From “I Never” to Always

From “I Never” to Always

Youth Lessons, Youth Ministry Ideas
I have a new idea and that is to post the notes from my lessons here on Nailscars.com. I won't do it every time, but I write a very manuscript form so you should be able to at least get some ideas. I don't really have the time to explain everything, but I will try to make some quick notes when I can. Theme: Getting a new start, Habits Today we are looking at creating habits that can up us, but also habits that can make a difference in the world. We tend to think of making changes in our life as things that help us be better, but it is more than that. You have been given a mission to make a difference in this world and the habits…
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How I prep a Youth Talk (Vlog 1)

How I prep a Youth Talk (Vlog 1)

vlogs, Youth Lessons, Youth Pastoring
So I got a new camera and a computer that is actually able to edit the footage from said camera so I am trying to spend some time making a daily log of what I do. These first few vlogs will be just sort of how I work and what my order of things looks like. Then I hope to transition into thoughts about youth pastoring and life as a dual youth/children's minister in a small church. My reason behind this is that I think there are lots of big church people talking about their process and how things work in their church, but for the average size 200 person or less church there is less dialog about the day to day life of a youth pastor who is also…
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Wildlife Middle School Worship is Back

Wildlife Middle School Worship is Back

Meeting Report, Youth Lessons, Youth Pastoring
One of the most fun things that has happened for me in ministry happened a couple of weeks ago. It was the triumphant return of Wildlife our once a month middle school only gathering. Now if you are a big group and you have middle school and high school separate already you know how great this is. But if you have a small youth group like mine it is really hard to split middle school and high school on a regular basis. 1) because you don't have enough staff and volunteers 2) you don't have the space and 3) if you split your youth group you would have even fewer people in each group and things would get weird. That is where Wildlife comes in. Once a month we have…
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My Advice for Life (A Drawing While Teaching Lesson)

My Advice for Life (A Drawing While Teaching Lesson)

Slider, Youth Lessons, Youth Ministry Ideas
This summer I have been working on a series of lessons based around drawings. To kick that off I did this lesson you see here. There is something almost mantra like about the opening to me. I wrote it, so it is weird to say, but it is a very cool way of pouring advice into teenagers without pouring advice into them. The actual lesson part is a little more straight forward. I would project the next piece of the drawing and then would talk about it and continue until I had a whole picture of what it means to be a child of God on the screen. You can see the drawing below (I like to leave it hand drawn looking so that the teenagers aren't intimdated to try…
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Squishy Circuits: An electric lesson for younger youth and children

Squishy Circuits: An electric lesson for younger youth and children

Object Lessons, Youth Lessons
The Idea: Use a simple circuit to light up some LEDs using "squishy circuits" to talk about sharing God's love with others. What are "squishy circuits" you ask? Squishy circuits are two specific types of homemade dough that you can use to create simple electrical circuits. You will need to create both a conductive dough and an insulating dough. Check out this link for the complete formula. For a very spunky description of squishy circuits be sure to see the video below. Bible Text: John 15:9-12 Main Point: Just like a circuit, God's love flows through us to others. What you will need: I put my group into teams of 3 and then gave each team the following items. So you will need one set of these items for every group…
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