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Tuesday, December 16, 2003

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Featured Article: Top 10 Crazy Christmas Activities!

by Jonathan McKee
December 16, 2003

Some of you are still looking for Christmas ideas you can use in the next week or so. But time is short, so I won't bore you with long descriptions of activities or games, I'll just give you the titles and let your grey matter come up with the rest!

Top 10 Crazy Christmas Activities!
  1. Drive by Christmas Caroling
  2. Santa Sumo
  3. Christmas Balloon-art Contest
  4. Egg Nog Chug
  5. Christmas Song Walkman Sing
  6. Christmas Slime Twister
  7. Tug-O-Garland
  8. Turkey Toss
  9. Steal the Venison
  10. Youth Worker Wrap (yes, even with a bow)
The ideas don't end there. Check out last year's Christmas Ezine where we give a few more. CLICK HERE

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Unfeatured Article: Top 10 Christmas Activities You SHOULDN'T Do!

Ever think of a crazy idea ... but then you COME TO YOUR SENSES and realize, "I like my job!" Here's a bunch of activities you DON'T want to do!

Top 10 Christmas Activities You SHOULDN'T Do!
  1. Tug-o-Christmas Lights
  2. Ornament Body Piercing Contest
  3. Bobbing for Reindeer "Road Apples"
  4. Green Paint Pellet Russian Roulette
  5. Store Santa Hunt
  6. Write Your Name on Frosty (guys slumber party game)
  7. Christmas Caroler Water Balloon Launch Ambush
  8. Chimney Chute Races
  9. Christmas Tree Joust
  10. Pin the Bayonet on the Rudolf
Something You Can Use For the New Year: Choices and Your Future

by Jonathan McKee
December 16, 2003

Since this is the last EZINE of 2003, we wanted to give you something you can use for the beginning of 2004.

The Future
(from Jonathan's book, "The Top 12 Resources Youth Workers Want" from Gospel Light)

The New Year is always a time of self reflection about the past ... and the future. During this time of New Year's resolutions, planning and commitment, here's a discussion to help students think about how their choices influence their future.

Introduction:
I want to introduce to you someone who has an incredible impact on your life. This person has the power to decide whether you are going to be a success, or a failure. That person is you! You have the power of choice. You are standing at the crossroads - which direction you go is up to you.

Discussion Starters:
Hand out the Goal Sheet- where I want to be in the future- 5, 10, 15, and twenty years from now.

Goal Sheet
Where I Want to Be In The Future

In 5 Years
Age:
Where you live (with parents, rent apt. with friends, own house, etc.):
Marital status:
Occupation/student:
Income:
What will your life be like:

In 10 Years
Age:
Where you live (with parents, rent apt. with friends, own house, etc.):
Marital status:
Occupation/student:
Income:
What will your life be like:

In 20 Years
Age:
Where you live (with parents, rent apt. with friends, own house, etc.):
Marital status:
Occupation/student:
Income:
What will your life be like:

Small Group Discussion:
  1. Some of you share where you are going to be at, your job, etc. in 5 years, in 10 years, in 20 years.
  2. What was the hardest item for you to predict?
  3. Do some of these predictions make you think about your decisions today?
Generic questions about the future:
  1. Do you feel the future is getting better or worse? Why?
  2. Do you think your future will be better than your parents? Why?
  3. What factors/ingredients influence your future the most?
  4. Who has the greatest influence on your future?
  5. What is your responsibility for your future?
  6. How do your decisions impact your future?
  7. What have you done this school year (good, bad, major, minor), that affects who you are today?
  8. Can your decisions impact someone else's future? How?
Wrap up:
"Listening to you guys talk, you have said- different people affect your future. I also heard you say that YOU and the decisions you make are going to have a huge impact on your future. A long time ago God made a huge choice that has an incredible impact on your future."

Share the Gospel story.

"Many of you need to make a decision today which will impact your future for eternity."

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A Personal Note from Jonathan

Merry Christmas
My wife, my three children and I just wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas. We are so excited to be a small part of what God is doing in the lives of youth across the world. Thanks for letting "The Source" minister alongside all of you this Christmas season. Our mission is to help youth workers reach youth. I hope our free resources continue to help you as you make an impact in the lives of youth for eternity!

God Bless,

Jonathan McKee
President, The Source for Youth Ministry



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