5 Sites for Free Fonts

Chris —  May 19, 2014 — 5 Comments

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Have you ever sat down to make a brochure, calendar or flyer and realized you really need a new font because people around the church have seen the same font on the last 7 flyers you’ve made for your youth ministry? Well, here are 5 sites with 1000’s of free fonts you can use in your next project.

  1. Dafont
  2. FontSquirrel
  3. 1001 Free Fonts
  4. Font Space
  5. 1001 Fonts

Summer is coming, maybe experiment with some new looks this season.

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The fine folks over at the Buffer blog have put together a list of 53 free stock photo resources for you to use in your youth ministry projects.  Everyone knows that pictures just make blogs, flyers, brochures, announcement slides, and social media more interesting.  I use a lot of stock photography, but I don’t always have the budget to buy it.  Here are a few of the sites off the Buffer list that that I’ve used:

Jump over to Buffer to see the whole list:

53+ Free Image Sources for your Blogs and Social Media Posts

TED Video Edit Tips

Poorly edited video can be so distracting, and the editors at TED know this better than anyone, their whole site is built on their event talks. These are great tips for all the video editors out there.  It’s definitely worth the read.  It would be great to share with anyone editing video for your youth ministry.

She covers camera angles, shot selection, graphics, keeping it moving, and more. The post also includes samples to illustrate the points.

My favorite quote:

We strive to keep our edits invisible.

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Read: 10 tips for editing video in a thoughtful, compelling way | TED Blog.

Adobe Voice

Adobe just released a new iPad app for creating quick stories on the go – Voice.  Think of it as a streamlined keynote or powerpoint that will allow you to quickly put together a video with pictures, text, voice overs, and video.  They give you a library of graphics and music you can use to add to your stories as well.  They give you all the expected sharing options (FaceBook, Twitter, Email), so sharing your creations is super easy.  It looks like it could be a great way to put together simple, quick highlight videos at summer camp, mission trips, or other activities to share with parents and your Church the awesome things your group is up to.  Right now it’s only for iPad, but the price is right since it’s FREE.

I’d recommend giving it a try and letting us know what you think.  I’d love to see the stories you put together with it.

Download Voice Now

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.

Visit DYM to Download

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The fine folks over at YouthMinistry360 have some great freebies for your youth group teaching this Easter.  Visit their Easter Vault to download 3 free lessons and 10 free student devotionals.  It’s a great little treat to stick in your Youth Ministry Easter basket.

Here’s what you get:

Lesson 1: Encounter: Death. Life. Forgiveness.
Purpose: Challenge teens to remember why Jesus did what He did and what was accomplished through His sacrifice, and to formulate a response to Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Lesson 2: The Thread of Love
Purpose: Help teens see how God wove a thread of redeeming love through the Bible, culminating with the greatest expression of love, Jesus’ death and resurrection.

Lesson 3: The Big Picture
Purpose: Challenge teens to fully grasp the impact Christ’s resurrection has had on their lives by helping them articulate their response to Christ’s resurrection, and how it has affected them personally.

10 Easter Devotions: Death. Life. Forgiveness
Purpose: Help teens get prepared for Easter by looking at a chronological view of the events surrounding Jesus’ last days on earth. They will help your teens prepare their hearts and minds to celebrate Christ’s resurrection.

Thanks YouthMinistry360!

Take Me to the Downloads

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.

GetMacApps.com: Easy Mac Setup

Chris —  March 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

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Have you ever gotten a new Mac or needed to install a new hard drive and was starting from scratch with software installs? I recently heard about this great we site that will make it easier.  GetMacApps.com allows you to select from a list of apps and then it will create a script for the install.  Just pop open terminal and run the script and it will download and install the apps you selected and even delete the install files.  Most of the biggies are on the list (Dropbox, Chrome, Evernote, Google Drive & many more), and maybe you’ll find some great software you didn’t even know about.  So next time you are setting up a Mac, give it a try.

getmacapps.com

Try GetMacApps.com

A few weeks back I was visiting my friends at Download Youth Ministry and Doug asked if I would film an episode of 5-Minute Youth Ministry with him about my favorite apps.  I decided to go with the tried and true because I’m constantly surprised how many people still haven’t heard of them.  Enjoy the show:

Links to what we talk about:

What are your favorite apps right now?