If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off summer activities with youth, consider focusing on the passage taken from yesterday’s lectionary reading—the Ascension of Jesus, Acts 1: 6-11. This is a text that some youth might find appealing—it’s not too often that we talk about Jesus flying up into the sky...
- Begin with a conversation focusing on how youth initially interpret this passage.
- Next, spend some time focusing on the words, “You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." Ask your youth: What does it mean to be a witness for Christ? As a witness for Christ, you have the possibility to live your life in response to the one who has changed your life. All of your daily actions are intended to be a reflection of the witness of Christ.
- Finally, have some fun with this Bible study. Encourage youth to email or message you throughout the week pictures of them “witnessing” to others, whatever this might be. The pictures might include anything from showing hospitality to studying the Bible. When you meet the following week show the pictures as part of your offering for worship and consider also showing the pictures on Sunday morning worship—a reminder that youth are part of today’s church, not just the church of the future.