Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

Community Builders: Jesus Connections

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Young people get a chance to think about Jesus, and practice talking about Jesus, by selecting two Jesus cards and describing the connection they see between the two. Use both the red and purple sets of Jesus cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2017) or print your own sets (Red Set / Purple... See more

Community Builders: Jesus Questions

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Young people share openly and honestly their questions about Jesus in a supportive small group. Use both the red and purple sets of Jesus cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2017) or print your own sets (Red Set / Purple Set).
Spread the cards face up on the floor or on a table that... See more

Community Builders: Jesus and Me

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

A discussion starter for small groups, helping young people share what Jesus means to them. Use the purple set of Jesus cards (gifted to everyone at The Abbey 2017) or make your own set with our free Jesus card printable.
Spread the cards face up on the floor or on a table that the group are... See more

Junior Youth: Light vs Dark

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Light vs Dark' is the fourth session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through the... See more

Junior Youth: Choose The Light

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Choose the Light' is the third session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through the... See more

Junior Youth: Light of the World

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Light of the World' is the second session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through... See more

Junior Youth: Light & Dark in the World

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1v5
This is the first in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and... See more

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 7: Isaiah & The Prophets

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This is the final study in the Genesis to Jesus series, exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus. This study looks at Isaiah's prophecies about Jesus.
You will need: Bibles, charades ideas, laptop, projector, speakers, Isaiah 53... See more

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 6: David & the Kings

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This is the sixth study in the Genesis to Jesus series, exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
You will need: wrapped clues with verses (see 'King David's highlights & lowlights' below), wrapping paper/newspaper, tape, scissors,... See more

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 5: The Israelites & Sacrifice

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This is the fifth study in the Genesis to Jesus series, exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
You will need: rolls of toilet paper, large sheet(s) of paper, pens, tape/blu-tak
Beforehand, draw brick shapes on the paper to make it... See more

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 4: Moses & the Law

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This is the fourth in a series exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
weird laws game show
Divide your youth into teams, and get each group to decide on a noise which they will use as their buzzer.
Round One
They need to be... See more

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 3: Abraham & Faith

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This is the third in a series exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
Introduction: Waiting Game
Play a game that requires speed or patience.
Have a discussion about how we like things to happen quickly (for example, fast food... See more

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 2: In the beginning

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

"In the Beginning" is the second in this series which explores the key people, stories and themes of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus.
Introduction: Story Time
Over the next few weeks, we’re going to be looking at the big picture of the Bible: the people and... See more

Junior Youth: Genesis to Jesus 1: Introduction

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

This is the first in a series exploring the key people and stories of the Old Testament, and how they point the way to Jesus. The aim of this session is to introduce the topic and help get your group familiar with the books of the Old Testament.
Finding our way around the Old... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Pass the Parcel

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

This twist on Pass the Parcel is a fun way to tell the Christmas story and reflect on God’s gift of love in Jesus. Our young people really enjoyed this. Our churched young people appreciated hearing a familiar story in a fresh way, and our ‘community’ kids had a fun introduction to a side of... See more

Developing Leaders: Young Leaders Training: Shepherds and Sheep

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Shepherds and Sheep' is a training session intended to be used with a group of young leaders. By looking at Jesus, the Good Shepherd, they will discover more about Christian leadership and how to care for their own 'sheep'.
Introduction
If appropriate, you could share briefly about how... See more

Senior Youth: Bread of Life

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

'Bread of Life' is a Bible study on John 6:25-40, based on the key idea that Jesus is essential for life.
Key scripture: "Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." John... See more

Hooks: A Life You Will Remember

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Use Avicii’s song “The Nights” to raise the all important question: “Who is Jesus?”.
Starting with the song’s key lyric - “live a life you will remember” - this interactive message will get your youth thinking about what it takes to live a life that will be remembered, and... See more

Christmas & Easter: Watch The Lamb

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Bring the moving song "Watch The Lamb" by Ray Boltz to life by inviting members of your youth group and Sunday School to mime/act it out while it plays over your sound system.
Performed on Palm Sunday or during any Easter service, it brings Jesus’ Passion and sacrifice home in a powerful... See more

Young Adults: Temptation

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Sometimes it can feel like the world is full of temptations pulling us away from God - and it seems almost impossible to resist. How do followers of Jesus deal with a world that seems to encouraging us to act on our immediate desires?
A study on Luke 4:1-3 for young adults from the Society of... See more

Young Adults: Lent

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Lent is the season when we remember Jesus’ 40 days of testing in the Wilderness and his victory over the evil temptations. Why is Lent so important that I’d want to give up coffee for it?
A study on Luke 4:1-3 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in Christchurch.
THE... See more

Teaching Games: Big Christmas Quizzer

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

This is a Christmas Quiz of epic proportions. See how much you really know about Christmas with this massive series of Christmas quizzes covering Global Traditions, Kiwi Christmas, Most Expensive Toys, Christmas Carols,  All About Jesus, and a good old True & False section as... See more

Young Adults: The Meaning of Life

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

For followers of Jesus the Meaning of Life isn't so much what, but who. How do we live a new life of meaning in light of who Jesus is?
A study on Colossians 3:1-17 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in Christchurch.
THE STORY
A quick introduction to the week’s bible... See more

Young Adults: The Theory of Everything

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Humans have been searching for the Meaning of Life since the dawn of time. How do Christians make sense of the Big Question, and how does Jesus fit into that?
A study on Colossians 1:15-23 for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light, in Christchurch.
THE STORY
A quick... See more

Social Events: A Midwinter Christmas

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Winter games + Christmas games + a Christmas message + presents: a midwinter Christmas is a winning combination.
Why not celebrate Christmas twice a year?
Beforehand
Decorate your area as a winter wonderland (e.g. paper snowflakes, polystyrene balls, white/blue/silver streamers) and... See more

Active & Interactive Prayers: The Wall

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Young people create a newsprint ‘wall of sin’ to illustrate how sin cuts us off from God and to show how Jesus breaks down the wall between us and God.
You will need: newsprint, vivids, blue-tak or masking tape, a cross, a candle, matches and a good torch.
This works best at night and... See more

Junior Youth: What’s that got to do with Easter?

