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Something You Can Use Now: "Traveling Pants" Video Discussion Idea with Small Group Questions, Scripture and Wrap Up?a ready-made curriculum

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Main Point: Our Place in this World

Opening Statment:
Tonight we're going to take a look at some of the BIG life questions like, "Why am I here?", "What's the meaning of life?" "Does God have a plan for me?" We're going to start with a clip from a film called "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." It's a girl-movie about four teen-age friends who share one pair of favorite jeans and they trade jeans through-out the summer when they aren't together. This scene takes place between one of the girls, Tibby-she's seventeen, and her neighbor, Baily who is twelve. Baily is dying of cancer and Tibby is starting to ask the "big" questions because of the young girl's condition. Here's the clip...

Video Clip: Start clip at Chapter 23 at 108 minutes 39 seconds; ending at 109.58 on counter. Key end word is Tibby saying, "Nothing."

Scene Script:
    Baily: You know what I like most about the stars? When you look at them, at all of them up there, you just know that there has got to be something more than...

    Tibby: Life?

    Baily: There has to be.

    Tibby: Are you scared?

    Baily: Not of dying really. It's more that I'm afraid of time and not having enough of it; time to figure out who I'm supposed to be... to find my place in the world before I have to leave it. I'm afraid of what I'll miss.

    (Tibby stares at Baily in silence.)

    Baily: What?

    Tibby: Nothing.
Transition Statement: (Into discussion for large group)
This clip is tough to watch because it includes the idea that death is coming soon for the young girl.

Now it's time to hear from you! Let's find out what we think about some of the "BIG" life questions. We'll use the "Agree/Disagree" exercise. If you would all stand along the line in the center of the room. I will make a statement and if you agree you go to the "A" side of the room and if you disagree go stand on the "D" side of the room and then we'll be able to discuss why you agree or disagree. OK, first statement, agree or disagree?

Agree/Disagree Exercise: Make sure you plan ample time to ask questions of students/interview them on both sides of the room after they divide by "agree" and "disagree," thus inviting a wide range of response. Each Agree/Disagree statement with time for leader to ask follow up questions should take no more that 3 minutes.
  • It is best to live life with a plan (or purpose or direction).
      *Ask why students chose their side of the line.
      *Why did you agree with that statement?
      *What makes you disagree with that statement?
      *Then have them return to center line.
  • From this movie clip it seems like Tibby (the 17-year old) has a plan.
      *Ask why...
  • Most people I know have a plan/purpose/direction for life.
      *Ask why...
  • You discover the meaning of life as you live and get older. You don't have to figure it out now.
      *Ask why...
  • I feel confident in knowing the meaning of life. I know why I'm here and what I should do.
      *Ask why...
When discussion begins to conclude, ask all students to take a seat on the center line for transition statement.

Transition Statement: (Into Small Group Discussion/Bible Lesson)
Thanks for your honest reactions to those questions. Sometimes this is a tough subject because "the meaning of life" is such a HUGE concept. It's really easier to not think about it than to try to figure it all out. We're going to break up into our small groups to dig into this topic a little bit more.

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Last Chance for Free PowerPoint: This week is the last chance for you to get the free 2005 Outreach Resource CD?we're giving it away with any book purchase. We've got less than 100 left... first come first serve!



We've got less than a hundred of last year's 2005 Outreach Resource CD's left and we're clearing them out!

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Good question: because we're giving away one of the greatest resources for training your leaders, both student and adult, to reach out to "the unchurched."

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A GREAT RESOURCE TO MOTIVATE AND EQUIP YOUR LEADERS
One of the great resources on last year's 2005 Outreach Resource CD is the "ready-made" PowerPoint seminar called "Reaching Out to the Unchurched." You can use this 38 slide PowerPoint presentation to teach your student and adult leaders about the mindset of "The Unchurched" today. This presentation parallels chapter 3 in Jonathan McKee's hit book, DO THEY RUN WHEN THEY SEE YOU COMING? published by Youth Specialties.
  • LEARN THE TOP 5 BELIEFS THAT RESONATE IN TODAYS POSTMODERN, PAGANISTIC, AND PLURALISTIC SOCIETY

  • LEARN HOW MTV, MOVIES, MUSIC AND CELEBRITIES AFFECT YOUTH CULTURE AND ARE A MEGAPHONE FOR THESE 5 BELIEFS
  • DISCOVER THE GOOD NEWS ... THERE IS HOPE IN REACHING THIS GENERATION.
"Do They Run When They See You Coming" is recommended by Mark Oestreicher, Bo Boshers, Jim Burns, Kurt Johnston, Walt Mueller, Chap Clark, Wayne Rice, and more!


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