Thursday, December 1, 2016

12 Christmas Gift Ideas for Young Life Leaders

Are you a YL staff person looking for Christmas gift ideas for committee or leaders? A volunteer leader looking for gift ideas for your high school friends? Or maybe just a YL'dly selfish person, addicted to YL gear, looking for items to add to your own Christmas list...below are some ideas for you!


Custom Sweatshirt Blankets

One of my favorite YL gifts I've ever been given! You can order them at the YL online store for as low as $24.99. There are tons of other great gift ideas at the Online Young Life Store.

Perfect
Written by John Wagner, a senior VP for YL, Perfect tells the stories of John's son David, a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome. In the book, John shares how David has led him more fully to the sacred stories of Jesus. Get ready to dance, laugh, cry, celebrate, wonder, treasure, believe and be wrapped in pure joy as you meet this little boy who is precious to the Savior and a gift to all those around him. Buy it here.


Wigs
How fun would it be to pick out a different wig for each of your leaders? And think of the value that would add to your area skit closet! Find wigs here.

Letters To A Young Life Leader
By: Bob Mitchell and Kit Sublett
This book is a treasure of Godly wisdom that all YL leaders need to read. "Mitch" was Young Life’s third president and one of Jim Rayburn’s original club kids. He's the real deal and continues to point YL staff and leaders to Christ. “Letters to a Young Life Leader” is a collection of 37 letters, arranged in five sections, covering a wide range of topics -- everything from why we use humor in Young Life to spiritual formation and balancing ministry and family. Buy it here.
Another great YL treasure from Whitecaps Media. Buy it here.

Framed Wordles


Crazy Creek Camping Chairs
In the past, I have ordered a bunch of these chairs in bulk from websites like Sierra Trading Post for around $20.

Made For This: The Young Life Story
It's currently on sale on Staff Resources for only $26 and bulk orders are even less. Great gift for those who want to know the history of the mission from the early 30's through today. Get it here

Young Life Water Bottles
There are a lot of options at the online YL store ranging between $7-$14. A great thing about water bottles is you can fill them with other fun and cheap things like a hand-written note, candy canes, etc.


Prized Possession: A Father's Journey In Raising His Daughter
Alan Smyth & Kristy Fox, Young Life Regional Directors in California, published this book for dads with daughters. You can order it here.

Gas Cards
If you're a committee member looking for a gift for volunteer leaders, you can't go wrong with a gas card!

Head Lamps
Leaders can rapidly increase their cool points by breaking out a headlamp at camp. Prices range from $10-$100. I use mine all the time!

Personalized Frisbees/Disc Golf Discs
You can order disc golf discs or 175g nice ultimate frisbees with your area logo on them from a lot of online stores. The turnaround process typically isn't quick, so order today. I've had good success in the past with DTworld.com

Belt Buckles
Who doesn't want a belt buckle with the YL logo on it? Or a sketch of your face engraved in shiny silver? I've never ordered these, but I can't imagine anything I'd rather open on Christmas day than a nice shiny belt buckle. Shoutout to all our Texas YL leaders!

How To Distribute Gifts At A Leader Party
One year we played a game to distribute gifts. There were tons of gifts on a table upfront in view of all. The gifts ranged in cost from $5-$30 and varied from the things above to cd's, books, gift cards to restaurants, etc. The person who had been leading the longest in the area got to pick a gift first...all the way to the newest leader picking last. It was a nice way to recognize the marathoners in the group and fun to see what everyone picked.

Here are some helpful thoughts from Eric Scofield for YL staff folks. (direct link to video


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

WyldLife Wednesday: For Moments Like This

Steven was not a “cool kid.” He came every week to WyldLife, but he was never in the center of any group. He’d make efforts to be a part, but because he was a little different than the other kids his age, they wouldn’t include him.

One week at club, we played “over the rope.” This game is SO SIMPLE. I was hesitant to do it because I figured it had been done a million times and that kids would be bored.

You know the game: tape a rope across a doorway, and every kid has to make it over the rope and into the club room without touching the rope. The kids who are natural leaders automatically stepped up and began lifting kids over the rope one by one. Immediately the beauty in this gesture struck me- watching middle school kids help each other get into the club room where they would hear the Gospel warmed my heart.

