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Do or Dont Do God

Posted: July 27, 2010 in youthwork

When you're running the church youth club, do you have  a God slot? If not why not? If you do? Why do you? If you feel you should, what do you do if the kids dont want it?

When you’re running the church youth club, do you have  a God slot? If not why not? If you do? Why do you? If you feel you should, what do you do if the kids dont want it?


What does it mean to be young?

What is it like trying to get your act together?

Where is my place in the world?

How do I feel when my plans dont come together?

The Youth of a Nation aims to look at these sorts of questions.

Is it really this bad?

Ok. So you’re part of a church, there are a number of activities going on, but you’ve noticed you dont have anything for children / young people in your church or local area during the mid week.

You decide to lay on a few games, set up a pool table, get a wii setup, and some young people have decided to come along. The thing is, you’re a church youth club, and part of you feels like you should be teaching anyone that comes along about God and the Bible.

But why?

I would imagine the reasons why you may want to talk about God, may well depend on the reasons why your church wanted to set up a youth club in the first place.

Maybe you dont think having any Christian input is the way forward? Maybe you want to build up relationships with the people that come along, and then talk about God at a later stage.

Both approaches have merit.  But the most challenging comment that was passed to me was “What makes a Christian youthclub, Christian?”

Sorry no answers here – but maybe something to ponder.

Sorry for the lack of updates round here recently, with the Adobe course, holiday, and youthclub stuff going on there hasn’t been much blogging space.

But it that last point that nagging at me a little. You see, we’ve stopped our church youth group for a little while – taking a break over this half term, the idea being to relaunch it after the half term holiday. After how to keep discipline the biggest thing that’s been discussed is the “god slot”.

Namely should we do it? If we should how often, and what should the God Slot look like?

I’m going to try and work though those points over the next week or so. Please stick around and feel free to argue / discuss anything I may say, or point out if I miss anything out.

Here’s something that myself and a few others are struggling to get our heads around;

How structured should a youth club be?

The joy of having a structure is that people know what to expect, and… In a way… It’s easier to get the quieter types involved in what’s going on, but we have found structured activities to be a challenge at time. What do you do if your young people dont want to be involved? Also if something untoward happens, and someone needs to be taken to one side for a ‘chat’, how do you do that with out having a knock on affect on how the current activity is staffed?

So how about if you go for the other extreme? What if you set a few games up, and let them at it? Are they going to get bored? Will it give the leaders the chance to actually speak to the guys that turn up? Or is it going to end in mayham?

I’ll let you know how it goes, but do you have any experience in this? What type of format do you think works best?

“No violence! To be responsible you have to try and not hit people!”

I thought it was a good rule…