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New Christian Youth Activity: Fruits of the Spirit

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Take the Valentines Quiz


learn the difference between Agape, Eros and Philio Love

Click: Valentines Love Study

 The Chest of Visions is a

"Brilliantly written piece of sci-fi...

The characters blend in perfectly.

The concept of duo-universe conversation

adds to the excitement of the book. 

Onlinebookclub ...February 23, 2019

The beginning of a new year is a good time to assess our faith and where it is leading us. Then to take the big step - act and commit to change.

Click  Act and Commit ... an exercise for adults and older youth

“a beautiful story in very simple words. It is a rare book, with a well thought out storyline, that presented the truth in its simplest form.”   C-obi, ... July 16, 2019

"Is Tim Ferguson light years ahead of his time and could this story be brought to life one day? Tim has done a fantastic job seemlessly weaving two parallel worlds together.  
Sophie ... July 20, 2019

"exciting, innovative and really creative as he combines a story, a message, a life and a lesson together” . Onlinebookclub review, March 6, 2019

Can you imagine receiving e-mails from a different planet? Welcome to "The Chest of Visions" by Tim Ferguson where e-mail messages are shared between youth on Earth and a young man, Mattpaul, residing in the parallel universe's world of Caperston.

Mattpaul lives in a world where there is no concept of the existence of a God, a Caring Creator. As a result, although his world has order, it does not have justice. There are Mountain People, who for generations have been deemed inferior by their neighboring Valley People.

Mattpaul meets a prophet, who brings the concept of an "unseen ruler" to Caperston, who can be perceived via a new activity- prayer. The prophet also calls out for equality amidst the Mountain and Valley People.

The actual chest of visions provides hope for Caperston's future. Will Mattpaul and his friends cling to this hope? Will the division between the Mountain people and the Valley people be broken down?

How will earth youth grow spiritually from their correspondence with Caperston youth? A vision of heaven helps answer one of the books perplexing questions, "Why do bad things happen to good people?"

A Resolution for all in 2020


Matthew 7:1-5 ..."Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

The Rich Young Ruler: 

Christian youth lesson that asks the question how to react to the command of Jesus to give everything that you own to the poor, then follow we are ready to follow Him.

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Free Christian Youth Meeting Activities

Is your youth program in the past or in the future? 

Nine lessons that remember the past, while examining  the future, in a Christian Sci-fi "brilliantly written piece".


Recent review below...

More reviews at: The Chest of Visions

The book is a short read but it's contents are powerful and the message in the book is universal.  Jake Santiago, April 9, 2019

Interested in the book that is "Light years ahead  with Christian youth lessons?

Click: The Chest of Visions for more information

he began. “My wife and I live in Brooklyn and we left our home at 8:00 o’clock looking for a church, any church, who would be meeting to worship this evening. We have traveled over 75 miles in our search.

Read the story of a journey of faith and determination and how it affected a 14 year old boy.  Click: New Year's Journey

Revelation Lesson Six:

Two Beasts Emerge

There just seems to be no ending to the story. Seven seals and seven trumpets are revealed, placing the earth at great peril. Martyrs call out for God’s justice. God sends two holy witnesses to once again call people to Him. Then the dragon appears. His attempt to murder the chosen one (or ones) of God is thwarted. A war breaks out in heaven ...

Click: Revelation Lesson Six

for full lesson

Nothing, to me, is more concerning than our children stating that they anticipate that the world may be on the brink of war.

Please click:


Do you want your youth to pray comfortably?

Would you like them to pray with you?



Trust and Prayer Activity 

Ask youth to sit "Indian style" in a circle. Have some small candles available that can be held, one for each youth. Read the requests for change that have been recorded. Now advise youth that we will pray for these as follows...

Read the full activity at:

Trust and Prayer

Start your night off with:

The Three Pens Game ... it's fun and it teaches  an important lesson

Ideas including The Three Pens Game, The Time Machine and ...

