12 Days of Christmas: Day 11 “Christmas Sermon FREEBIE”

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Hard to believe that we are already to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Today I am giving away the notes, graphic, and audio of a sermon I did this past Christmas called “The Change That Christmas Brings”.  My post from day 2  of the same name contained parts from this sermon.

You can download my sermon notes here:

The Change that Christmas Brings

You can listen and download the audio of the sermon here:

Sermon Audio

You can also click on the title graphic above to download the full sizeof the sermon title graphic.

Blessings!

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9 “Relational Giving”

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Do you remember giving your parents a coupon book for their birthday or Christmas?  I remember that I usually gave those as a last resort because I didn’t have any money or other ideas and thought that a coupon book was an easy way to make my parents happy.  However, I realized later that it became a more involved present when my parents actually used those coupons.  The above comic strips from the “Zits” cartoon show some humorous versions of a Christmas coupon book a teen could give his parents.  I was never smart enough to include simple ones like these.  For some reason I actually included chores that I hated doing.  Oh well.

 It is amazing how quickly the holiday season can become something that families survive rather than celebrate.  I love holidays because they are scheduled times for people to remember to slow down and celebrate.  However, the celebration that is supposed to be a time for relaxation can easily become a time of stress and bloated schedules.  

One area that can easily add stress to families if not kept in check is gift giving.   I personally think that the gift giving part of Christmas is fun, and a way to creatively show someone that you care about them.  However, I do see that when it becomes just an obligation and money thing that it misses the point.   That is why I think that it is good sometimes to encourage “relational gifts” instead of just buying gifts.  Relational gifts take more creativity and effort than just fulfilling someones Amazon wish list.  Those coupon books you gave as a kid is a great example of what a relational gift could be.

A great resource to use next Christmas with your students to teach them about giving relationally is www.adventconspiracy.org.

They have great resources for teaching and for your students to get involved in a practical way in what God is doing around the world.

12 Days of Christmas: Day 8 “Materialism Discussion Questions FREEBIE”

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Happy Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas.!

Today we are giving away another FREEBIE, and no it’s not 8 maids a milking (you know, from the song).  It is discussion questions about Christmas and materialism to go along with the two YouTube clips below.  Have the students discuss section 1, then show the 2 clips, and then have them do section 2.  When we did this lesson in our youth ministry we had the students divide into tables and lead the discussion themselves, but do it however works best in your ministry setting.

You can download the questions here:

Christmas and Materialism discussion questions

Here are the videos to go along with the questions:

Video 1:

Video 2: 

12 Days of Christmas: Day 7 “NYWC Media FREEBIE”

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imageThe gift for day 7 of Youth Ministry Cafe’s 12 Days of Christmas comes for the amazing people over at Youth Specialties.  The peeps over at Youth Specialties always put on a great conference for youth workers with their National Youth Workers Convention.  I would recommend this conference to anyone in youth ministry that is able to go.  You can check out the information on it here:http://nywc.com .  They also show how much they really do appreciate and support youth leaders by giving away the media (Logo, backgrounds, videos,etc)  from the conferences theme for FREE.  I used 2012’s theme “Wonder” just recently at this past year’s winter retreat for our youth group.  2013’s theme was “Onward” and I am excited to make a teaching series based on this theme.  They are only available in their website at certain times, and right now they have ALL of their themes available all the way back to 2002!

Check them out: http://nywc.com/themes/

They are great resources for theme ideas for a teaching series, retreats, or camps.    Plus the price is within any youth ministry’s budget.

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6 “New Years Trivia Game FREEBIE”

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Happy New Year!

For today’s post in the 12 Days of Christmas series on Youth Ministry Cafe we are giving away a FREEBIE in celebration of the coming new year.  To kick off the new year in our youth ministry we reflect on the past year in world events, pop culture, and in our own youth ministry.  One fun way that we do this is having a trivia game about things that happened in 2013.  You can download the question sheet and the answer sheet in this post.  Feel free to use this in your youth group, small group, or whatever.  Enjoy and may 2014 be a year of blessing for you and your youth ministry as you bless others in the name of Jesus!

You can download them here:

2013 Trivia

2013 Trivia with Answers

12 Days of Christmas: Day 5 “The Office Christmas Video”

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Here is a spoof video of the TV show “The Office” that we did a few years ago for our Christmas play.

Enjoy!

12 Days of Christmas: Day 4 “Llama Dynasty Video”

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Here is a spoof video our youth group did of the popular TV show “Duck Dynasty”.  We premiered this video during our “Underground Christmas Play 2013”.  Video skits are a good way to get some students involved who are not comfortable doing a live performance.

Enjoy!