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Three Pens Game. In this game, the leader sits behind a table,
which is bare except for three pens. The pens are randomly
set in a design by the youth leader. The youth leader rests one
or two hands on the table alongside the three arranged pens.
When doing this, one or more fingers are clearly pointed
on the table in sight of all observers. The group is asked to
determine what number is represented on the table.
It usually takes several attempts for at least one or two youth
to discover the solution, which is determined by the number
of fingers pointing on the table and not by the arrangement
of the pens. The leader must take time before each guess to
rearrange the pens carefully to leave the impression that he
or she is diligently trying to get the formation of pens just
right. The leader should alternate displays of fingers, using
one or two hands with a varying number of fingers pointing
after each rearrangement of the pens. The longer it takes for
everyone to guess how to solve the riddle, the more fun it
is, especially for the youth who have already figured out
the answer and who usually cannot contain their disbelief
that everyone does not get it. Make sure everyone "gets it"
some time, even if you have to pound two hands with five
extended fingers on the table and call out "ten" for those who
continue to struggle.
As simple as this game appears, it has a very important
message for the youth group year. Remind youth that the correct
answer is obtained when they look at the entire table, the "whole
picture," not just the obvious (the pens). Similarly, when we
study things of faith, we need to look at them from various
segments of Scripture. Paul's views of faith and those of James
are different, yet the understanding of each gives us a more
complete knowledge of how our faith helps us move forward in
all the tasks of our lives.
See more reviews of Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings, 360 pages of activities like the Three Pens Game.Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meeting (the book)
I have finally got the book - on March 20, 2009 and I now (April 2009) wish to share my review ...
The Book: "Not the same old, Done - it - before Youth Meetings", is a super tool that helps me work out and cover all aspects of a youth leader's
vision with planning and preparing. The book intertwines itself with the expected success of the leader and group.
Youth are now living in the time of persistent unrest. They fear and their faces and moods are harder, when compared to that of youth 50 years back. With the type of games in this book - like the Stone - Face - Champion game (aka Ha Ha), we can let them (youth) know it is nice to laugh - to loosen up their soul.
For laughter is like a medicine and it tickles our very souls.
This book inspires a youth leader to tirelessly continue fulfilling God's PURPOSE in his/her life - He/she begin to enjoy doing that which God had wanted you do.
This book shows through its many pages that youth can get the highest quantities of fun, pleasure and good times, plus answers to their numerous questions, such as: who actually they are, while being involved in Christian youth activities. They (youth) can do it - just faith, fun, and friends plus we (leaders) who they need to guide them.
This Easter I used the skit: "The look of love in His eyes"
(pages 297-302). That was glorious as everyone in the Church shared tears except for small few.
Whenever I look at that book you sent me I got filled with more inspirations.
Mr. Ferguson, I am overjoyed to receive your wonderful book -filled with joy at a level wherein words can't express.
I just want to say: Thanks a million times. You are fuel that is now set to propel me and my actions concerning my ministry.
Let us remain in His service and may God continue blessing you.
In His Vineyard,
Horatius, Liberia, West Africa
Review of the Book, "Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings". My name is Robin Daud from Rawalpindi, Pakistan. I am the founder and chairman of one of the leading youth groups in Pakistan, named the Christian Youth Development Organization (CYDO).
The book, "Not the Same old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings" is an exciting, practical, knowledgeable and well composed book that, despite its length (360 pages) I took only ten days to thoroughly study it.
Elements of Excitement: The reader can feel excited by studying chapters like Flashlight Sing, Olympics, Valentine's - Day of Love and Youth Meeting Place. The reader is involved to substantial extent, for example, I reacted enthusiastically to the competition of flashlight singing in which the youth group is divided into teams and each team has to sing a song and so on.
Elements of Practicality: Through this book young people can be encouraged that the Holy Bible is an effective source of hope and redress for young people, e.g. in the lesson "Prayer" the starting verse of the chapter, "And being in agony of mind, he prayed and more earnestly and intently" (Luke 22:44). There are helpful references given alongside it about the Prodigal Son and about the crippled man, etc.
In addition chapters 24-26 entitled "Who do you say I am?", "Where can I find you God?" and "What would you have me do?" ... these chapters, along with the evidences and references are marvelous about the practical aspects of the Lord.
Elements of Knowledge: Apart from excitement and practicality this book is elaborated with knowledge, for instance, chapters like "Study of Angels for teens". In addition the "Lets Ask God" chapter gives techniques to share knowledge and something new for young people.
