JHM Material, 12/19

I am in them and You are in me. May they be made completely one, so that the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have love Me. John 17:23

 

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…

5. Develops students into leaders.
Broaden the definition of leadership.
Matt 20:26 – whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant…
Use words to help students see their leadership potential. Students need to “taste” serving.

For reflection:

Action 5: Effective youth workers develop teens into leaders.
How could you help the students in your group to grow as servant leaders? What are some things that can be done to serve others on Tuesday night?

 

Upcoming Stuff:
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

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, 12/19

JHM Opening Game: Gift Wrap-Up

Materials Needed: 
8 boxes, 8 rolls of wrapping paper, tape scissors, ribbon

Directions: Choose 2 students from each small group. Each duo will stand together with one person’s right hand tied to their teammate’s left hand. The team will then attempt to wrap a gift using wrapping paper, scissors, and tape. You can add a ribbon if you want to increase the difficulty of the competition and ask teams to make a bow. The team must work together to wrap the present and whichever team wraps the present first wins the game.

 

Devotional Material:

What Christmas Is All About
Read: Luke 2:8-14 |

There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
Luke 2:8

Fifty years ago A Charlie Brown Christmas was first broadcast on American television. Some network executives thought it would be ignored, while others worried that quoting the Bible would offend viewers. Some wanted its creator, Charles Schulz, to omit the Christmas story, but Schulz insisted it stay in. The program was an immediate success and has been rebroadcast every year since 1965.
When Charlie Brown, the frustrated director of the children’s Christmas play, is discouraged by the commercial spirit of the holiday season, he asks if anyone can tell him the real meaning of Christmas. Linus recites Luke 2:8-14 including the words, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (vv. 11-14 kjv). Then Linus says, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
During this season filled with our own doubts and dreams, it’s good to ponder God’s great love expressed in the familiar story of Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus, and the angels who announced the Savior’s birth.
That’s what Christmas is all about.

Do you ever get distracted by all the hustle and bustle, and forget the real meaning of Christmas?

What are some ways that you can focus on what Christmas is all about this year?

Father in heaven, as we approach Christmas, may we understand in a deeper way Your amazing gift to us.