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Tuesday, January 8, 2002
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REMEMBER Y2K? Larry Norman would be proud
by Jonathan McKee
January 8, 2002
Wow! It's 2002. Remember
2 years ago when we were all getting over the Y2K scare? Well I was inspired to
write a song (to be sung to the tune of Larry Norman's/DC Talk's "Wish We'd All
December was filled with runs to the
and my 4 generators were strapped to the kitchen
I wish we hadn't been . . . so . . . read .
I bought 5 pallets of canned food with the
car I sold
The pantry full of bread is covered all in
I wish we hadn't been . . . so . . . read . .
There was time . . . to change my
But I emptied my retirement fund . . . and Y2K
kicked my behind!
(Harmonize now) I wish I had
time . . .to change my mind
My fanatical friend was
wrong . . . and Y2K kicked our behind!
That song goes out to all those
who had a garage sale 2 years ago selling 4 generators, 5 pallets of canned
food, 900 candles, 200 gallons of water, 3 pitbulls, 2 goats and 1,000 shotgun
This is a fun game if you have the
ability to shoot and show video. Some crazy guys down in Southern CA did this
at a camp I spoke at.
The game is simple, you get a handful (3 or 4) of
brave volunteers who race to eat their bowl of green oatmeal the fastest. This
is best if recorded on camera and projected on the big screen. Award a first,
second and third place so all volunteers keep eating throughout.
they finish have one of your staff ask, "Hey Jonathan,' where do you get green
oatmeal?" You answer, "That's a good question," and show them.
pre_recorded video of you and another staff member in your office, home,
wherever, with a large (very large) pan or bowl of oatmeal. Drop green food
coloring in it and then dialogue about how to stir it. "Do you have a big
spoon?" "No. Do you?" "No." "Then what are we going to use?" "HEY! I got
Each person in the video takes off his shoes and socks. This
is a great opportunity to show close_ups of your feet when the socks come off.
(pre_dirty your feet with some dirt and grease (PAM) between each toe). Then
stick your feet in the oatmeal and start sloshing around in it to mix it up. As
the camera tilts up to your faces, both can say, "That's how you make green
(Note: for obvious health reasons, don't use that oatmeal as
the oatmeal they eat!) Audience will love it, volunteers will . .
(Thanks to Rux and the guys down in Southern CA for the
You will need two dice and about
twelve 3X5 cards for every six people in your group. Separate the group into
teams of exactly six and give each person in the group a number 1_6 (if one
group has less than six people give some people two numbers). The leader will
role the dice, the first one will represent a person and the second will
represent a body part (1=foot, 2=knee, 3=hip 4=elbow, 5=hand, 6=nose) if your
group is brave make 5=armpit. You will role the two dice twice. After the first
role you say, "Number 5's nose" and you roll again and say, "number 2's armpit"
whatever combination of person and body part is called must then be connected
with a 3X5 card in between the two body parts. Each team keeps going until they
cannot connect the two parts or one of the earlier cards drops to the floor. The
last team to successfully connect two body parts wins the game.
_Ice Cream Mayo Surprise_
You have to plan
ahead to do this. Buy cheap vanilla ice cream and a jar of cheap mayonnaise. Put
the mayo in a Tupperware dish and freeze. (mayonnaise when frozen looks exactly
like vanilla ice cream.) Before the contest, scoop out the ice cream into a bowl
and do likewise to mayo. You decide how many of each. Keep frozen until the last
Set the contest up as just a typical ice cream eating contest,
hands behind their backs, etc.
The look on the person who eats the
frozen mayo is priceless.
Added by Randy
_Hunger and Thirst
Ken sent this creative illustration in_ sounded good:
I have a
George Foreman grill that works great for this. I use Matthew 5:6 and talk about
being hungry and thirsty for the things of God. The twist? I grab a couple of
steaks (your choice of type) and begin the session by cooking the steaks on the
grill in front of the group. Don't even mention it at first. As the smell grows,
and mouths water, and stomachs growl, discuss the same kind of desire and
yearning for things that please God: prayer, witnessing, bible reading, church,
and most of all for His presence in our lives. At the end I use the steaks as a
reward for a game, or for visitors. Lot's of fun and I still, to this date, have
teens call me "the steak man" and tell of how God challenged them to truly
hunger for Him.
Added by Ken Duty
lookout for a quick and easy game? Divide your group in rows. In front of each
row place a bucket with water and a sponge. At the back place an empty bucket to
collect water. When the time starts running, the person in the front dips the
sponge and passes it to the back of the line where the last person squeezes the
water into the bucket. The row that manages to collect the most water wins. Be
prepared for wet bodies and floors!
Added by Elizabeth Oliveras
COMING THIS YEAR: Some New Resources to Look for!
some great new stuff coming out in 2002, starting with the new website. Check
out a preview of the front page:
Don't worry, Jonathan's Resources isn't ceasing to exist, but
in the next month or so, it's changing locations, changing its look, and serving
you even better.
Jonathan is starting THE SOURCE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY. His
new web site will be dedicated to bringing you the best resources . . . FOR
FREE! It will include all the great resources that jonathansresources.com
provides right now, and even more.
I just signed a
contract with Gospel Light last week for my new book they will be publishing
this Fall. I'm sure you all want to buy one from the guy who gives you so much
free stuff! :)
NEW ARTICLES, RESOURCES, AND
You'll be getting new staff training material and ministry
development original articles from Jonathan, new movie clip discussion starters,
games, and events, and you'll be hearing exclusive bits from Dr. Steve Farrar,
Walt Muellar, and much, much more!
If you have any other youth ministry ideas you want to
share, please email meGod
Jonathan R. McKee
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