This Month in Acteens

January 2019 Extra Options

Enhance your Acteens meeting with these extra online options for this month in Acteens.

 

Bible Study: Fiery Furnace Hot Chocolate Quick Links

Spiced Hot Chocolate

Spiced Hot Dark Chocolate

Mexican Spiced Hot Chocolate

Spicy Hot Chocolate

 

 

Bible Study: Friendship and Technology

Encourage students to recognize the negative and positive connections that are possible through social media. Reimagine the Bible story with modern-day technology.

Do an Internet search for cyberbullying statistics. Make the Acteens aware of the bullying trends on social media. You may also want to invite parents to participate in this activity so you can raise their awareness to cyberbullying.

Reimagine the Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego story in the context of modern-day technology. For example, King Nebuchadnezzar orders everyone to take a selfie with the golden statue.

Allow teens to share their own experiences about the negativity that exists on social media platforms. Invite them to point out some of the negatives that happen with technology usage.

Then focus on the positive. How can technology be a tool that is used for the good of others? Challenge students to use technology and social media to spread positivity.

Brainstorm some good habits students can implement as part of their technology usage. Here are some examples: Make face-to-face connections a priority by turning off devices when you are spending time your friends or family. Encourage students to filter everything they post on social media so that all their posts are encouraging and empowering to others.

 

 

Spiritual Growth: Prayer Sketches

Prayer is communicating with the Lord. Focus yourself with simple sketches that reflect upon the beauty of God.

Do an Internet search for phenology wheel and phenology wheel templates.

Use a template or create your own by tracing large, medium, and small circles onto a sheet of paper so that they share the same center point.

Divide the outermost circle into four equal segments. Here you can write out your prayer requests during each season. Label them or color them according to colors that you observe in each of these seasons.

Divide the inner circle into 12 slices, one for each month. Label them accordingly. Here you can write out your monthly prayer requests. You can write here on one day each month, or make entries throughout the month to fill in the space. Add graphics, words, names, shapes, and colors whenever you return to work on this entry. For example, the first time you might want to just write names. Next you can add shapes that relate to the specific request. Next you could add colors. Layer each month as you return to it.

If you need more space to write out your prayers then use the wheel as an index for your journal. Use the exercise of illustrating the wheel to help focus your heart on the Lord and seeking His will. Then write your prayer on a separate page.

 

 

Missions Focus: Quick Links

New Circle Church

NAMB Send City: Indianapolis

 

 

Hands-On Missions: Missionaries with Cookies Quick Link

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