This Month in Acteens

February 2017 Extra Options

 

February Bible Study: Presentation of the EvangeCube

The EvangeCube is a tool for telling people about Jesus. Many people find it a helpful tool to show pictures as they explain the plan of salvation. Use this video as a training tool for girls to learn to use it in their own words.

Go to e3 Resources. Under EvangeCube, look for Training Video and click on one of the English versions (Download or Streaming).

 

February Spiritual Growth: Quick Links

How to write cinquain poems. http://writeshop.com/writing-a-cinquain-poem

How to write haiku poems. http://writeshop.com/writing-haiku-poem

 

February Spiritual Growth: Word Cloud

Lead girls to create a word cloud that expresses how God shows His love for them.

Use Scripture to aid girls in selecting the words they want to use. You may use Scripture from the Bible Study and Spiritual Growth sessions or allow the girls to choose something that is meaningful to them.

Girls can post the images on social media or on your church’s website or Facebook page, if possible. If girls don’t have access to a printer, offer to print word clouds for them. For something special, you can provide frames for the word clouds.

Suggested Word Cloud Websites

wordclouds.com 

wordle.net 

worditout.com

 

February Missions Focus: Christian Drama

One of the tools used to reach people is Christian drama. Some of your girls may be interested in trying this. Christian drama takes all kinds of forms from puppetry, funny skits, and reader’s theater to serious, multi-act productions. You’ll find a number of free resources online.

Consider beginning with a few simple reader’s theater options. Girls can read them together and perhaps use them in a worship service at your church. If they enjoy them, the ministry can grow.

A lot of scripts are available free online. Two possibilities:

Scripts from Matt Tullos 

Youth Source

 

February Missions Focus: Steps to Witnessing

Witnessing can be a challenge for all believers, including teenagers. But if they develop a relational style of sharing their faith when they are young, they will likely do so with ease throughout their lifetimes.

1. Send students a link to “Witnessing Made Easier” so they can read the brief article. Suggest that they bookmark it. This article offers some guidelines students can incorporate into their daily lives.

2. Read the article together, one step at a time, and discuss practical ways of implementing these ideas with their friends in their school or other activities.

3. Suggest that Acteens share their experiences with one another as they test this plan.

Of course, this will work best for girls who have already made the decision to follow Christ. If some have not, they can still contribute to the discussion. Guide the discussion to focus on:

  • Talking with friends—What do you talk about with your friends? How can you transition to talking about your church, your involvement in church, the fun you have there, the meaningful relationships, the people there who care about you and other teenagers?
  • Depending on peers—How can hanging out with church friends and other Christian friends help you be the person God wants you be? How can talking with your churchgoing friends and talking with them about student activities at church make it easier to talk with friends who don’t go to church?
  • Acting naturally, without pressure—Don’t put pressure on Acteens to witness, and don’t encourage them to put pressure on their friends. Do encourage them to talk naturally about their relationship to your church and their relationships to Christ because these topics, like other things they talk about, are important parts of their lives.

March 2017 Extra Options

 

March Bible Study: Reaching the Unreached, Then and Now

When Jesus ascended into heaven, He left His disciples responsible for taking the gospel to Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Today, the Global Research Department of the International Mission Board tracks unreached, unengaged people groups to help modern missionaries reach every nation, tribe, people, and language (Rev. 7:9).

Guide your Acteens to search the online resources available from the Global Research Department. Use the statics and maps available here to create a presentation to share. Be sure to include all girls in the research process and in the decisions about what to include in the presentation.

Include information about the early church and the missionary journeys of Paul in your presentation. You can find this information on various websites.

Arrange for your Acteens group to share their presentation with one or more missions groups in your church. Have your girls share their research and answer questions to the best of their ability.

Have girls lead a prayertime at the end of the presentation. Pray for more laborers and continued fruitfulness on the missions field.

 

 

March Spiritual Growth: Easter Videos

Guide your Acteens to search for online videos related to Christ’s death and resurrection. One good place to begin is here. Select two or more videos to watch with your Acteens.

After you have watched the videos, discuss how these videos help communicate the gospel in this generation. How do people relate to videos differently than written words? What truths were conveyed in the videos? What was left out? What can be communicated through the words of Scripture that is hard to put into a video?

Challenge your Acteens to come up with their own idea for a gospel video that they can share on your church social media page and on the National Acteens Facebook page.

You may also choose one or more of the online videos you found and challenge your girls to share it on their personal social media page or in private message to a non-Christian friend.

 

 

March Missions Focus: Witnessing with the Bridge

Quick Links

“The Bridge to Life” by The Navigators

Learn to use the Bridge presentation

 

 

March Missions Focus: Baptist Campus Ministry in Your State

Guide your Acteens to research Baptist campus/collegiate ministry in your state. Have girls use their personal web-enabled devices or take turns navigating on a single device.

Begin by allowing girls to explore BCM Life. Have them research the various ministry areas, events, and resources available on the website. You may choose to assign a particular area to a small team of girls and have them report their findings to the large group.

Visit your state convention website to learn about how Baptist campus ministry works in your state. Have girls research one or more universities in your state to learn about Baptist life on campus. Look for answers to these questions:

  • How many Baptist Campus Ministries are in our state?
  • How many students are involved campus ministries?
  • What are ministers to college students called in our state?
  • How are campus ministries funded? How are they organized?
  • How does our state promote campus ministries and encourage church participation?

Talk about what girls learned about how Baptist campus ministry works in your state. Discuss ways your Acteens group and your church can support those who minister to college students.

Use the BCM Life Collegiate Ministry Directory to find contact information for campus ministers at universities across North America. Email a state or campus college minister with other questions.

As time allows, help your girls research Baptist ministries on the campuses of the universities they are interested in attending in the future.

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