About halfway through the group, it was Steven’s turn to go over the rope. As the two kids reached to help him over, he refused their help, and in one smooth move jumped four feet over the rope and into the club room. The reaction was electric. Kids were high-fiving Steven, patting him on the back, and there were echoes of “did you see that?!” all through the room. The grin on Steven’s face was worth a million dollars. He felt like a hero. He felt celebrated and supported, something that I don’t think he’d experienced with his peers ever before. 

When it came time for the club talk, Steven was more tuned in than he ever had been. Something about the way he felt translated into his willingness to buy in.

As we plan WyldLife clubs, we get the privilege to create space for moments like these. In the process of planning club, let's look for games that can give kids opportunities to be heroes and pray for those moments.

Written by Julie Gibson, WyldLife Staff in Tyler, Texas.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Harry Potter Club Ideas

Written by Kaitlyn Wren, Young Life staff in London, England. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has just hit the theaters and if you’re like me and many of our high school and middle school friends we love who grew up loving Harry Potter, you should be SO PUMPED! 

For our WyldLife club here in London, I love to put on themed clubs that reflect what is happening in cinemas for that month. So, we just had a rockin’ Harry Potter Themed WyldLife Club! Invite your friends to dress up and whether or not they are Potterheads they can join in on the fun.

Here are some game ideas for your Harry Potter WyldLife Club:

Quidditch Tag
Items needed:
  • enough red bandanas for half of the kids at club
  • enough green bandanas for the other half of kids at club
  • 2 yellow shirts
  • 4 black bandanas
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper wrapped in duct tape. (or dodgeballs)

Rules
  1. Sort everyone into Gryffindor (red) or Slytherin (green). Each player receives respective red or green bandana and must tie around head. (I used a cone like the sorting hat to sort kids into teams.)
  2. From each team pick a respective snitch- each receives yellow shirt. (one person from each group to wear the shirt.
  3. From each team pick 2 beaters- black bandanas (around arm)
  4. Everyone else is a seeker.
  5. Objective: Each team is trying to catch other team’s snitch.
  6. Obstacle: Beaters may freeze anyone from the opposite team by throwing toilet paper (bludgers) at them. Only beaters may throw toilet paper bludgers. Once frozen, remain frozen until snitch is caught.
  7. Once snitch is caught game is over, successful seeker becomes snitch. Pick new beaters and snitches, play again.

Four Houses (played like four corners)
Items needed:
  • 4 Cones labelled with Harry Potter house crests

How To Play
  1. Place cones into four corners of club room
  2. Sort kids equally into the four houses: Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin
  3. Each team gathers behind their house’s cone.
  4. Objective: in whatever manner game leader announces, they must get their entire team across to the cone diagonally across from them and sit down. First team with their team entirely across and sitting is the winner.

Obstacle: getting through the chaos created in the middle while still following directions.
Game leader will call something like: “hopping on one foot. GO!” And each team must hop all the way across the room to the cone diagonal from them.

Some fun commands are: leap frogging your whole team across, rolling, bunny hopping, skipping, crawling, giving a piggy back ride, or bear crawling.

Quiddtich Relay
Items needed:
  • 2 cones to mark starting lines
  • 2 cones to mark shooting lines
  • 2 hula hoops
  • 2 brooms
  • 2 dodgeballs

How To Play
  1. Sort each team into houses (ie put kids into two teams. I just combined teams from four corners by putting two teams together ie: Slyther-Puff and Griffyn-Claw)
  2. Each team gets 1 broom and a dodge ball.
  3. Each kid must run down with broom between legs and shoot their dodgeball into the hoop.
  4. Team who scores the most points wins!

Wingardium Leviosa Relay
Items needed:
  • 2 sticks/wands (I genuinely just picked up sticks from outside the club room. Just make sure they aren’t too sharp or the game won’t work!)
  • 5 balloons (you only technically need 2, but its good to have some on reserve.)
  • 4 cones (to show beginning of line and where each player must turn.)

How To Play
  1. Divide teams up into houses. (or keep same teams from Quidditch relay)
  2. Explain that “Wingardium Leviosa” is the spell that makes objects levitate.
  3. Each team receives a wand and a balloon.
  4. Each kid must keep balloon in the air by tapping it up with their wand/stick as they come around their teams respective cone and back. (Be sure to tell them not to try to swing for the fences and just hit the balloon all the way down and back because balloons will 100% pop and it isn’t actually easier that way.)

At the end of each club we have a raffle and we raffled off Bertie Bots every flavor beans. We also always have a mystery box with an unknown item that I put in a toy spider (aka a fantastic beast) and a toy owl and harry potter pins. 

