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Tuesday, June 18, 2002
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PIANO SMASH: The Day the Music Died
By Jonathan McKee
June 18, 2002
I am constantly amazed at the variety of activities that people send in. I
think I might catagorize this one under the same class as FIREBALL SOCCER (if
you missed that one years back, you gotta check it out: LINK ). I know many of
you might not like this idea . . . but I gotta give Pastor Kevin McIlhany credit
for thinking "outside the box" on this one. I bring it to you to simply report
what someone else did- not to recommend it to you.
This ideas may not be for you. You need to use your own
discernment and judgement as to the applicability of this event. This is not for
everyone, and those who choose to use the idea, do so at their own risk. Please
use caution and discernment, thinking through all safety issues and all future
Pastor Kevin McIlhany submits: If you need a good attendance builder, try the
piano smash. We have a hayride followed with the piano smash on a local farm.
The object is to have team members use sledge hammers to crush a piano and get
all the pieces of the piano through a 18" hole into and area where you have a
bon fire. Get 4 worthless pianos (Put an add in the paper, "Looking for old
pianos, will haul away." I have always gotten more than I wanted Cut the strings
of the sounding board so the strings cannot injure someone
Spread the pianos out equal distance from a middle bon fire location. Give
lots of room. Place one sheet of plywood with an 18" hole in between the piano
and the bonfire area. From the Fire department we get fire helmets and fire
jackets and use them with gloves and safety glasses for
protection on each of the students swinging the hammer and one other student
who takes the smashed pieces of piano and shoves it through the 18" hole. The
person putting the pieces through the hole only when the sledge hammer person is
getting safety gear on. You do not want someone picking up pieces when the
sledge hammer person is swinging. We have done this with 2 to 4 teams competing
at a time. The ideal is to have about 10 people on a team. The plywood needs
bracing with 2 x 4 braces, so the plywood stands up solid as the students put
the wood through. Oh yeah,
Piano fires are very hot. Next year we are shifting to the bowling ball
catapult for a variety of outreaches. I have seen this draw big crowds.
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DEALING WITH DISCIPLINE: How Should I Handle This One?
We?ve all been there. Something happens . . . we make a decision . . . and
now we?re getting flack from everyone. What do you do?
Cathy wrote in to our ASK JONATHAN section on the web site with the following
On our summer trip, we pulled into the parking lot and right before we got
out, a couple boys mooned the other van. We told the kids that was yuck and
don't show your shiney hinny again. Gross! The kids know I mean business and
even with just that short conversation, I am sure it will not happen again. One
mom of a child that was disciplined for refusing to wear his seatbelt was upset
that these kids were not punished as was her son for his action. I see the
difference as we had told the parents ahead of time that we had no tolerance for
noncompliance with the seatbelt rule and to me, that is a safety issue. The
mooning thing_ I am not sure how many trips over the years throughout the
country this has not occurred! I feel confident that these boys won't do it
again. The sponsors addressed the issue at the time and now one of the mothers
of the mooning boys is upset we did not report this to her. So, that is the big
issue, should we have come home and reported this to the parents? I say no, what
is your opinion please?
Cathy from Shreveport, Louisiana
Wow. That goes to show you- once the moon comes out, everybody starts
howling! Seriously though . . .
(Click on the link below for Jonathan?s answer to this question as well as
other discipline issues.)
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TO THIS QUESTION AND MANY
ON HIS "ASK JONATHAN" PAGE
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NATIONAL YOUTH WORKERS CONVENTION: A Great Resource- Catch me there!
If you?ve been to a Youth Specialties convention, you know how good it is. If
you haven?t . . . you gotta experience it. Those on the west coast will see me
there teaching a seminar or might catch me at my booth. So don?t miss it . . .
the convention is well worth the dollars paid!
NATIONAL YOUTH WORKERS CONVENTION 2002: Mark your calendar to attend in
Sacramento Oct. 3-7, Pittsburgh Nov. 7-11 or Nashville Nov. 21-25.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
If you have any other youth ministry ideas you want to share, please email
me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan R. McKee
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