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267463: Choose Your Top 3: 500 Dynamic Discussion Starters to  Get Your Teenagers Talking  
 

718997: I Want to Talk with My Teen About Movies, Music and More  

This book by Walt Mueller is the newest in a series of the very popular I Want to Teach My Child About...
Walt is the founder of Center for Parent/Youth Understanding .

 

017393: Insanitized, DVD
70 Minutes of side-splitting Christian fun age appropriate for teenagers.

883720: Cutback, DVD  
Scott learns there is more to life than riding the waves.

422560: Group"s Blockbuster Movie Illustrations
 

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427598: Group"s Blockbuster Movie Events: Relevant Retreats and Movie Nights for Youth Ministry
Turn movie-night into a memorable teaching opportunity! 

 

 

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Movie Night
Christian Youth Group Favorite

Christian Movies:

I love movies. Movies can spark spiritual thought and conversations. Movie nights with your youth group are actually easy and fun. Parents will gladly drive their kids over because they know their kids will have a good time with great people. Kids will want to attend because they know nothing will be expected of them but to enjoy. You can add a desert and popcorn easily. My wife likes to make dinner too. It's a solid group building event.

Here are links to great movie suggestions and sources for more.

380196: Soul Surfer, DVD Soul Surfer, DVD

The astonishing true story of a courageous 13-year-old surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack---but never lost her faith! You'll be inspired by how Bethany Hamilton overcame physical and emotional trauma to return to competitive surfing with the help of her family---and God. Stars Anna Sophia Robb, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, and Dennis Quaid. Rated PG. Approx. 106 minutes.

Bethany's youth pastor, church, and youth group are featured prominently in this movie. A host of Christian based resources have been created around this movie including devotions and a church outreach event kit.

Soul Surfer:

Bethany's mom also wrote a book that invites readers to journey with the Hamilton's to the lush islands of Hawaii, to experience a worldwide news event, Bethany’s shark attack, from her parents’ point of view. Witness the many small steps of faith and how God stepped in and gave them a higher purpose.

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569874: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010),  2-DVD Special Edition The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), 2-DVD Special Edition

When Lucy and Edmund Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace, are swallowed into a painting and transported back to Narnia, they join King Caspian and a heroic mouse named Reepicheep aboard the magnificent ship The Dawn Treader. The courageous voyagers travel to mysterious islands, confront mystical creatures, and reunite with the Great Lion Aslan on a mission that will determine the fate of Narnia itself! 2-DVD set. Dove approved. Rated PG. Approx. 115 minutes.

The Chronicles of Narnia are always a good movie selection. These classic productions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Dawn Treader; and The Silver Chair are cherished by Narnia fans worldwide!

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Don't Just Sit There:

Movie Night is a great youth group building experience. Take advantage of snack breaks or dinner time to stimulate conversations and sharing. Use the ice-breaker book shown in the left column to keep the conversation going.

Pause the movie if there is a scene that has a spiritual parallel you might want to briefly discuss. Also, keep a notepad nearby if you see a scene you might mention as an illustration in a later lesson.

56626: Videos That Teach 4: 75 More Movie Moments to Get Teenagers Talking Videos That Teach 4: 75 More Movie Moments to Get Teenagers Talking
By Doug Fields & Eddie James / Zondervan Youth Specialties

In the same style of the ever popular Videos That Teach, Videos That Teach 2, and Videos That Teach 3, Fields and James deliver another round of video clips from recent movies designed to teach your students. For better or worse, movies are the storytellers for our postmodern students. With this follow up to the previous two best-sellers, you can use the "visual parables" of modern cinema to illustrate the point of your lesson or discussion. Teachable clips from 75 movie titles provide the frame work for Videos That Teach 4, an invaluable media resource for anyone who works with adolescents (or adults too, for that matter). Indexed by subject and Scripture references, each clip comes complete with summaries of the movie and the clip, start and stop times, Scripture references, and discussion-starter questions. Clips from popular movies make this highly usable book a resource that will appeal to youth workers, Bible study leaders, and Sunday school teachers of just about every denomination.

