I Have Been Given, So Too Shall I Give | UMC YoungPeople
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April 2019

I Have Been Given, So Too Shall I Give

By Scott Meier

All we have is a gift from God, and those gifts are meant to be used to make a positive impact on our world. This activity will help students not only identify what they have as gifts from God, but help guide them to seeing how they can use their resources to give back.

Create a hand out with “I have Been Given, So Too Shall I Give” across the top.

Make 2 columns under the title: one with “Given” and one with “To Give”.

In the “Given” column, have group members think of all the things they have been blessed with. These can be material things (like a car or a house) or gifts, talents, or abilities they have (like singing).

Then, in the “To Give” column, for each of the items in the “Given” have group members think of some way they can use that item to bring glory to and benefit the Kingdom of God. For example, they could use a car to deliver food to shut-ins or take a friend to school; they could use their musical ability in worship.

Have the group share what they have come up with

Scott has served in student ministry for over 30 years, the past 24 years at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Having grown up in an incredible and life-changing youth ministry at Pioneer United Methodist Church in Walla Walla, Washington, Scott got his start at Simpson United Methodist Church in Pullman, Washington while a student at Washington State University. Scott has a passion for missions and leadership development, and desires to create life-long disciples for Jesus Christ. Scott and his wife Kristin have a little girl, Laurel Kate.