reach out. In the end the students can either respond positively or negatively. You may even want to make some respond one way and some another way.

Try to make as honest a portrayal as possible. In other words the students should respond as students who don’t know God normally would.

Try to include everyone in your group in some way. Don’t forget that asking them to come to church isn’t sharing the good news about Jesus with them. You want to share the gospel not THIS CHURCH

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Scene Two:

Your assignment is to create a movie scene about a Christian who reaches out to some of their close friends.

You can choose to make it either a picture of how to reach out or a picture of how not to reach out. In the end the friends can either respond positively or negatively.

Try to make as honest a portrayal as possible. In other words the friend should respond as friends who don’t know God normally would.

You must include everyone in your group in some way. Don’t forget that asking them to come to church isn’t sharing the good news about Jesus with them. You want to share the gospel not THIS CHURCH

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Scene Three:

Your assignment is to create a movie scene about a Christian who reaches out to members of their family.

You can choose to make it either a picture of how to reach out or a picture of how not to reach out. In the end the family member can either respond positively or negatively.

You must include everyone in your group in some way. Don’t forget that asking them to come to church isn’t sharing the good news about Jesus with them. You want to share the gospel not THIS CHURCH

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Scene Four:

Your assignment is the most challenging, but ultimately the best of the bunch. Your job is to create a movie scene that depicts the life of an average Christian teenager.

Your main scene should be the Christian trying to tell a non-Christian about God, but the non-Christian won’t respond because of the Christian’s lifestyle.

(“Why would I want your Jesus, you’re no better than I am”)

To set up the scene you may want to show the Christian in some of the negative behavior and then show him/her trying to share.

Try to set up the conflict that occurs when you try to live like everyone else, and share God.

You must include everyone in your group in some way. Don’t forget that asking them to come to church isn’t sharing the good news about Jesus with them. You want to share the gospel not THIS CHURCH.

Illustrated Concepts

Illustrated Concepts

When you are dealing with a concept that students may have a small understanding of, but would like to see how much they really grasp it give them the opportunity to draw it. You will be able to gauge how much they understand and probably find some good jumping off points for discussing the idea.

Here is how it works:

  • Pass out paper to everyone. (I would suggest half sheets of paper because those of us who can’t draw sometimes feel a little intimidated trying to fill a whole sheet)
  • Group them into groups of no more than 4 to share art supplies. (I normally stock up on packs of crayons at back to school sales)
  • Give them the concept that you would like for them to explore. Some examples include: Love, freedom, sacrifice, hope, or forgiveness. Normally I would add a restriction that makes them think beyond the obvious, for instance when we talked about love I didn’t let them use a heart, or when we talked about forgiveness I wouldn’t let them use a cross. Those small things make the students dig a little deeper and help you get better responses.
  • Let them have an ample amount of time to draw. There will be a few people done in 30 seconds, but this activity isn’t for those people. The people who really respond to a drawing exercise will take their time and dig into it.
  • At the end of your drawing time have them get into different groups of 4 and then share their pictures and why they drew what they drew. Move around the room during this time praising their work and listening for cues to their understanding. Choose a couple of pieces to kick off the rest of your discussion.

Group Collage

Group Collage

This is a simple way to add art to your worship. Let everyone create a piece of worship art an collect them into one large collage.

Here is How it Works

Pass out half sheets of paper (of for a more permanent display those small hard canvas boards you can get at an art supply store). Choose your theme (an easy first theme would be the cross) and then have students to draw pictures around that theme. Normally if I am going to use them in a collage I will ask students to fill the entire sheet with color. (This will make the final project look more complete)

Play some soft worship music and let the students interact quietly as they draw. Collect them when they are finished and ask some artistic youth to come and help you arrange them on a wall in your youth room before the next meeting.

God is Faithful

God is Faithful

These three “stations” can be used to add creative content to a worship gathering without being the whole focus. These stations explore the idea of the faithfulness of God and are designed to fit into a larger worship time. You can download the instruction sheets for each station by clicking the .pdf links at the bottom of this post.

Materials Needed:

  • Journal Sheets
  • Pens
  • Art supplies
  • Large roll of paper on wall (optional)
  • river rocks
  • Instruction sheets for the other stations

The Set Up:

Set up the drawing station by putting a large sheet of paper up on the wall with the instructions and art supplies where they can be easily accessed. In the “touch” station place the river rocks and instructions. Pass out the journal sheets to everyone in the group. Point out the other stations around the room for those who wish to use them.  You may want to let worshipers know that they don’t need to finish the journaling sheets if they want to get engage in the other stations. We took about 8 minutes between songs (with soft music playing) in our worship set for students to work through a couple of these ideas.

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Art:

Deuteronomy 32:4

God is faithful. We say that many times in churches, but what does it really mean? Use the material provided to draw your idea of God’s faithfulness. You can draw about a personal time when God came through for you, or you can draw something that represents God’s faithfulness to you.

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Journaling

John 21:25

If we are following God we will face many obstacles that are too big for us to overcome. In the wild there are many dangers that we simply cannot survive without God. But entering into such a dangerous life can be scary if we forget just how amazing God really is.

Use the space provided to come up with 30 words or phrases to describe God. You can use names of God, phrases you may know from the Bible, or anything that you feel describes God.

Once you get 30 look back at your list and think that everything that you wrote isn’t even a fraction of all that God really is. That is the God that is on our side.

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Touch:

Joshua 4:1-7

In the old testament God directed his people to build monuments as reminders of times when He was faithful. Are there any times in your life that God was real to you, or that God came through for you. Choose one of the stones from this pile (you can choose more if you have more than one event) and find a place to kneel and pray and thank God for his faithfulness. Be specific as your remember what God did and how he came through for you. Carry this stone with you as a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

Faithful Art .pdf

Faithful Journaling .pdf

Faithful Touch .pdf

Gentle Whisper Reflections

Gentle Whisper Reflections

The set up for this is simple. If possible dim the lights, but that is about all of the advance planning needed. Read through the following slowly. If you are just starting out adding silence to your worship times you may want to start with just 3 minutes. If your group has some experience with silent worship then you can move up to 5 or more.

A couple of tips about silence:

1) If your group is new to the experience you may want to explain the difference between silence and just not talking. The idea is to cut out all noise, that includes clearing your throat. This should keep the cacophony of coughs and sniffles that occur at around the 1 minute mark to a minimum.

2) Time your silence. In our fast paced and planned out worship gathering a minute of silence will seem like an eternity. Use a watch to be sure that you give the silence enough time to breathe.

Instructions:

Say: Take a moment and quietly find a place where you are comfortable. You can stay sitting where you are, or you can find a comfortable spot on the floor.

When everyone is settled read 1 Kings 19:9-13

Say: We come here to see and encounter God. But so many times we surround ourselves with lights and music and videos and all of this stuff and we forget that sometimes God comes in a gentle whisper.

We seem to surround our lives with noise, with cell phones and computers and a different activity every night. We are so afraid of silence, because in the silence we must face who we really are and most of us don’t really like who we are.

Right now we are going to sit quietly for a while. Use this time to pray, to seek God’s face, and to ask Him to cut through the noise in your life and open up your heart to worshiping Him.

Give students time to simply sit in silence. Let the Holy Spirit guide you as you determine how long to spend in silence.