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Food evangelism for junior highers

To help junior highers introduce their friends to the Lord and our church, I began a series of Saturday cooking classes advertised through flyers sent home with our youth group. Our students were asked to invite their friends. I chose meals a student would likely eat and reproduce at home, with a special emphasis on desserts.

We cook, practice good manners and the art of table conversation, then do dishes. Afterward, I show a 30-minute video of musical artists or stand-up comics who include a clear presentation of the gospel in their wrap-up segment.

Recipes go home with the students, who are encouraged to cook the meal that week for their families.

Our youth group has doubled since the project started, and several of the students' families have visited or are now attending our church.

Visitor fete

Quarterly, our church compiles a list of visitors and then prepares a banquet in their honor. In addition to the visitors, our staff and church board attend; ...

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