great ideas from youth groups like yours

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A Righteous Roundup

Is your youth group looking for some new ideas? Well, we've heard about some great stuff going on in church youth groups and Christian clubs all over the world. Check out these awesome ideas for challenging your faith, reaching out to your community, and just having a good time with your Christian friends.

In Derry, Pennsylvania (pop. 2,912), the youth group at the Christian Fellowship Center of Derry has found a way to make the most of its rural setting. For the past few years, the group has held a Redneck Roundup for all the high-school students in town. Everyone dresses in their best overalls and flannel shirts for a night of food, hayrides and, of course, big competitions, like:

  1. Hay Bale Tossing
  2. Wheelbarrow Obstacle Course
  3. Seed Spitting (for distance and accuracy)
  4. Tractor Pull (complete with real tractors)
  5. Musical Guys (the guys are the chairs, the girls have to sit on 'em)
  6. Chicken Peck (picking candy corn off the floor with your mouth)
  7. Turkey Bowling (using a frozen turkey and a set of 2-liter plastic bottles)

When all the games are done, the group holds a major awards ceremony. There are plenty of prizes for the winners, donated by local businesses.

Once the awards have been handed out, the group gets a bit more serious. A few members of the youth group give their testimonies and present the gospel. Each year, several students stick around to find out more about Christ.

In the three years the group from the Christian Fellowship Center has held the Redneck Roundup, attendance has increased. The first year, 85 people showed up (not bad for a town of 2,912). Last year, a whopping 175 donned their overalls and hopped on the haywagon.

Boy Howdy! Sounds like a stompin' good time.

Hometown Improvement

Getting their hands dirty is no problem for the Christ Community Church youth group in Franklin, Tennessee. Several members of the group spent a long, hard Saturday helping a family in Franklin fix up their run-down old house. The group members painted the house inside and out, fixed up the kitchen and even repaired the badly-damaged roof. They had such a great time helping make one family's home a little more livable, they've decided to do more home-improvement projects for other needy families in Franklin.

What's In a Name?

We were surfing the 'Net the other day and found some cool names for youth groups.

One group is called "Wired," based on John 15:1-8, where Jesus describes himself as the vine and his followers as the branches. "Wired" is "a technological version of being connected to the Vine, plugged into the real source of life," someone wrote online.

Our favorite acronym name was slumy, which stands for St. Luke's United Methodist Youth. (Yo! You goin' to the slumy meetin' tonight?")

Some other fun names: Prime Time, Maximum Security Co., TRUTH (Teens Rising Up Through Him), Pipe Line, and TGIF (Teens Gathered In Faith), Crossroads, and The Edge.

Send your cool group name to the address below.

Got a great group idea? Send it to us with your name, hometown, church name, and the name of your youth group or Christian club. Write to "Salt & Light," Campus Life, 465 Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188. You can also reach "Salt & Light" via fax (630-260-0114).

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