Tuesday, December 14, 2010

    2010 Advent Ideas for Youth Ministry #4: Links Galore

    Another round of helpful links to help you explore the seasons of Advent and Christmas in your youth ministry!

    Advent Siloquies - Use these first person reflections by various characters in the nativity story as part of an evening worship experience with youth reading each part.

    Christmas Video Loops - Here you'll find three free video loops for enchancing an Advent/Christmas themed worship experience
    Where's the Line to See Jesus? - This song asks us to consider just who the focus should be on this season of Advent (HT to Deech Kirk). It would make a great discussion for youth paired with this provocative image of Jesus replacing the traditional mall Santa. 
    Advent Time Out for Youth Leaders - Benjer McVeigh offers up some thoughtful Advent devotionals for those of us in youth ministry who often forget to take time out during this season. 
    Free Christmas Songs - That's right. Lots of free and legal downloads for you to enjoy this Advent Season (includes Jars of Clay and Sixpence None the Richer) 
    Digital Nativity - Check out this cool video that retells the Nativity story utilizing the tools of our digital age. (HT Youth Ministry Geek)
    When Will We Have Peace? Something a bit different here -- essays by a sixteen year old Mennonite boy who writes with clarity and brutal honesty about his search for peace (appropriate in this season as we wait again for the coming of the Prince of Peace.)  You might use these as discussion starters with your youth.
    Contemplative Christmas Worship - A really excellent pdf resource with all the details for setting up a series of creative prayer stations for the Advent/Christmastide seasons from the Youth Worker Movement.
    Quick & Easy Christmas Games - Provided by the good folks at YM360.
    12 Duh's of Christmas - A fun True/False quiz to test your teens' knowledge of the Christmas stories and traditions.
    Top 5 Christmas Videos - for youth ministry, courtesy of (Youth) Ministry in Progress.