Also, a fun pre-club activity would be to do face painting and paint lightning scars. I love face painting at club and camp because it gives leaders the chance to be face-to-face with kids and say silent prayers for them as you help them get into the fun theme of the night! I also like to pull club themes into the talk.

Each of these games could be adapted to Young Life, but they went over great with my WyldLifers! The best part is that they weren’t really required to know about the books/or movies to play, so everyone felt included. Once they were explained the rules, they went with it and had a blast!

Looking for other Harry Potter themed club ideas? Click here

Monday, November 21, 2016

Social Media Training Webinar Next Tuesday

Young Life’s Communications team is offering a social media training webinar at 10am MT on Tuesday, November 29th.

The online seminar will cover our role on social media as missionaries in a digital world, how we can practically be missionaries in this online realm, and examples of how different Young Life areas are already doing this on social media.

The 1-hour webinar is free and available to only the first 50 people to register. To sign up, click here.

Hosted by Alex Lewis,Young Life’s Digital Marketing Specialist.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Royalty

It's nearing the end of the semester. Club might feel more like a chore than a privilege. 

"We've just got to get by and push through to winter break."

What would happen if your team heard that the president of Young Life was doing a surprise visit to your club this week? How would you tweak things? Would your excitement levels change? 

When the United States welcomes a head of state for an official visit, the welcome is intentional and elaborate. Upon the arrival of the dignitary’s plane at Joint Base Andrews:
  • A crew moves stairs to the aircraft and then unrolls a red carpet
  • A 21-person military cordon flanks either side of the carpet and a welcoming committee gathers at the bottom of the stairs
  • As the guest party descends the stairs, the U.S. Air Force Band performs “Arrival Fanfare Number One”
  • At the bottom of the stairs a group of schoolchildren present the dignitary with a bouquet of flowers and then the welcoming committee greets the special guests
  • Moments later, the U.S. Air Force Band plays the national anthems of the visiting state and the U.S.

Sound familiar? It might remind you of how you felt the first time your bus rolled up to summer camp. 

Imagine welcoming a dignitary – say a queen or king, to your club this week. What might change? Would you practice your talk out loud before you gave it at club? Would you more thoughtfully pick the songs you were going to sing?

What if someone even more important was coming to club? And what if that special person was a freshman who has never been welcomed by a community representing the King of kings?

What would change if we decided that this week we were going to do club in a way that recognized our ambassadorship and treated every kid like they were royalty?

--- 

"Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you."

2 Corinthians 5:15-20 (The Message)


Friday, November 18, 2016

Greensboro Fellows

If you're graduating from college in the spring, odds are you're already beginning to answer the million-dollar question, "What are you planning to do after graduation.

Some of the best advice I ever received was "take your 20's and be a sponge. You have the rest of your life to make money. After college, find wise people and learn from them."

I can't think of a better opportunity to do just that than the The Greensboro Fellows program.

Are you looking for a place to:
  • Stay involved with Young Life?
  • Experience deep community after college?
  • Gain experience working in the marketplace?
  • Experience working in a church?
  • Take seminary classes?
  • Get world renowned leadership training?
  • Experience a mission trip to Africa?
For many college students, it's a big jump from earning a degree to actually applying it to a career. Dream jobs don't happen overnight - and that's if you even know what your dream job is. 

That's where the Greensboro Fellows Program comes in. It is a 10-month (September – June) program for those who desire and are committed to the pursuit of spiritual, personal, and professional growth. It is geared towards young adults who have recently finished college and hope to integrate their faith in Jesus Christ with their vocation and all other aspects of life. The curriculum, planned excursions, paid internships, volunteer work, and community all work together to inspire and empower a Christ-centered life.

This program is based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, and serves as the ideal springboard for entering into professional careers and adult life.

A few of the many things the Fellows Program offers:
  • Spiritual growth through mentorship and discipleship
  • World-renowned leadership training through the Center for Creative Leadership
  • Weekly networking with local business owners & ministry leaders
  • Paid internships and volunteer opportunities
  • Partnership with local Young Life
  • Close-knit Christian and church community
  • Free housing with a host family
  • Opportunity to take accredited seminary classes
  • A 2-week trip to Rwanda
Some of this year's paid internships include:
  • Business & Administration
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Ministry
  • Elementary Education
  • Marketing
  • Higher Education
  • Nursing
  • Personal Finance
If you're interested in learning more about this program, or applying to be a part of the 2017-2018 program year, you can visit www.greensborofellows.com, watch this video, or email us here.

