Item description for Community-Building Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens (Help (Series: Winona, Minn.).) by Marilyn Kielbasa...
Overview Community-Building Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens contains eighty team-building exercises that help young adolescents build solid, trusting relationships with peers in a nurturing, emotionally safe, and personally challenging atmosphere.
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Studio: Saint Mary's Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.76" Width: 8.36" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.34 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2000
Publisher Saint Mary's Press
Grade Level Middle School
ISBN 0884895718 ISBN13 9780884895718
Availability 0 units.
More About Marilyn Kielbasa
Kielbasa is a development editor at Saint Mary's Press, with over two decades of experience in ministry with young teens. She is an author, editor, and consultant for several courses in the Discovering Program for junior high parish religious education.
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Great Resources for Youth Ministry Teams May 27, 2001
It takes a lot for a book or series to make me say the following: If you want to make the most of your resource budget this year, be sure that you add the "HELP" Series from St. Mary's Press to your library. I am always looking for materials that motivate my volunteer teachers to design their own programs and processes. The HELP ( Heads up, Easy, Low cost, Purposeful) series does just that.
Many volunteers are hesitant to design events because they believe that they don't have enough "ideas." Well, with this new collection they have a brand-new pool from which to draw. For our most recent day long junior high retreat, I loosed on the teachers the books from the series that are currently available: "Family," "Community Building," "Holiday and Seasonal," "Justice and Service" and "Prayer" ideas. I requested that they design a retreat using these resources and any of the other books in our youth ministry library.
An hour later, they had the basic layout of the retreat solely using ideas from the HELP series. Volunteers loved digging through the well documented, easy-reading ideas that gave them the freedom to understand, choose and adapt the activities that would best fit our group and enhance the theme of the retreat.
The HELP book series contains a broad range of activities. They are great filler material for current curriculum or better yet, use them as my teachers did to create your own meetings, classes and retreats. There is plenty of commentary and advice on creating prayer and community in each book.
For those of you who are veterans of youth ministry, you may find that some of the materials, especially in the "Community Building" book, are standard types of activities reset especially for young teens. However I think most volunteers will find fresh projects in this book.
Even the most experienced among us will probably find some surprises as they read along. In the "Prayer" book we found the creative and inexpensive "God Can" prayer which was a fine closing service where we could use all those empty aluminum cans we had collected after lunch at the retreat. And for my older teens I will be using the "Post Card Journals" found in the same book.