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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

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Featured: The Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention

The Youth Specialties National Youth Workers Convention needs no introduction. It's in three cities across the U.S. again this fall, and THE SOURCE will be at all three conventions. This convention is one of the greatest training opportunities available with some of the best speakers & performers and some of the greatest bands. Take a peek. (CLICK HERE)

But first- some highlights about THE SOURCE at the conventions this year:
  • Jonathan will be teaching his "Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers" seminar at all three conventions. (CLICK HERE)

  • In Addition, we at THE SOURCE will have our booth at all three conventions and we'll be available throughout the week. Jonathan will be at all three conventions, and Danette will be at the Dallas convention.

  • Jonathan's new book, "Do They Run When They See You Coming? Reaching Out to Unchurched Teenagers" published by YS will also be available for pre-sale at THE SOURCE's booth at this convention. Anyone who pre-purchases this book will receive the new "Out of the Box Outreach CD" for free. This deal will also be available on our web site this fall. The book hit's the shelves on December 3rd.
CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CONVENTION
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!


Something You Can Use: Amateur Olympics ... A Great Event Idea You Can Use

Looking for something different?
Here?s a great event idea you can use!


Stacy Goebel from Mountain Ridge Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ sent in this creative idea for an event. Check it out:

We rented out a local gymnastics club for the night. We didn't tell the students what we were doing but told them to wear "athletic clothing" because we would be doing something physical.

We set the night up like an Olympic gymnastics meet. There were four events that the students rotated through: beam, vault, floor and trampoline. There were judges at each event who judged the students on creativity, style, fun factor, etc. They held up scores at the end of each event they did. They also kept track of all the scores for the event.

Before we started, the students were divided into teams and had to create a team name and flag. Then they marched into the gym waving their flag.
    Event Details:
  • For the beam we used a low beam that was only a few inches off of the floor. The students had about a minute to do their best and most creative routine on the beam.
  • For the floor we had a CD player and turned on random music that the kids had to create a routine to on the spot (this was the most fun!!).
  • For the trampoline they got judged on how high they jumped, creativity, and style.
  • For the vault they had two tries to get over, under or around it as creatively as possible.
After they had rotated through all the events we had an awards ceremony and gave out medals for each event. We gave away a gold, silver and bronze for each of the 4 events and then we gave an award to the team that had the highest total of points.

We?ve done this idea at 2 different churches that we have been in. It was a huge hit at both.

FOR MORE GREAT EVENT IDEAS, BE SURE TO VISIT OUR
EVENT IDEAS PAGE (CLICK HERE) ON OUR WEB SITE!




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