"The Greensboro Fellows Program is far more than a transition out of college and into the adult world. The Fellows Program is a safe place to call home and a warm invitation to walk alongside family. You will be encouraged to grow more deeply than you thought possible, while simultaneously developing your professional skill set and your personal and spiritual gifts. You will be taught, nurtured, equipped and then sent out to build His kingdom."

- Stacey Greene, a former GSO Fellow and administrator for YoungLifeLeaders.org.

Art House Fellowship

The Greensboro Fellows network will also be launching the Art House Fellowship this year. The Art House Fellowship seeks to help young artists and scholars deepen their faith in Christ and thereby deepen their capacity to communicate truth through creative expression. Located in a renovated hotel in downtown Greensboro, the fellows will work at the coffee shop, share meals around the table, live on the second floor of the Jones' home (which is the hotel), produce works of art specific to their interests, and discuss the intersection of faith and the arts each day. Prayer will be offered every morning, guest lecturers will speak every week, we will visit the Center for Creative Leadership each month, and will provide intentional time to discuss questions of importance to specific members of the community multiple times each week. Join us for a year of deep growth in faith and expression. Visit the website here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

WyldLife Wednesday - Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt

Below is another fun Christmas club idea, especially for WyldLife. It's similar to "Bigger, Better, Best!"

The Human Christmas Tree Scavenger Hunt gives kids and leaders an opportunity to laugh and play – and also allows parents to get involved.

The Big Picture
Teams visit houses in the neighborhood looking for items to “hang” on their human Christmas tree – one of their team members. They’re not asking for actual ornaments – just something red or something with lights or something reindeer-y that will not be returned to its owner. 

Feel free to use/adapt this list for your own scavenger hunt.

These items are taped all over the human Christmas tree. All teams meet back at club for a Christmas tree presentation, judging, awards and a club talk.

The Details
Kids, leaders and parent drivers meet at your club location. Explain the scavenger hunt rules and then divide kids into teams with one parent driver or leader per team. Tell them that this scavenger hunt isn’t a race – it’s more about creativity. Give each team the ending time and a point list, and send them on their way.

If your club location is in a neighborhood, you may not even need drivers - teams can walk to nearby houses instead. But you might consider assigning streets so three teams don’t hit up the same houses over and over again.

Whether you’re driving or walking, you can also assign one house for each team to do all of their “ornament shopping”. Talk to parents/homeowners the week before so they are ready for a team of middle school kids to invade their house.

At the end of the scavenger hunt, gather kids back at your club location. Let each team present their “tree” to the judges – your parent drivers or other parents you’ve invited. One of your leaders can give a short Christmas club talk followed by an announcement of the winners. You can give awards for the highest point total, but also for the most creative, tiniest or funniest “ornaments."

Consider ending the night with a hot chocolate bar: parent baristas serving hot chocolate with toppings like whipped cream, candy canes, sprinkles, chocolate chips and more.

And here is yesterday's post in case you missed it: A Billion Christmas Club Ideas. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Billion Christmas Club Ideas

It's hard to believe that Christmas is only 40 days away! With Thanksgiving next week, it's helpful to go ahead and start planning for Christmas Club now. Below are tons of ideas we've used in the past. 

Christmas Club Schedule

We typically start club at 7:37, but for this particular event, we start earlier to allow more time for the Mr. Christmas Tree pageant.

6:50-7:20- Pics with Santa/ Awkward Christmas Cards
7:20- Seniors form entry tunnel
7:22- Tonight, Yes, Tonight- Buddy the elf (host)
7:23- Christmas Medley (band)
7:26- 12 days of Christmas (mixer & song)
7:30- Mr. Christmas Tree Training Video
7:35- Mr. Tree group dance
7:40- Buddy the elf spaghetti game
7:44- Judges Panel introduced
7:45- Talent Competition
7:59- JibJab Elf head video
8:02- Announcements
8:04- Parade of Trees (Runway Script)
8:12- Contestant Interviews
8:16- Text Message Voting
8:19- Joy To The World
8:23- What Child Is This?
8:26- Intro Drew
8:28- Drew's Talk
8:43- Crown Mr. Christmas Tree
8:48-exit music

Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant


Brian Summerall started doing "Mr. Christmas Tree" at Pearce High School in Texas many moons ago. You can read more about his vision for the pageant on his website

Since then, the idea has spread all over the country. Many YL clubs have each grade nominate one guy to represent their class in the pageant.