I would conclude by appreciating great effort from Tim Ferguson and recommend that this book is fruitful especially for youth leaders and workers. I pray that his untiring efforts for the last so many years may bring fruit.
My name is Mary Ellen and I am a Clown for Christ, among other things
In reading your website, listening to your radio interview and reading your book (over the past several months) I have come to feel so blessed to have known you these 33 years, and in being a part of your life and research (though we didn't know it at the time). Your book demonstrates the growth that comes faith. Praise God that he will never let any of us stay stagnant if we but listen and obey.
Your book is a great asset for me as a Professional Clown who has been Commissioned to Spread the Word in Greasepaint. You can know with certainty that I will be using many of the games, etc. as Smiley the Clown plays the Holy Fool for Christ!
My name is Victor. I am living in Kigali / Rwanda / central Africa.
I am a Christian youth leader and Secondary School fellowship leader in our country
during 7 years, nowadays: One among Church Leader and one among association
against poverty leader.
In this interesting book, I learned a lot of things from it. As a young man, a youth leader, I so helped myself whereby I'm going to help my fellow Christians using this book. In the book I'm glad of it because I grew spiritual from the strong topics which I went through. I especially liked how you can use youth, grouped together, to go deeply into any topic and learn from them by using games/ life experiences.
I learned about Thanksgiving, how vertically I got a reason to thank God. The teaching from 2 Peter 1:5-78 about needed qualities and how God expects those who are filled with His Spirit to use those qualities (Matthew 26) were some of the most meaningful lessons and activities in the book.
Lastly when I went through the Angels Teen Lesson, I came to understand the meaning of angels and about modern day angels. I appreciate you supporting my ministry by sharing these hidden, richest teachings and I promise to help my fellow youth to know God, where we can find Him and ways we can listen to His still, small voice. Let me thank you for this precious book and may God bless you much.
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was to write the book for Christian teens I wanted to have when I started Christian Youth Programs over thirty
Community Presbyterian Church, Deer Park, NY
TO LEARN MORE WAYS TO MEET YOUR GROUP'S UNIQUE NEEDS ... ALL WHILE HAVING
FUN ... HELPING CHRISTIAN TEENS MAKE NEW CHRISTIAN FRIENDS ... AND TEACHING
LESSONS THAT ENHANCE THE FAITH OF YOUTH AND YOUTH LEADERS TOGETHER.
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in this project.
June 11, 2007
LIVE TALK SHOW INTERVIEW ON
"CHRISTIAN YOUTH MEETINGS"
Larry Winkler, WOCA Radio, Ocala, Florida
When I read this book. I realized this is really, really, well done. You
can tell by his exuberance, his enthusiasm, that he has been a real blessing
to the youth he has worked with for over thirty years... Tim, what does
a young person get from a youth meeting?"
"We want to challenge them to move forward in their faith and to learn
how to apply that faith."
Do you go on field trips ...
I mentioned the regular one that we do a couple of times a year, into New York City working with a soup kitchen ... we've gotten a name for ourselves: we committed ourselves to do a certain Saturday afternoon in (January) 2005 and committed about four months before, realizing it might be cold ... we did not know ... we'd be serving them in the middle of a blizzard and this is an outdoor soup kitchen and there literally were fifty people standing in line in the middle of that blizzard waiting for us.
Well, Tim ... did you ever have a "hard nut to crack"
Let me share a story that did happen ... a thirteen year old boy who refused to talk to anybody, social workers, teachers, anybody... His mother said, "Good luck to you" and we talked a little and (she said) he doesn't want to come out and talk... I said, "I'm going to talk to him anyhow". She said, "Go right in there that's his room.... his room was filled with garbage, two feet high, just junk, by garbage I mean litter,... beds, pillows, sheets, all over the place, papers, chairs upside down ... I saw a little movement underneath the garbage ... I came here to talk to you ... I know you don't want to talk to me, so let me just talk to you and I started telling him about the things I do with youth... I said,"I'll see you next week" ... I came back next week and he was sitting in the living room ready to talk to me.
Your book allows others to tap into your expeience ... it's almost like a recipe book...
You want to do something about sports... well I've got two or three places where I've done scriptural things about sports, forinstance, Jacob's wrestling match with God.You've got a bunch of kids that are into wrestling that's on t.v.; and say, "You know, that's not the first time we have wrestling; we have it in Genesis" and Jacob's wrestling match (with God) is both a physical and spiritual experience. It gives you a nice lead into things of faith.
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