JHM Material, 10/10

Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

 

Training Tip:

At the Orange Tour (youth ministry conference in Irvine, CA), I went to a breakout session called, “Never Let Parents, Parent Alone” and it was great. I wanted to share my notes below.

It’s lonely & difficult to parent.

5 Truths
1. Parents are worried.
Amount of info available rises our stress level.
Tools parents use: google or other parents.

What you can do: be available.

How you can be available:
–Start a digital parenting group on GroupMe

2. Parents are willing.
If students are showing up to mid-week service, parents are willing to do something!
What you can do: be a resource

How you can be a resource:
–Give them conversation cues based on what their kids are learning in small group

3. Parents are weary.
Life is a war/battle.

What you can do: be prayerful

How you can be prayerful:
–don’t wait for them to you weary, surprise them in their weariness.

4. Parents are wondering
Should my kids get Snapchat? Are my kids fitting in? What are my kids into that I have no idea about?
We have the answer.

5. Parents are wired.
Parents need help disconnecting from their phones and connecting with their kids. They also need help getting their kids disconnected from the phones.

What you can do: be a resource

Suggestion to pass on: “the phone bag”. everyone (including mom & dad) deposits their phone in a bag near the front door. family members can use their phone, but cannot remove the phone from said location.

One thing we can do now:

Create a GroupMe for parents only (and you and your co-leader). Please take time to make this happen this week and ask us if you need help.

 

Upcoming Stuff:
10/21-Health Faire Outreach (9am-3pm)
10/31-Trunk or Treat

 

Attendance:
Remember to take attendance through the email you receive weekly, and before the end of the night. Thank you!
 

Leader Meeting:
Please make it a priority to be at the wherehouse by 6:30pm to go over the details of the evening and to pray together. Send a message through GroupMe or text AJ at 906-7157 if you’ll be late or won’t be there.

 

TUESDAY, 10/10

Opening Game: BUSTED

Divide group into equally numbered teams. You can play this with two teams or two hundred teams, it makes no difference. For each team you will need to assign them a color that you can find balloons to match. Beforehand you will need to blow up an equal number of balloons for each team, the more the better the game. Balloons will have a puzzle piece inside. Put all of the balloons in the middle and mix them up. Scatter the teams so that each team is an equal distance away from the balloons. Have the teams line up. The game kind of works like a relay in that once you say go, the teams will send one player to the middle to retrieve one of their balloons, when they return, another player from the team may go, etc. As the team gets balloons, they will pop them to find a puzzle piece (or perhaps no puzzle piece). The team that correctly puts the puzzle together first wins!

 

Psalms!

Lesson 1: Overview of the Psalms

 

In these lessons that will happen periodically throughout the year, we will look at specific Psalms that speak to very relevant feelings that we all have in our lives.  For this first lesson we will look at an overview of what the Psalms are.  Also, many of the Psalms are songs or poems of praise to God, so we will look at some and talk about what worship is and why we do it.

 

Outline

 

The following is what will be on the outline that students will be given for service.  The part labeled “Front” is what will be taught during the message/teaching time.  The part labeled “Back” is for your group to work through in order to dig deeper into the highlighted scripture.

 

(Front)

 

What are the Psalms?

THE PSALMS ARE SONGS AND POEMS

THEY WERE WRITTEN BY SEVERAL WRITERS OVER 1000 YEARS

THEY ARE POEMS OF PRAYER, PRAISE AND PAIN

WE CAN LEARN WHAT WORSHIP IS FROM READING PSALMS

 

WE WORSHIP TOGETHER THROUGH MUSIC

Psalm 47:1

Come, everyone!  Clap your hands!

Shout to God with joyful praise!

 

WE WORSHIP WITH OUR WHOLE LIVES

Psalm 104

Let all that I am praise the Lord….

 

WE WORSHIP WHEN THINGS ARE HARD

Psalm 9:9

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,

a refuge in times of trouble.

 

WE WORSHIP BECAUSE WE LOVE GOD

Psalm 149:4a

The Lord takes pleasure in his people.

 

 

(Back)

 

Psalm 149:4a

The Lord takes pleasure in his people.

Psalm 9:9

The Lord is a shelter for the oppressed,

a refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 104

Let all that I am praise the Lord….

Psalm 47:1

Come, everyone!  Clap your hands!

Shout to God with joyful praise!

 

Scripture of Focus:

 

  • What is one thing that stood out to you in these verses?

 

  • Why do you think it stood out to you?

 

  • What can you apply to your life from these verses?

 

Discussion Questions

 

Use the following questions to further your discussion as a group.  You can either do these after your Scripture of Focus time or you can use them within your scripture focus time to add to the conversation as a whole.  As always you are welcome to guide the discussion the best that you and your co-leader think fits your group.

 

Did you learn anything new about the Psalms tonight?  Anything new about worship?

 

Do you feel like our worship time meant something different to you after learning more about what worship is?

 

What are some ways that you can worship throughout your day?  Have you thought of worship like that before?

 

 

Close in prayer at 8:25ish