But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them. Luke 2:19
Leader Tip: 5 SIGNS OF A HEALTHY & EFFECTIVE YOUTH WORKER – Doug Fields
Assumption: Every small group leader will have a daily connection with Jesus.
Make yourself an example of good works with integrity and dignity in your teaching. Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us. Titus 2:7-8
A Healthy & Effective Youth Worker…
- Uses empowering words
You have the potential to change a teen’s life forever by your words.
It takes 10-20 positive words to counter 1 negative.
Use words that are positive, empowering, true.
- Masters superficial, serious, & spiritual conversations.
Superficial-what school do you go to? Why’d you come here?
Serious-let them lead; ask them, “do you feel safe enough to let me know what’s going on?”
Spiritual-lead convo to Jesus. Know the difference between being preached at vs talking with.
Action 3: Effective youth workers use empowering words.
What do you think it requires for us to be better encouragers to teenagers? List ideas.
Action 4: Effective youth workers master superficial, serious, and spiritual conversations.
Which teens do you sense want to go deeper in conversation with you? What has given you that indication?
12/8 – wh Christmas Party
12/10 – JHM Leadership Lab
12/15 – wherehouse girls Cookie Decorating Party
12/17 – JHM Leadership Lab
12/19 – Last JHM service + individual Christmas/NY parties
12/24 – NO JHM Leadership Lab
Holiday Worship Schedule:
NO JHM service + small groups – 12/26 & 1/2
Christmas – Saturday, 12/23 @ 5:30pm; Sunday, 12/24 @ 9:30am, 11:15am, & 5:30pm
New Year’s – Sunday, 12/31 @ 9:30am & 11:15am
Remember to take attendance through the email you receive weekly, and before the end of the night. Thank you!
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.
JHM Opening Game: Santa’s Sleigh
Materials Needed: wrapped gift, milk & cookies, tarps, santa hat
Directions: Divide students into two teams. Each team will get a tarp and a wrapped “gift”
Set up an obstacle course of some sort using cones or chairs to guide the “reindeer”.
The game is played by having two participants act as reindeer, taking hold of the tarp and pulling Santa on his sleigh to your assigned finish line. Santa must hold onto his/her wrapped box the entire time they are being pulled. If they drop it, they must go back and pick it back up.
Safety Note: Be careful when you have two larger participants pulling a smaller person. If they get going to fast it’s possible to swing them off the blanket. Remember to caution your group that they need to keep Santa in one piece to keep all the kiddies happy!
Have teams segment into teams of 3 to race. This would mean that when the first group of 3 comes back, you will then send the next group of 3 and so on.
Have a pit stop with a small glass of milk and a cookie somewhere in the race (someone holding this so it doesn’t get knocked over in the chaos). Have Santa devour the milk and cookie and then resume the race.
The Characters of Christmas- The Wise Men
Lesson 2: The Wise Men- Worshipers of Christmas
In this lesson we want students to see the example set by the Wise Men to give their time, treasure and talents as a way to worship God. The Wise Men went out of their way, brought expensive and meaningful gifts and humbly worshipped the newly born messiah. This season we can do those same things as we reflect on the gift that Jesus was some 2000 years ago and still is today and forever.
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-11
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.
THE WISE MEN
Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men[a] from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking,2 “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose,[b] and we have come to worship him.”
3 King Herod was deeply disturbed when he heard this, as was everyone in Jerusalem. 4 He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”
5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote:
7 Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men, and he learned from them the time when the star first appeared. 8 Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find him, come back and tell me so that I can go and worship him, too!”
9 After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!11 They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THEM? THEY WERE…
TRAVELERS FOR CHRISTMAS
After this interview the wise men went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.
THEY GAVE THEIR TIME
TREASURE BEARERS OF CHRISTMAS
Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
THEY GAVE THEIR TREASURE
TRUE WORSHIPERS OF CHRISTMAS
They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.
THEY GAVE THEIR TALENTS
Scripture of Focus:
6 A child will be born to us.
A son will be given to us.
He will rule over us.
And he will be called
Wonderful Adviser and Mighty God.
He will also be called Father Who Lives Forever
and Prince Who Brings Peace.
7 There will be no limit to how great his authority is.
The peace he brings will never end.
He will rule on David’s throne
and over his kingdom.
He will make the kingdom strong and secure.
His rule will be based on what is fair and right.
It will last forever.
The Lord’s great love will make sure that happens.
He rules over all.
- What is one thing that stood out to you in this passage?
- Why do you think it stood out to you?
- What can you apply to your life from this passage?
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.
The Wise Men must have been in awe of the star that they saw in order to follow where it led them. Have you ever felt in awe of something that God has done in your life? Why is it hard to recognize what He does for us?
How can you give your time, treasure and talent this season to worship God? Would that give you a new perspective of this Christmas season?
Close in prayer at 8:25ish