There are over 25 activities for Christian youth on our activities page including favorites like Trust and Prayer. Find all activities at Activities for Youth

Christian Icebreaker Activity:

Ha Ha

 Youth stand in a circle. One youth is designated to begin. He or she turns to the next youth and states "ha" while staring into their eyes. There are no restrictions. Ha can be stated loudly, softly, drawn out, sung, anyway the speaker feels he can induce

laughter in the listener.

The Hope Page: "At times of a world divided as exists today, hope seems far away. It is good to take time to truly think how much better we would be if we all worked together. The below parable says it very well. "The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow..."
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Youth Leader Guide

offers tried and true  icebreakers, and activities on topics such as faith, justice and love. Presents activities that are fun, develop friendships and teach Christian faith. Read the reviews: Not the Same Old, Done-it Before Youth Meetings

Recent Review  of

Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings received on Amazon.com:


Excellent Ideas 5.0 out of 5 stars

January 7, 2018 Review on Amazon.com


“Excellent and unique ideas

I would recommend this to any Christian youth group.”

Her journey began in 1968 when she took in the first of three Down's Syndrome infants. The second of the three just passed away, after being cared for over 51 years.


Fruits of the Spirit Youth Activity

Christian Youth Group Activity: The Fruits of the Spirit

"But the Spirit produces love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. There is no law against such things as these."

For  Details click: Fruits of the Spirit

Do unto others ... 

 ... she asked how much she owed him for his help. Bryan smiled. He said: "If you really want to pay me back, the next time you see someone, who needs help, give that person the needed assistance. And think of me".

For the full story click:

The Flat Tire

Youth Leader Guide

Unique Reference Guide offers tried and true  icebreakers, and activities on topics such as faith, justice and love. Read the reviews: Not the Same Old, Done-it Before Youth Meetings

More free activity ideas


   Gun Control ... the Pros and Cons from a Christian point of view

In 2017, for the first time, the rate of firearm deaths

exceeded the death rate by motor vehicle accidents

Apostle Paul: "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others." 

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"I believe this book can bring great changes to the world!"

My name is Laila Hashem. Recently, I have read your book 'The Chest of Visions' and I was incredibly inspired by it. I would like to thank you profusely for demonstrating the word of God in such an immaculate way. I believe this book can bring great changes to the world  and I would like to purchase a few copies for the youth groups in churches that I visit in the Middle East. The Christian community here faces a lot of underlying persecution, and many of the children have been bullied, especially because of the recent revolutions that took place in Egypt. I believe your book can do wonders for many of the children and adolescents who are suffering because of their faith or struggling with it.

Sent  July 14, 2019

Read the story ...  click ...  What we agree upon

Africa - like no place you have ever been

Read our adventure in the wilderness of Botswana and the three things we learned about God's creation ... as close to a modern day Garden of Eden as I will ever be!

Click: We Came to Botswana, Africa and left Inspired

So Many Reviews - just one more to share

New Review from Onlinebook club received October 2018

The Chest of Visions by Tim Ferguson is an amazing book .This book consists of an exchange of conversation between Mattpaul and people on the earth. Mattpaul is from another planet and has no idea about God or the Bible.

The thing that I liked the most about this book was

that the lessons which the author wants us to learn

are very important… The author wants us to realize

that nothing happens randomly.

 I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The reason for this

rating is that the impact that this book leaves upon

you is not a usual one. It makes you think differently

about how you have been perceiving things.  

To read the entire review click: New Year New Ideas         


Ask each youth member to pick a favorite character that they think will win.

Place each character on the first construction paper in the row of six or seven pieces.

Place names of characters in a hat and pull them out one at a time. Move the character forward when its name is called. Do not return the name to the hat.... Read further instructions at: The Great Race

The Lesson:

After the event read Paul's advice about "The Race" found in Hebrews 12:1-2. Discuss the important race that is set before us, that we run with patience with our eyes fixed on Jesus. Ask youth if they were as enthusiastic about this race to follow Jesus' lead as they were rooting for their favorites earlier, what growth they would find in their walk with God.

The Great Race

UPCOMING … January 2020

Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang 

Make 500 sandwiches for the homeless

Friday, February 21st at 7:00 PM

 Community Presbyterian Church

Deer Park, NY 631-242-2582

Dessert and Discussion Night

Friday, February 7, 2020


Valentines and Love



"Imagination is more important than knowledge.


