Today, most community leaders and youth service professionals are working together to implement a youth development approach to supporting young people. This approach suggests that helping all young people achieve their full potential is the best way to prevent them from becoming involved in risky behavior. Youth development strategies focus on giving young people the chance to exercise leadership, build skills, and help their communities.
Some examples of different types of youth ministry programs include the following.
Activities in which a group of youth have several meetings in the course of a year:
- Bible Study
- Group Youth Choir
- Sports Team
- Prayer Breakfast
- Drama Group
- Study Groups
Activities planned so that individuals may participate one time:
- Prayer Vigils
- Service Projects
- Athletic Events
- Seasonal Celebrations
- Exchanges with Other Churches
Activities planned for one youth or a small group of youths:
- Visiting Shut-ins
- Attending School Events
- Worship Involvement
- Teaming with Adults With Similar Skill or Career
- Teaching Special Skills Interests
Many residents living in retirement centers and nursing homes are lonely and have little contact with their families. By investing a few hours of your time, you will not only bless the residents but also provide a great growing and teaching opportunity for your children.
Host a senior night each week where people can come enjoy a hot meal and socialize with their peers. Prepare nutritious meals that are senior friendly. Play some classic music from the 30’s and 40’s. You might even supply a small dance floor for the more sprightly seniors. This transforms it from a hand out to a night out on the town!
This is for seniors who cannot leave their home, or are residents of an assisted living facility. They can often feel forgotten by the world. Schedule weekly visits to take occur with volunteers in your community. They can play card games, read books, watch movies, or just sit and talk. Make care packages that include things like books on tape, large print cross word puzzles, and music CD’s. Oftentimes, just looking forward to a volunteer’s visit is enough to put a smile on someone’s face.
Arrange for a monthly group outing for more active senior citizens. Some possible destinations include:
- Bowling Night
- Movie Theater
- Arts and Crafts Festival
- Estate Tours
- State Parks
- Botanical Gardens
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