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Practical service-learning project ideas for youth groups who want to serve, guidelines for organizing meaningful service experiences, and tips for connecting service to heart changes. Reproducible handouts and lesson plans for youth group study time and/or special events. Easy for a youth leader to scan for good fits with various youth groups. Ideal for Middle and High School youth pastors and volunteer leaders for youth groups of various sizes. Youth groups are looking for meaningful ways to connect and make a difference in their communities. That mission can be a daunting task, but this ready-to-go tool will help youth groups navigate their journey of service-learning. This practical and interactive resource will help your youth consider the connection between faith and service, discover how God equipped your group to meet community needs, and explore service project ideas. It also profiles activities and conversation starters to help you tap into the power of service-learning for building character, challenging perceptions, and shaping leaders. It's easy for a youth leader to scan and it's flexible enough to use with diverse groups. Outline 1. Hands Requested: God's call to serve (scriptures, stories of youth volunteers impacting the world for Christ...) 2. Hands Equipped: Recognizing our God-given unique skills, talents, passions and personalities to serve (including check-box surveys and lists) 3.Hands Needed: seeing the world's needs. Topical sections (hunger, aging, education) will include verses, project ideas and resources for further study. 4. A Place for YOUR Hands: Finding your fit 5. Keys for your hands: Elements of great service projects (including community need, youth voice, orientation, meaningful action, reflection and celebration) 6.Hands Reaching Out: Tips for engaging your congregation in service 7.Hands in Service: Leadership tips for service projects (planning, liability, supervision, roles...) 8.Hands Shaping Hearts: Ideas for reflection 9.Resources for Helping Hands
This ready-to-go tool will help youth groups find meaningful ways to connect and make a difference in their communities through service-learning. Practical and interactive activities will help youth consider the connection between faith and service, discover the ways they are uniquely designed to serve, and explore service project ideas. It also profiles activities and conversation starters to help you tap into the power of service-learning for building character, challenging perceptions, and shaping leaders. It s easy for a youth leader to scan and it s flexible enough to use with diverse groups from middle school to college. Part One: The Basics What you need to know about service-learning the definition, the benefits, the process, and how to make the move from volunteer service to service-learning."" Part Two: Readying Your Hands 17 easy-to-use activity plans to help youth realize the value of service, discover what scripture says about serving others, identify what gifts each person brings to the group, and begin to explore the community. Part Three: Hands in Action 17 topical issues that include sample service project ideas, reflection questions, prayers, scriptures, stories about youth in service, and resources for further study.
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