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Summer Movie Guide 2014

Chris —  June 11, 2014 — 1 Comment

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I love summer movies, and they can be a great opportunity to hang out with students from your youth ministry. The team over at The Source for Youth Ministry has put together a great summer movie guide.  Some of the have already come out, but there are plenty of blockbusters still to come.  Check it out and know what movies may make great youth group activities.

You might also want to check out their FREE reviews and discussion starters.  They already have a few of the summer movies posted for you to use.

If you are looking for more info about what movies contain and what age groups they would be appropriate for, check out Common Sense Media.  It’s a great resource for reviews movies, tv shows, books, apps, and more.

 

Image Credit: Halmeoni 

Wow, this took me back to elementary school.  They should introduce these kids to Oregon Trail.

Star Wars Day

“May the 4th” otherwise known as Star Wars day is coming up soon.  This year it happens to fall on Sunday, so if you want to have some fun with it in your program.  The team over at DYM have you covered.  They have a great FREE Powerpoint game for you to download and use.  Enjoy, and May the Force be with You.

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This guy is great.  You should try to get your church organist to play this in this weekend’s service.

HT: Sploid

Twitter released a new tool to easily find out what your first tweet was.

Here’s mine:

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(Evidently I wasn’t big into capitalization.)

Check out the your first tweet!

Youth Game Idea:

If you have a lot of students who use twitter, you might be able to make a youth group game out of it.  You could look up student’s or staff’s first tweet before youth group so you know what it is.  Then bring them up on stage and see how good they are at remembering what their first tweet was.  You could even make it multiple choice.  “Was your first tweet about a) Food, b) Your Parents, or C) Homework.” You might also let the group try to decide what the first tweet was about.  Then put in the user name with the tool up on the screen so everyone can see.  Even better might be to make up some fake ones.  You won’t be able to use the tool live then of course, but it could be lots of fun.

What was your first tweet?  Don’t forget to follow me at @CRD55 or this blog @YMGeek.

Here’s a little happiness for your Friday.  What do you get when you mix the Pharrell Williams song “Happy” with characters from Star Wars?  I’m glad you asked.

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I love that it was actually shot on location where they filmed the Tatoonine scenes.

(HT to Mashable)

Great Game Ideas

Chris —  March 4, 2014 — 3 Comments

Who couldn’t use more game ideas for Wednesday Night?  Last week the YS Idea Lab featured the king of youth group games, Les Christie giving some fun ideas.

What’s your favorite youth ministry game?

Need more games ideas, check these out:

Ball and Game Bundle - Physical
Games - Video Edition - Physical
Absurd Holiday Games Vol 1 - Digital

Productivity Tips from Star Wars

Chris —  February 17, 2014 — 4 Comments

I read a great post over at 99u.com about 7 productivity tips you can gleam from Star Wars.  Here are a few of my favorites:

1) Rest when you have nothing to do.

When Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn is fighting Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace, a transparent door closes, dividing them (see in video above). Darth Maul paces back and forth ready to continue their battle while Qui-Gon simply sits and rests, seemingly doing nothing.

In modern society we all feel like we have to be like Darth Maul. Pacing, finding a “purpose,” being anxious, stressed, waiting for doors to open. But it is great to just rest and be happy and not move when you don’t have to. I will tell you those doors will open, and it’s great.

I know for myself that when i don’t spend time to rest my productivity nosedives.  Sometimes we get under so much pressure that we feel like that time to rest will hurt, but usually the opposite is true. I also find my problem solving and creativity are so much higher after a little rest.

2) Rid yourself of everything you don’t need.

Obi-Wan lives a simple life in exile for 40 years when he’s on Tatooine. Yoda, Jedi Master, lives in a simple swamp hut after he loses his battle with the Emperor. They were still capable of laughing, of living, of staying healthy, and were able to train the next generation. They didn’t need anything to keep them entertained. It’s a story. But this is the way I would like to live: with my friend and my health intact, and not a material care in the world.

Clutter can be such a distraction to me.  Simple almost always helps me focus and get more done.

5) Be around other Jedis.

Once Anakin Skywalker starts hanging out with Darth Sidious he becomes a bad guy (see above). Here are some things that are hard in life: being honest, being kind, and trying to add value to others. These things take time and energy. When you are around people who steal your energy then those things become even harder. As a wise man once said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

Just like we teach our students being around those that have the traits we wish to have helps build those habits.  When I’m around those that are creative and productive it helps to inspire those traits in me as well.  I recommend finding those people around you and schedule time to be hang around them.  Even if it’s just for coffee, discussing what you are working can with them can be a huge lift to you, especially if you are feeling stuck.

Read the entire list of tips HERE.

In honor of flag day, enjoy this premier episode of Fun with Flags, with your host, Dr. Sheldon Cooper.

I confess, I saw Star Trek Into Darkness this weekend, and I loved it.  Sure it wasn’t perfect, but it was a fun, space adventure — everything I want in a summer movie. (As a side note, it made me super excited for what JJ will do with Star Wars).  To celebrate the number one movie this weekend. Here’s a funny little video I saw this weekend:

I think I may have to make a starship Enterprise costume like this to wear at Comic Con this summer.