Posts Tagged ‘compassion’

Young Adults: Hospitality

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Hospitality – How we welcome guests and new people says a lot about who we are. How could we recover the art of great hospitality in our groups and create regular times to eat and hang out together over food?
A study on Genesis 18:1-8 and Matthew 25:34-40 for young adults from the Society... See more

Young Adults: Keeping It Local

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Keeping It Local - What does Christ’s incarnation teach us about engaging in our local neighbourhoods, committing deeply to the people around us, and transforming our communities? What would happen if we committed to our churches, each other and to our neighbours for the long haul?
A study on... See more

Outreach: The $500 Challenge

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Raise some funds for a organization that really helps people.
You could produce a play, a concert, do a long walk, run or bike together for sponsorship, run a fair or creative market.
From "Look Out! Twenty-one Ways to be Outward Looking with your Youth Group", developed by the Social... See more

Outreach: Playing Around

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Auckland

Along with your youth leaders, run a fun games, crafts & face painting afternoon for young local kids.
It’s a great way to meet and reach out to your community.
From "Look Out! Twenty-one Ways to be Outward Looking with your Youth Group", developed by the Social Justice Unit of the... See more

Senior Youth: Jesus Stopped: A Bible Study on Mark 10:46-52

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Big Idea
Jesus is the compassionate king, distracted even from his biggest mission by one man in need.
Launching Questions
1. What stops you in your tracks? For example if you’re on your way to something, or have something important to do, what distracts you from... See more

Outreach: Chalk it up

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Draw chalk messages, poetry or art around your community or school that gently or quirkily helps people to think about a social justice issue or inspires them to live differently.
From "Look Out! Twenty-one Ways to be Outward Looking with your Youth Group", developed by the Social Justice Unit... See more

Outreach: Is NZ fair? How wealth is shared

Contributed by: Kate Day, Diocese of Christchurch

Use this exercise to demonstrate how wealth is shared in New Zealand


  • The richest 10 percent own over half the country’s total wealth.

  • The richest 1 percent own 16 percent of total wealth.

  • The poorest 50 percent own just 5 percent of all... See more

Outreach: Film the Past

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Past ways are powerful!
Make it your group project to visit rest homes with a list of questions and ask the residents about how they coped before the age of the refrigerator, cheap clothes, and plastic bags.
Share the results to inspire your school, community or church to live more... See more

Outreach: Buy Nothing Week

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Live simply...
...so others can simply live.
Organize a ‘buy nothing’ week (or day) at your school, church or youth group to encourage people to consume less and think about how much we spend on ourselves.
From "Look Out! Twenty-one Ways to be Outward Looking with your Youth... See more

Outreach: Join the Movement

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

What big issues do you care about most?
Ring up an organization that inspires you, explain who you are and ask how you can help. You might like to try Amnesty International, Forrest and Bird, the Global Poverty Project, Green Peace, or the Social Justice wing of the Anglican... See more

Outreach: Cookin’ Up Some Love

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Does your youth group love food? (What group doesn't?!) Here are a few ideas to use their love of food to bless their local community.
Does your church have a freezer of pre-prepared meals ready to go for families that have a crisis and need some time off cooking? If so, spend an evening with... See more

Outreach: Love your neighbour

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Looking for ideas to help your youth group be a blessing to their local community?
Why not give one of these a try:
Bake together as a youth group. Take your neighbours a plate of baking and start a conversation.
Get into a team, grab some gardening tools and offer to do outdoor work... See more

Outreach: Famine

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Do the 40 hour famine together!
Held every year in term 2, the World Vision 40 Hour Famine is a great way for your youth group to experience what it is like to be hungry, or to go without something basic.
Give them a challenge to see how much money they can raise as a group.
Find out... See more

Talks: The Parable of the Good Roller Blader

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

At social events we can point to God in a low key way. Here’s an example of taking a parable of Jesus and resetting it in your social event, in this case - roller blading.
A popular man came up to Jesus and asked, “What must I do to have eternal life?”
Jesus answered, “What does... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers about Social Justice

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about social issues


  • Describe a time when you felt like a victim of racial, social, or religious prejudice. What's a Christian's responsibility in these situations?

  • Agree or disagree:... See more