When we started doing it 7 years ago, we decided to make it a senior guys competition- a sort of rite of passage. It's created momentum and gave the underclassmen something to look forward to when they became seniors. This year's senior guys will compete, many remembering their first ever Mr. Christmas Tree Pageant they watched when they were freshmen. The last few years we've had around 15-20 senior guys compete. Each of them brings friends to club to "vote" for them, so it typically is our highest attended club of the year. Because of the energy surrounding the event, we also make it the first night folks can sign up for our summer camp trip.

*We also do a similar event, "The Ms. Valentines Pageant" for the senior ladies in February.

Talent Competition

A fun way to get teachers, coaches, YL committee, and former YL leaders involved is to ask them to serve on the Judges Panel.

If you select one guy from each grade, or use 4-8 total guys, each guy could have time to perform an individual talent like dancing, singing, silly tricks, etc... In that case the judges panel could use this sheet from Brian Summerall to help keep score.

If you have more than 8 guys, I'd recommend putting the guys into 'talent groups.' Last year we had 4 groups of 4 guys.

You can decide if the panel determines the winner, or if you vote by applause, text message, or by the audience each circling a name on a ballot you pass out towards the end of the competition.

12 Days of Christmas Skit


Here's a funny skit idea for 2 of the contestants to do together while the rest of the contestants sing the 12 Days of Christmas. It feels a little long so I might just do it once starting on the 12th day.

Parade of Trees

Some clubs duct tape actual trees to guys, which is hilarious. We encourage guys to dress as tree, open to their own interpretation. Some use actual tree branches taped to their body, some wear ornaments, tinsel, star hats, popcorn strings, some dress in green and brown, but every one of them is covered in strands of Christmas lights. After they walk down the runway onto the stage, we have a couple of power strips where they each can plug in their lights. (Some use battery packs)

During their runway walk we have an announcer reading a funny 'runway script.' Each guy submits personal stats they would put on a resume and we work together on making it funny. Here's the script we used from a previous year. In the past I have asked the PA announcer at our high school football games to come in and read the script in his awesome football announcer voice.

Host/MC


We typically have someone dress up as "Buddy The Elf" and host the entire evening as sort of a Ryan Seacrest/Will Ferrell combo character. It helps the flow of the evening if one person is directing stage traffic.

Trophy


If possible, get last year's Mr. Christmas Tree winner to return home for this club to crown the new winner. Create an elaborate "sash and star crown" for the presentation. We're doing this after the talk in order to give time to tally the votes during the talk, and it's a fun way to conclude the evening. You can also have kids vote via text messaging using PollEverywhere.com.

Video

If you have just a handful of contestants, each guy could make their own "entry video" or "training video." They could be practicing singing, doing pushups, running bleachers, visiting a Christmas tree lot, painting themselves green, duct taping branches on their bodies, drinking lots of egg nog, etc...
If you're using a lot of contestants, make one training video together. Here are some examples of videos from other clubs:
Pearce Young Life
Pearce Young Life 2012
Wichata Falls Young Life
Amarillo Young Life
Delta County Young Life

Decorations

Ask friends for BIG inflatables and borrow Christmas lights. Click here for more details.

Songs
  • Rudolph, Feliz Navidad, and Jingle Bells are good fast ones.
  • 'What Child is this?' and 'Silent Night' are good slow ones.
  • Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas is you" is good background music for fillers and games.
  • "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" by N'Sync is a must.
Games/Skits/Mixers/Extras

12 Days Of Christmas Song & Mixer

As a mixer, use the song "12 days of Christmas" and divide your club into 6 groups. Group 1 will have "the 1st day of Christmas and the 7th day of Christmas, Group 2 will have day 2 and day 8, etc... Personalize the song to fit your club. Ex: If you took kids to Crooked Creek and the program team used Skippy the fish, then you could change the lyrics to: "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Skippy in a Crooked Creek." Get creative.

Balloon Antlers

Get a few pairs of pantyhose and a bunch of balloons and have teams of 4 work together to blow up the balloons and then stuff them to see who can make the best reindeer antlers in 90 seconds.

Carol-Off


If you need a large group game you can play "Encore" or "Sing-off" and have each class compete (team of freshmen, team of sophs, etc...) to sing Christmas carols. If they repeat one that has already been sung, they are out. This works pretty well if you have team captains for each group.

