What Should We Do? an Advent Activity | UMC YoungPeople
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December 2018

What Should We Do? an Advent Activity

By Dave Magee

God want our heart AND our actions. The life of faith is not one lived only in the spirit, but in the flesh as well. This activity will help students think about the actions God is calling us to do in our world by taking the story of John the Baptist and translating it into their own lives. This is the active element of our Advent Lesson series called Prepare the Way. You can find all the lessons at the Prepare the way Page.

Break the students up into small groups of several students each and give each group a piece of paper and markers.

Tell the groups – In Luke 3:7-18 the people of the crowd asked John the Baptist what they needed to DO, you are going to make a sign with a list of what God might be telling the people of the world today that they need to do. Title your sign “What You Need To Do! “ followed by your list. You have 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes have gone by have each group briefly share their list.

Questions after Activity:

  • Which items shared from the group signs do you think were the best?
  • You were asked to title the signs “What you need to do”, before telling others what to do what do you personally need to do?

Final Word – “While Christmas is a time of joy and expectation, it is for a Savior who didn’t just come to the world at Christmas but changed everything about the world. This Christmas season focus on what you can DO to help others to see Christ.”

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.