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Fun Youth Group Lesson: Teaching Through Murals

This youth group lesson idea can be used for just about any lesson you want to teach. I use this method mostly for teaching a passage in the Bible, like The Exodus, or The Christmas Story.

Here's the plan: Get a long strip of white butcher paper (about eighteen inches per kid). Have plenty of colored markers, felt tip pens, and crayons ready. Pin or tape the butcher paper to a flat wall at the kids eye level. Give each kid a piece of paper containing a verse or verses that is easily drawn as a picture.  
Example: To teach the Christmas story use sections of Luke 2:8, " And there were shepherds living out in the fields..." Suggest that this teen draw shepherds and a flock of sheep. The next kid would draw the "heavenly host", the next the manger scene, etc. While they drew I added things like clouds, sky, a road, trees, etc to connect the scenes. Let them draw for about 20 minutes then start at the beginning of the line and have each kid read their verses to the rest of the kids and show their illustration. By the end they will have learned the Christmas story and created a master piece of artwork they will be proud of. Move the masterpiece to the top edge of the wall. After several lessons your entire youth room will be ringed by illustrated Bible lessons that they'll remember.

For the Christmas story I printed the passages I wanted then taped these along the bottom edge of the mural. Here is the .pdf of the text ready to use.  We made it in the lobby. I had the kids sign their names. The congregation appreciatively viewed their masterpiece on the way out of church. Parents eagerly looked for their kids contribution. Younger teenagers actually love doing this. The older teenagers are a bit reluctant. For them, and for those who have no drawing skills, I printed out some coloring pages from Free Coloring Pages website that matched the Bible story. They sat at the table and colored while chatting. Then we trimmed their drawings and pasted them to the mural.

Here's twelve more similar Sunday School lesson plans.

Boardwalk B1840900 Butcher Paper Roll 18 x 900ft White

Butcher Paper Roll 18 x 900ft White

Plain butcher paper is hard to find. The grocery store used to give it away but now it's covered with their logos.  Here is a website to get different sizes from.

Strong White, all purpose butcher paper can also be used for disposable table covers. Several sizes available.

Reach Out - Physical Many students are intimidated by the idea of sharing their faith with friends. Reach Out will help you as a youth worker effectively address the topic of evangelism and spur your teenagers toward a greater passion for sharing their faith.

Letting them teach:

As a closer to the year (the Sunday after Christmas) I celebrate "Boxing-day". This is actually a real holiday in some countries, celebrated in different ways. One way is for the boss to trade places for the day with an employee (not a popular TV show).

In my case I have the kids become the teacher and the teacher becomes the student.  I encourage each kid to come prepared to do a five minute presentation on the most significant Bible verse, faith lesson, or spiritual growth from the past year. They also have to bring me a snack since I've been bringing them the snack for the past year.

I have a backup lesson ready to go, and a game, just in case.

670773: Ministry by Teenagers: Developing Leaders from Within

Ministry by Teenagers: Developing Leaders from Within
By Jonathan McKee & David R. Smith / Youth Specialties

Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of numerous youth ministry books including: Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the award winning book Do They Run When They See You Coming?

"What if we pour into these young teenage leaders, disciple them, and do ministry alongside of them instead of for them? What if we ease back on our ministry to teenagers, supplementing it with more ministry by teenagers?"

 Make your own sock puppets with the kids then make skits. Video tape the skits and play them back for the kids. We laughed so hard our sides hurt.

424588: Instant Puppet Skits: 20 Stories From People Who Met Jesus  

Use puppets to illustrate a Bible passage.

You might think your kids are too old for puppets but it can still be tons of fun. Let them develop a skit to illustrate a Bible passage and then put on a puppet show for the rest of the group. Supply them with a handful of puppet characters or make your own.  They laughed so hard I was afraid they'd choke on their powered donuts. The links shown are from Mardell.

Acting Out - Physical

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Acting Out

Ever seen a boring, dull, lame skit at church? We're convinced church should be a place where creativity goes to thrive, not die. Here are 20 user-friendly sketches that will help drive home the point of your message and get students talking about the tough moments and choices of teenage life. Your students don't want spiritual propaganda. They want and need stories that help them explore the human experience. For teenagers, experience supersedes cold, hard "facts," and stories facilitate an encounter with truth that applies directly to their own life situations, meanings that might be vastly unique. Each script will challenge different people in different ways. That's why we've included two sets of discussion questions with each script to fuel student conversation and application. Here's a bonus with this resource: We've included some training videos to help you transform a skit into a video. You'll find this particularly helpful if you don't currently have a drama team in your youth ministry, you want to inspire students with filmmaking aspirations, or if you'd just rather use a video in your youth service. Every skit is editable and reproducible for the students in your ministry. Change the skits, add some characters, drop some lines, rewrite it in Elizabethan English, whatever best connects with the students in your ministry. These skits will give you the tools for building a drama team, encouraging creativity among your students, generating meaningful discussions, and effectively communicating God's timeless truths to teenagers hungry for real-world wisdom and guidance in a language that connects and sticks with them.

409194: Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five  Books of Moses, DVD  

Walking the Bible follows author Bruce Feiler on his quest to explore the stories of the Bible in a trek across the Middle East. This DVD helps kids picture the settings in which the Bible was written.


442827: 101 Hymn Stories: The Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns  

101 Hymn Stories: The Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns 

Helping kids understand Biblical culture and geographical area:

The DVD shown at the left is a great asset for helping kids understand the culture and geography where the Bible stories took place. There are three one-hour episodes that cover the stories from the first five books of the Bible. Made for PBS, it's not completely theologically accurate but it is really great to help them envision the settings and cultures of the Bible stories.

When reading the Bible we automatically fill in the scene using our imagination. Being able to properly envision the scene or setting helps to properly understand what the author is trying to tell us.

634486: Teaching With Love and Logic: Taking Control of the Classroom  

Teaching With Love & Logic: Taking Control Of The Classroom

My wife and I learned the Love & Logic techniques of parenting to help raise our kids. It worked very well. I naturally brought these same techniques into my interactions with all the kids in my life. Because I maintained the respect of the kids in my Sunday school classes I have been able to have an effective ministry in their lives. Even with the tough kids. Those tough relationships have actually turned out to be some of the most rewarding.

I strongly recommend this book. Click on the book to order from Barnes & Nobel.For more on classroom or group discipline methods.

Teaching Theology Through Hymns

Christian hymns are often based directly on scripture or a specific belief. Those of us who grew up signing hymns in church remember the words decades later.  This is a great way to help children memorize scripture. You do not need an entire worship band to sing a hymn. Many hymns are meant to be sung without instruments. The link below is a DVD of 80 hymns you can sing along to.
562156: The Kids Hymnal Sing-Along DVD The Kids Hymnal Sing-Along DVD

Everybody can participate with this wonderful complement to The Kids Hymnal! Loaded with 80 hymns, praise and worship selections, Scripture songs, kids' favorites and seasonal classics, you'll see the lyrics for each song over a coordinating background on your TV screen so kids of all ages can sing along! It's perfect for children's choirs, Sunday school sing-alongs, children's church, or family fun at home! Please see "Back Cover" above for complete list of songs.
Most denominations have their own specific hymnal that incorporates their individual worship styles and theological viewpoints. Many hymns can be seasonal, rich in tradition, and reflect church history. Knowing the story behind the hymn (link left) will help the kids value their beliefs. Hymns will help them worship God.
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