Contributed by: Susan Baldwin

Learn more about the story of Easter through the objects named in the Bible.
Split the group into teams of 5-8 (for fun ways to do this see our Team Forming Games).
Step 1: Make the Connection
Place the selected objects (e.g bread, nails, towel, sword - see list below) in... See more

Young Adults: The Answer

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

For followers of Jesus, his death on the cross and resurrection is seen as the most important moment in the history of the universe, and God’s ultimate answer to the problem of sin and evil. But how and why was Jesus’ death the solution?
A study on Romans 3:21-26 for young adults from 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

Young Adults: Angry God

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Throughout the Bible there are plenty of references to both the love of God, and the wrath of God and the final judgement of all humans before Him. How do followers of Jesus make sense of these two very different impressions of God?
A study on Romans 2:1-11 for young adults from the Society... See more

Young Adults: What the Hell?

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Hell is a topic not many of us know much about, but one that also puts plenty of people off following Jesus altogether. What do Christians believe about hell and how should it impact the way we live our lives?
A study on Matthew 25:31-46  for young adults from the Society of Salt and Light,... See more

Senior Youth: Man of Steel Mirrors Jesus

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Since his creation, it has been said that Superman is a type of Christ figure. For example, his heavenly Kryptonian father sends his only son to earth as a baby. Also, Superman is 33 years old when he finally reveals his great powers to the world -- the same age as Jesus when he went to the... See more

Hooks: Better than Santa

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

This is a reworked version of 'Why Jesus Is Better Than Santa Claus', with an added activity for you to use with it.
Why Jesus is Better than Santa Claus
Santa lives at the North Pole...
JESUS is everywhere.
Santa comes but once a year...
JESUS is an ever present help.
Santa... See more

Hooks: The Fox and the Narrow Road

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Start with a game of hangman, awarding a lolly to everyone who guesses a correct letter. The clue was "Two Phrases", the answers were: "BE  SHARP" and "LOOK CLOSER"
Jesus said, “The road to life is narrow and not many people find it, but the road to destruction is wide and many people travel... See more

Young Adults: Sin City

Contributed by: Spanky Moore, Diocese of Christchurch

Sin doesn’t just impact us personally on a moral level, but also responsible for the problems at a wider level in society. How should followers of Jesus respond to the overwhelming injustices and suffering in the world?
A study on Romans 1:24-32 for young adults from the Society of Salt... See more

Teaching Games: Christmas Quiz

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Here are two multiple choice quizzes: one is based on the Gospel account of Christmas, the other is based on all the wordly add-ons. See which one people do better in!
All the questions and answers for both quizzes are below, or you can download and print the Question and Answer Sheets... See more

All play: Unscramble

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Put a scrambled word on the screen . . . first to unscramble it gets points for their team.  Play a couple of rounds.
Or… make a whole activity of it around a Bible passage as below  (Mark 4 or Matt 13) (click on the image to view larger).
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Talks: Blood Brother

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Jesus said, “Greater love has no-one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends”. This is a story that helps illustrate that love and how much Jesus loves us.
Once there was a boy called Jeremy, aged 10, who had a younger brother, Jonathan, just four years old. Jeremy had always... See more

Hooks: The Battle of Helms Deep

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Show the clip of the Battle of Helms Deep in the Two Towers. If you're using the DVD, show Chapter 48 “Forth Eorlingas”. Alternatively view it on YouTube Battle of Helms Deep
Like Helms Deep, a battle wages within us between good and evil. Like Gandalf there, our victory comes through... See more

Hooks: If Jesus were a teenager today…

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Discussion Questions
If you had a chance to meet Jesus in person, how would that feel?
What questions would you want to ask him?
If your history teacher at school asked you, "Who was Jesus?", what would you reply? How would most of your friends answer?
Who did Jesus say he is?... See more

Senior Youth: The Two Towers – Romans Style

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


Bible Study on Romans 7:14-25
Big Idea: Jesus sets us free to do the good we want to do and overcome the sin that holds us back
Opener
Romans 7 describes an internal battle we all face between our good and our dark sides.
Think about yourself. What good thing do you want to do... See more

Community Builders: Talk Sparkers about Faith

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Choose from these questions and sentence completions to get young people talking about their faith.


  • How would you describe Jesus to a person who's never heard of him?

  • C.S. Lewis once said that Jesus was either God, a liar, or a lunatic. Are these the only ways to... See more

Hooks: Jesus Images in the Fellowship of the Ring

Contributed by: Phil Trotter

Organise a screening of the clip of Arwen’s Flight to the Ford in The Fellowship of the Ring (DVD Chapter 17 ) or from YouTube: Flight to the Ford and Give up the Halfling, She-Elf! (this 2nd clip gives you Arwen’s prayer for Frodo).
Invite the young people to watch the clip and note ways... See more

All play: Jesus Actionary

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

Explain that this game involves miming to your team things that Jesus did in his time on earth - just like charades. There will be 10 rounds in which your team tries to guess the answer before the other teams.
Use the red Jesus cards (gifted to participants at The Abbey 2017) or print your own... See more