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December 2018

What is Your Message

By Dave Magee

John the Baptist plays a big role in the scriptures for this Sunday in Advent, and his role as a messenger preparing the way is an incredible entry point for students to explore how they can live out key concepts from this story. This is a companion piece to the complete, free youth advent material called “Prepare the Way” available from Discipleship Ministries as part of our ongoing effort to provide free youth resources for your church. You can find a link to the full curriculum at our Worship Lessons for Youth page.

You will need a large piece of paper or poster board, markers and any other art supplies you’d like to add for this group activity.

Begin by splitting the group into smaller groups of 3-6

Tell the group – Like John the Baptist, you all have been charged with sharing an important message with the world. First you need to decide on a message that you think God would want you to share with the world. Then, get a piece of paper and art supplies and take 10 minutes sign with your message on it . Make them fun and attention-getting!

After time has passed ask each group to share their sign and tell the group why they chose that message.

Final question – What can you do this Christmas season to be like John the Baptist and help share the message of Christ with the world?

Dave MaGee has served in youth ministry for two decades since graduating from Duke University Divinity School in 1999. He served as a youth minister in several churches in Texas and most recently served as the Director of Student Ministries at The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas.