I know, I know. You are busy wrapping up this youth group season and there’s still plenty you have to get done. And yet it’s still an appropriate time to begin planning for your summer season. You may not have weekly meetings during the summer, but hopefully you are finding opportunities to keep the youth group community together.
I often suggest youth leader networks and if you are in one, this is a wonderful topic for the group. How are others planning for the summer and what activities are they organizing? Often the summer includes service trips or amusement park adventures. These are great ways to keep community in your youth group. In most cases, however, not every student can attend these kinds of events. So what are you doing for those who won’t go on serve and can’t make it to an all-day activity? You might want to consider some summer concerts. Again, you won’t get everyone attending, but you will get many to join you. You may want to meet students for coffee. This works well in reconnecting with a smaller number of students. If you can organize a time to worship together, you’ll also get some students to join that are busy on other nights of the week.
I realize you need to take some time in the summer to hang out with your family and refocus. That’s all good stuff. You also have a momentum right now with your youth group and I would suggest you don’t want to see that end over the summer.
What ideas to you have for keeping the youth ministry moving in the summer?