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988475: Letters to God, DVD  
 

Christian Video Licensing and Location:

I recommend hosting a movie night in your home. If you show a movie at church or other public building you must first ensure that you have obtained permission, even if you are only showing a 30-second scene.  This is because pre-recorded videos and DVD's that you can buy or rent from shops are only intended for personal home use, not public viewing such as in your church building. Here's a link for more Church Video Licensing questions from ChristianCinema.com
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086696: The Blind Side, DVD

The Blind Side, DVD

Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) knows little about family. Less about football. What the homeless teen knows are the streets and projects of Memphis.
Well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) knows little about his world. Yet when she and Michael meet, he's found a home. And the Tuohys have found something just as life-changing: a beloved new son and brother. This real-life story of family and of Michael's growth into a blue-chip football star will have you cheering with its mix of gridiron action and heartwarming emotion. Share the remarkable journey of the college All-American and first-round NFL draft pick who was a winner before he ever stepped onto the playing field. Rated

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354456: To Save a Life, DVD To Save a Life, DVD
By Provident Music Distribution

Jake Taylor has it all---popularity, a basketball scholarship, and a beautiful girlfriend. But when Roger, an outcast and Jake's childhood friend, walks onto campus with a gun in his pocket and pain in his heart, his tragic actions rock Jake's world. Could Jake have saved him? Will seeking the answer cost him his dreams and his girl? Rated PG-13. Approx. 120 minutes.
When his childhood friend's life ends in tragedy, Jake Taylor decides to use his influence as big man on campus to make sure that it never happens again. Crossing social barriers he befriends a loner, Johnny Garcia. When Johnny's life quickly spirals out of control, will Jake have what it takes to stop him from the same tragic fate?  "To Save a Life Curriculum Kit"christian_movie

004922: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, DVD Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, DVD

Ben Stein may not look like a typical school rebel---but when he learned that educators and scientists were being ridiculed, denied tenure, and even fired for the "crime" of discussing evidence of "design" in nature, he'd had enough! Join him as he travels the world, questioning academia's doctrine of random evolution and championing intellectual freedom! Also includes pocket size book of quotes. Rated PG. Approx. 95 minutes.
Bonus Features:
  • Inside Expelled - Interview with Ben & Lee Strobel
While Ben Stein is not a Christian he is great at exposing the absurdity of the theory of evolution without getting lost in creationism. A fair treatment of intelligent design.

003995: Bringing Up Bobby, DVD Bringing Up Bobby, DVD
By Provident Music Distribution

Meet the Wylers;a family unlike any other ... and way too much like your own! Take four unique siblings, mix in Bobby's 16th birthday party, a cute new girl at school, the long-delayed reading of their parents' will, a hidden stash of cash, an attractive lawyer, and the infamous War Table, and you have one quirky story about family, faith, and friendship. Dove approved. Widescreen. Closed captions. Approx. 93 minutes.

Click link to view movie trailer. Just $12.99 from Christian Book.com

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This website has a great list of Christian teen movies plus some free youth Bible lessons,
and great prize and incentive ideas.

 
461736: The Ideas Factory: 100 Adaptable Discussion Starters to Get Teens Talking The Ideas Factory: 100 Adaptable Discussion Starters to Get Teens Talking
By Martin Saunders

Youthworker Magazine editor Martin Saunders has compiled these 100 discussions starters to get young people talking. Each discussion starter includes a "trigger", "Opening Up" questions, "Digging Deeper" questions, and "Taking it to the Word" questions. The book has four sections: true stories, teen issues, famous names, and the Bible in 25 steps.
  Movie Night is one of the best and easiest youth group building events to put together. Having it in a families home provides a safe enviornment that helps kids relax and bond.  Moms are happy to supply snacks or easy meals. Use movies to illustrate teenage appropriate Bible lessons and spark spiritual conversation. Did you ever think the Bruce Almighty could be used to talk about prayers? I've used Dances With Wolves to illustrate our Identity In Christ. Benefit from my experiences to make planning your Christian teen movie night great.
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