Knowledge is limited. Imagination

encircles the world."

    Who said this? 

The Lord will reply, "Whenever you did these kind acts for one of the least important of these brothers or sisters, you did it for me." 

Matthew 25:40

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More  Activity ideas for Youth

Thirty Four color drawings covering thirteen events including: the martyrdom, the prison break, the trial and the ultimate appearance of Mattpaul.




Please see our activities page including:

Ha Ha

Cross the Line 

Bombs Away

Catskills Ski Trip



Tim Ferguson

30 Fairlawn Drive,

Deer Park, NY 11729


Not the Same Old Done-it-before Christian Youth Meetings is a site which shares Christian youth ministry lessons that are both fun and faith-based. 


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My name is Tim Ferguson and my Christian Youth Ministry began as a high school student at a Baptist Church in Port Jefferson, N.Y. Our adult leader often looked to me for ideas and even let me run a few meetings.

After returning from college in 1969 two local churches, one Presbyterian and one Methodist, joined together in a local coffeehouse ministry. Before I knew it, I was left in charge. It was a volatile time. The group had its share of Vietnam Veterans as well as protestors of that war. Everyone, it seemed, played acoustic guitar. People liked to philosophize about faith but involvement in the actual church was lessoning. In the midst of this, events like "Olympics", and "flashlight sing" evolved. These events were still used forty years later.

In 1973 it became apparent that it was time for me to move on. It was difficult. Though I had a job at a local insurance company, my work at the coffeehouse was my real mission in life. It took a good friend's heart to heart conversation with me to solidify my conviction that there truly was a new life ahead. I prayed about it and decided to leave it in God's hands - I would take the first affordable apartment anywhere within an hour's drive of my place of business.

In May 1973 that "anywhere" became an unknown town in central Long Island, N.Y. by the name of North Babylon. Bordering to its north was the village of Deer Park. To my amazement the very first Sunday I attended the Deer Park Presbyterian Church a church elder announced that he wanted the church to support a new local coffeehouse. God had called me to leave one coffeehouse ministry behind and immediately gave me a new one in my new home. To this day I still marvel at how God calls us to our missions.

The Deer Park Coffeehouse was, in actuality, a post high school youth gathering and ran weekly for eleven event-filled years. In many ways a mission project, the group became a family of friends that still exists to this day. Several individuals from the group were introduced to our church through the coffeehouse. During these years I became a parent, started teaching a seventh grade Sunday school class and was elected to the church board of elders. Soon after the Cub Scouts of America called and seven years of den leadership became my new calling.

However, God was not yet through with me in terms of this church's youth work. The church asked for a new senior/junior high leader and I, at the time with fifth and eight grade sons, stepped forward on Easter Sunday 1994. As blessed as the previous programs were, this one was especially blessed


We were blessed by youth who cared and who wanted to make a difference. Many have made testimonials under the "Youth Speak Out" page on this website. They made a name for themselves by serving seventy-five homeless people on the lower east side of N.Y. City outdoors during a blizzard in January 2005. They embraced the Thirty Hour Famine for seventeen years and for several years brought other Christian youth groups into this program by inviting them to join us. I am particularly blessed that several of the children of the original Deer Park coffeehouse members attended our youth group even though the families were active in other local churches.. It was so much fun to see Steven E. do well at Olympic events at which his father Joe E. excelled in the late 1970's


In the Fall of 2014 the youth group ended as there were no longer Junior and Senior High School students active in the church. It was a good twenty year run and I have been pleased to continue my Christian youth work via this website. People from around the world continue to share how they use the many activities available through various pages on the website.

I have been blessed by the support of my wife, LInda, during these years of youth work. I also thank the efforts of Coffeehouse members from the past who, as adults, have lended their assistance to the youth program.

I received the honor of a television interview with a New York television station on August 19, 2017, an opportunity to share the challenges youth ministry has brought to me.

Tim Ferguson,30 Fairlawn Drive, 
Deer Park, New York 11729
Phone - 631-242-2582 
Email - timferguson@lessonsforchristianyouth.com

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