Little Nemo Elf

The traditional "Little Nemo" skit works great with Elves. It's explained here.

Christmas Carols with Helium


Name that Christmas Carol


Buddy The Elf Spaghetti Contest


Start it off by showing the clip from the movie Elf whereWill Ferrell eats spaghetti with maple syrup, marshmallows, m&ms, & skittles. Then have a character come on stage dressed as an Elf. You can buy an "elf shirt" lots of places like Walmart/Target or online at Elf Shirt Purchase. Have "Buddy the Elf" come out with all the ingredients mentioned above. You also need a tarp, towels for the kids to clean up with afterwards, theme music to play in the background, and bowls. Have the kids race to eat with their hands. Give out decent sized portions where a kid can actually eat it all in a minute. If you put too much in there, it will take too long and be a dud.

JibJab

Create a JibJab video of your YL leaders heads on the bodies of elves. You have to pay to download it, or you can just show it if you have WiFi where you have club.

Awkward Family Christmas Cards

Pics With Santa

Invite a committee member or parent to dress up as Santa and have kids get their pics taken with him. Invite another adult to take the pics in order to free up leaders to be with kids. Lighting is key for good photos. Chances are you have a parent or friend of YL in the community who loves photography, has a sweet camera, and would love to do it for free.

Candy Canes

Pass them out before club. They're cheap and festive.

Ugly Sweaters

Encourage kids to dress up in their ugliest Christmas sweaters. Odds are, their moms probably have some sweet ones in the attic. If not, a Goodwill trip is always great contact work.

Talk

Here are a few ideas thanks to Sean McGever and YLHelp.com.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Control: A Great Card Game for Contact Work

If you're looking for a fun game to play with your middle, high school, or college friends- the brand new card game, Control, is awesome! 

I picked up one of my high school friends from school last week and we went and played at Mickey D's. Card games are a great way to foster conversation and often help kids feel more at ease when talking. It's a wonderful way to create a semi-distracting environment, enough so that a teenager feels comfortable to talk about hard things.

This particular game is even cooler because it was invented by a Young Life leader!  Mattox Shuler, pictured here, is a Young Life College leader in Athens, GA at UGA. #GoDawgs

Control is an easy to play card game for 2–4 players where each round lasts 5–10 minutes. Players are trying to build up cards in their area of play while stopping others from doing so along the way. It's portable and easy to pick-up-and-and-play so that both non-gamers and game-night veterans can both have a good time.

Buy the game on Amazon.

Here's a video from Mattox with instructions on how to play.



Wednesday, November 9, 2016

WyldLife Wednesday: Campaigners and the One Question

Written by Julie Clapp, National Director for WyldLife.

Last year, I got to meet with a group of girls for WyldLife Campaigners on the weeks we didn’t have club. Twice a month, we gathered for snacks (lots of snacks), games, laughter (lots of laughter) and a closer look at Scripture.

I planned a Campaigners lesson each time and hoped we learned something. But my biggest prayer? That girls would see for themselves that reading the Bible doesn’t have to be intimidating and can be enjoyable.

We bounced around the book of Luke all year, each time looking at a different story about Jesus – even some of the stories we heard in club. We talked about Jesus’ encounters with Zacchaeus, Mary and Martha, and the rich, young ruler. We looked at Jesus’ birth, Jesus calming the storm, and Jesus feeding 5,000 hungry people.

Girls imagined the scenes and what it might have been like to be there. We talked about who was there and what people were doing and saying. And as we looked at each story, we wanted to answer one question:

What is one thing that is true about Jesus?

The girls did a great job discovering these truths themselves – with a few helpful questions from me. They learned that Jesus is humble… that Jesus is forgiving… that Jesus wants us to follow him.

And then the follow-up… if that one thing is true about Jesus, what does that have to do with me? Together, we came up with a challenge to remember what we’d learn was true about Jesus that week. We talked about how we wanted that truth to change us.

At the end of each Campaigners, someone wrote that one truth on a piece of paper and added it to our poster. By the end of the year, we had a posterboard filled with things that were true about Jesus. When I see the poster, it reminds me to be thankful for who Jesus is in my own life. And I remember to pray that the girls will keep their eyes on this Jesus they got to know one truth at a time last year.

What have you done in your WyldLife Campaigners? If you have ideas to share, email us here!