||Jonathan's Resource Ezine
Weekly Resources, Ideas and Articles from The Source for Youth Ministry
Tuesday, March 12, 2002
If you aren't a subscriber of this EZINE and would like to subscribe - it's free -
just pop on www.TheSource4YM.com and sign
up in the upper right hand corner.
WHAT'S YOUR TAKE ON GROSS GAMES? Reactions to the Gross Games Article
By Jonathan McKee
March 12, 2002
Last week I included an article in this EZINE about a
church that was getting sued for gross games.? If you haven't read it- check out
the archives page:
http://www.thesource4ym.com/archives/archivestore/2002/arc20020305.aspx? (bottom article)
I received some very interesting
reactions to this article.? Below is one of those responses.
(spelling and grammar left as is)
GROSS GAMES ARE
Johnathon, I found it very amusing that in your last news letter you
encouraged us if we needed games that were not gross and disgusting and where we
wouldn't be sued to check out your site. I belive a varation of the game is on
your site. I have been in ministry for 12 years and have been part of some of
the largest churches in the U.S. and I have never found that sick and disgusting
games do anything for our groups. I actually have trouble finding good games on
your site. I also found it amusing that you promote this "crap" yet sounded
hypocritical when you tell people to check out your web site for things that
won't get you sued. Make any sense? I do have a large collection of fun games we
use and have come up with, that get our students involved and knowing each other
in an absoulte fun way. The games are out there. I believe that our students
want more than sick and disgusting humor at their expense and they do not want
to be embarrased in front of their piers in a sick way.
They deserve more.
So maybe you could screen your games you post better. And I say "way to go
parents" for holding us to a high standard! standard.???? --"Jane
Well, there you have it.? What do YOU think?
WE'LL POST THE RESULTS!
Email your response
AN EVENT YOU CAN USE THIS WEEK: Heads or Tails?
'This event was
sent in by Jeff, a youth worker who works for my publisher, Gospel Light.? Jeff
said this one's been around for a while- but it always works well for him.
Load up the kids and leaders into a few vehicles,
giving each team 2 pennies. Once in the cars, hand one penny to one kid and the
other penny to another kid. Each of them will flip their pennies to determine
where the team will go. At each major intersection (stop sign or stop light),
the position of the flipped pennies will determine your course. Flip 2 heads and
you go right. 2 tails and you go left. 1 of each and you go straight. Flip your
pennies early and plan ahead so you won't have to swerve over 3 lanes at 45 MPH
just so you can turn left! The object is to go as far as possible in the
allotted time. You could either base the winner on total distance traveled or on
the furthest away a team was able to get from the church parking lot. We like to
give about an hour total travel time. Make sure drivers allow themselves enough
time to return within the allotted time. It is best to have leaders drive and of
course, drivers must obey all traffic laws and must not be the ones to flip the
pennies. This is a great time to hang out and have a good time with a few kids
and maybe one other leader. My wife and I have actually done this with my
brother_in_law and his fiancee to decide where to go for dinner! Good times!
You could even do this with your wife and kids for a family night. It gets
everyone involved. Enjoy!? -Jeff-
REWARDING YOU FOR BEING A BROKE YOUTH WORKER! The Hideous Heap Contest
week I told you about it . . . the Hideous Heap Contest.?? I have an ugly youth
worker's car.? It's an 83 nasty-yellow Volvo.? Well . . . Youth Specialties and
I want to reward a youth worker out there who drives the ugliest car.? The
Source came up with THE HIDEOUS HEAP CONTEST, and Youth Specialties is
sponsoring the prize.? Check it out:
We are putting on a contest
for all youth workers, volunteer or paid, to reward them for driving a "hideous
heap!"? If you drive one of these pathetic vehicles, keep reading or just pop
onto our web page and click on the picture of the "Hideous Heap!"? http://www.thesource4ym.com/
Youth Specialties is sponsoring this contest and is giving their new
IDEAS LIBRARY on CD ROM for the prize (a $180 value).?
1.? Take a picture of your HIDEOUS HEAP!? Scan it, digitize
it, do whatever you have to do to email it to us!? No snail mail in this
contest.? If you can make this happen_ go on to point number 2!
us at email@example.com with the following:
The picture of your heap
Your phone number
Your role as a youth worker (are you a
volunteer, are you paid, do you clean up after the slobs in the junior high
And a description of your heap, 30 words or less (e.g. My yellow
Volvo might be ugly, but she RUNS!? No stereo, no air, just gets me and the kids
from here to there.? --Jonathan-- )
3.? Jonathan McKee of The
Source and Mike Atkinson of Youth Specialties will judge all entries
the last day of March and post the winner on April Fools Day!
Just click on the picture of the "Hideous Heap"God Bless!
front of our web page:
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!If you have any other youth ministry
ideas you want to share, please email me
Do you have a speaker for your
next camp or retreat?
Check out Jonathan's speaker page and who's
Jonathan R. McKee
for Youth Ministry