tips & IDEAS
FOR YOUR BESTR SCHOOL YEAR EVE
1. Start a Group The very best tip we can give you is, START! Start a New Generation group! It could be one of the best choices you ever make! Our motto here at New Generation is “My School, My Responsibility.” Even if you’ve heard it before, it’s always good to remind ourselves that we can (and should!) take responsibility for the people around us. It may be true that your youth leader or local schoolsworker knows more about the Bible than you, but they probably don’t know your classmates as well as you do! So here’s the deal: you - an ordinary pupil – can be used by God to do extraordinary things in your school! God believes in you...He really does! Throughout history God has used young people to do amazing things. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a completely normal teenage girl who was terrified when the angel
Get your thinking caps on and get creative. Try writing down as many ideas as you and your Group can think of and then try to figure out how you will pull them off! If you’re having any trouble with this then don’t fret, this little booklet is jam-packed with creative ideas and will help get you going!
Are there any decent Christian bands in the area? Ask if they can perform at your school, and share a short message afterwards.
Gabriel came and told her that she was to give birth to Jesus, the Son of God. Mary couldn’t work out how it was going to be possible, but she made up her mind to believe that God could do a miracle through her, and He did! When it comes to you and your school you might be scared at first to pray and reach out to your friends, but when you make your mind up to do it God will take everything in His hands and bless the initiatives you take! So if you haven’t already done so, then now is the time...join the movement and start a group!
Remember, you have to plan. Being free and spontaneous is not always the best solution. I’m not talking about last-minute panic planning either. Get a calendar, and start looking at what you want to do and when you want to do it, how much your projects are going to cost, and what you need to do to prepare...you get the point. Just make sure you put it into practice!
If you’re a bit of a handyman (or woman), then why not ask if you could repaint some of the worn or ugly-looking areas of the school? If you’re artistic you may even be able to do some sort of motif or mural that will enhance the image of the school and brighten up a room or a corridor.
4 Be seen, be heard! Do whatever (well, almost) it takes to put your school group on the map. The days of holy huddles in the basement are over. It’s time to let your classmates know that there’s a group of Christians at your school who are proud of being believers, and who are dedicated to standing up for their faith and living out the teachings of Jesus.
7 Invite your non-Christian friends to yo youth meetinur church servicg or you don’t alre e. If do this then mady sure you start ake help the youthand team make it easy as possibas for non-Christ le to take part. ians
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Come dressed as a Bible character on nonuniform day. If that doesn’t start a conversation, nothing will!
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Get in contact with an organisation like Stop the Traffik or Hope for Justice, who fight against human trafficking. Maybe you could organise a fundraiser in your school?
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Make prayer concrete: make a prayer journal. Write down what you have been praying about, and which prayers have been answered!
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Put up a we ekly Bible verses on the notice b oard. As always... don’t forget to ask for permission.
Give free g uitar lessons . All Christians can play guitar, right?!
54 Pick a lesson nobody really likes, for example maths on Friday. Then announce you’ll give away a chocolate bar every week, always to someone new. People will be excited every week!
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58 Call the New Generation Teamers and tell them what’s happening at your school. That way they can pass on your stories and encourage other groups and members around the country.
59 If you hear people gossiping, confront them about what they are doing. Ask them if they’d like other people talking about them the way they talk about others.
opt Embrace the rejected! Ad the mentality as a group ool that no-one in your sch ted ec rej l fee to will have u or isolated. As a group yo cing can to commit to embra out those who’ve been shut by others.
Put chocolate powder next to the milk in the canteen. Write “From the Christian Union”
Invite a New Gen eration Team to com e and speak at your ch urch. If there are several Groups in your town or ci ty then you can all meet up and try to see if there is anything you ca n do together in your area.
Soul Action! Bring the slum to your school for a day by doing Slum Survivor, and let people know how 1 billion people live their lives. For more details check out http://www.soulaction. org/slumsurvivor
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Get visible by adding your group on Face70 book, Tumblr, Twitter or whatever is popular
e sure that you and your group 63 Mak spend time together. Get to know one difanother, especially if you’re from ferent classes and/or churches.
62 Don’t forget to get in contact with the NG Teamers if you need some encouragement. They’re here to help and we can assure that they’re very friendly.
Hand out New Generation Bibles to every student when they first arrive at school and let them know about the Christian Group.
E. staff know th Christian and voluntee at you’re r yourself to help in lessons. You could suggest that you talk in class about yo ur faith and what Christianity means fo r you. Take it easy though, save your “tu rn or burn” message for another day…
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you’ve got a knack for music, then you could 66Ifplay some songs in the common room. It might
be a bit scary, but if you play requests people will probably enjoy a bit of music. If nothing else, it’s a conversation-starter.
71 If for some strange and unexplicable reason you’ve missed this, then we’ll say it once more. Don’t miss the New Generation website! It’s full of resources just for you, so be inspired, and get surfing!
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You can use special days in the calendar to your advantage. Make it an excuse to let people know about your group and about Jesus. “Where do we find these special days?” I hear you say...NG+ of course!
Not everything you do has to be BIG or extravagant. A lot of small things can mean a lot over time. For example, you
74 It would be great if you kept a Testimony Journal of everything God is doing in your school. Send some excerpts through to us once in a while, just to remind yourselves and us how good God is.
If you’re any good at drama, why not ask permission to do an outreach and use your finest drama skills to share the gospel message.
brave and courageous! Have a week 79 Be of evangelism at your school where you
decide to talk to 5 new people about Jesus Help the dinner in one week. Just remember to back it up in prayer. ladies (or men!) tidy the lunch 80 A group in a university in Finland knitted 150 hall after break. pair s of gloves to hand out. That’s quite a lot of work...but may
be you can make at least a handful (opps, that’s a bad joke!) and give them away for the cold winter.
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Take a look at the NOOMA videos over on www. nooma.com. They’re short films that you can use to present the Christian message or address Christian topics.
Offer to decorate the school at Christmas. You might be able to throw in some New Generation posters, and help make sure people get to grips with the real meaning of Christmas.
World Aids Day is a really important day. Tr y raising aware87 ness and even raising Get your dance shoes money for charities. on, bring out your C he ck ou t: parents’ clothes from the 70s and organise a Rock Band or dance mat competition.
Set up a massage salon at lunch, to help ease the stress of the school day. But remember stick to shoulder massages with clothes ON! No full body massages, ok?!
Ditch the h mentality. Toly huddle your group ry having in the busie meeting in your sch st places as the lunc ool, such h hall or in the 6th form common room.
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Toilets are a good place to put up encouraging messages, especially the girls toilets. You could put up hearts with messages like “You are beautiful!” If you’re really brave you can put up encouraging messages in the boys toilets like ”Try using the urinal, not the floor and walls!”
Write a newsletter to the 94 loc al churches and let
Make a big banner saying ”Thank God it’s Monday” and hang it at the school entrance. Don’t forget to actually do it on Monday, though.
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them know what you are doing as a group. If you want to do the Bible Project then you could ask if you can collect money towards it in one of their services.
Do a theme week on racism. Invite people from various ethnic backgrounds to come and speak in your school, or even better, get some pupils from your school to do it. You can also bring foods from different countries, play foreign music or get people to dress in national costume. All these things can help show people how interesting different cultures are and that every nation and ethnic group has something to offer.
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Write encouraging messages to all the people in your class, and post them on the notice board. Make sure you don’t miss anyone out though!
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If you’ve got the co n tacts then organis ea debate about Chri stia nity and science w ith someone who’s an expert in the area. P ut during lunch brea it on k an make sure to adve d rtise.
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