There’s no Crying in Middle School

There’s no Crying in Middle School

Teen Culture, Youth Pastoring
If you have never watched A League of the Own you need to get off the Internet and go watch it now. If you have then you will remember when the coach (played by Tom Hanks) yells at one of his players and the player immediately starts to cry. Hanks is flummoxed by what he sees and appeals to the umpire with the no famous line, "there's no crying in baseball!" I have to admit that I sort of assumed that there was no crying in middle school, at least not when I went there. In my memory crying was a very bad thing and would get you branded a crybaby or worse. I am pretty sure I needed to cry a bunch in middle school and I can actually…
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Vacation Bible School

Meeting Report
We are working through VBS this week. It has been a fun time, but I am tired already and it isn't even Wednesday. I always forget just how much cutting things out teaching 3rd and 4th graders involves. I am getting quite skilled at it. At about this point in the week things get easier and harder. They are easier because the kids are starting to find their groove and most of the schedule kinks are worked out. Also, since we have a few lessons under our belt we can do more review questions and play those sorts of games which the kids just love. Things get harder because the kids are getting tired and so are the teachers. It is also harder because the teenagers that we use are getting…
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The Truth about Attendance

Meeting Report
I don’t think I will ever understand youth ministry. So we go to camp and there are like 4 youth who choose to surrender their life to God, and that is cool. Then we come back and everyone runs off on family vacations and the like and we have VBS and I’m burned out and it is almost like we didn’t get the bump from camp that I expected and that’s not cool. I mean last week we had like 15 people at church and the band left after they played (that is a whole different blog entry). So this week we are going to Blue Springs (a local state park) for a worship time and a mini service project (we are giving away water) and I thought we would…
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Tonight’s Object Lesson

Object Lessons
This is the first of a new section of Nailscars.com dedicated to object lessons. I am always finding weird ways of using toys and stuff for our youth lessons so I thought I would stick them up here. There will be an object lesson section as soon as I have more than one object lesson.  Line Chaserz Materials Needed:One Line Chaser Car (I found one at Toys-R-Us, but you can pick one up here)Large Sheet of white paper (at least 5 feet long for the effect)a dark black pen (the cars come with one)If you buy these large Line Chaserz you will need 2 AAA batteries. How it works:Draw a large oval track on your white paper. Experiment and make sure that the car will follow the line and stay…
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