Thanksgiving Feature: Five Kernels of Corn
This activity is intended as a prelude to a Thanksgiving dinner for our youth group but it could also be done independent of the dinner.
In order to aid youth to understand the severity of life in the Pilgrim colony, before a Thanksgiving dinner with the youth, have them sit around a decorated table void of food. Then bring out a paper plate for each youth member with five kernels of corn on each. Note that these are not ears of corn but kernels of corn. Youth are then advised that when the Pilgrims arrived from England, life was not easy. Months before the first Thanksgiving feast there had been hardship. Most of their attempts to plant crops had failed. The only success was a New World crop, corn, which the local Native Americans had introduced them to. Nevertheless, only so much corn could be raised and stored and near the end of the winter they were running out.
Historical records indicate that there was a weeklong period in which food was rationed and the adults of the community, except for the pregnant women, had to live on a ration of five kernels of corn per day. It was the only food the community had as it awaited the early crops of the coming spring, which included wild berries, and the game that would return once the vegetation emerged.
Youth are asked to eat the five kernels as if that were their daily allotment of food. Briefly discuss what living like this would be like if this is all people had to eat each day. Then it is time for the prepared dinner. The youth should have a greater appreciation for all that we have in this country after this exercise.
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Jesus took the entire law, 18 thousand words of guidance, and reduced it to just 37 words:
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
Jesus clearly understood what the healing power of love was for a troubled world.
Imaculatte's assessment of Psalms 100 as well as thoughts from John of the USA. Click:
New Passage for Review: The Beatitudes... Matthew 5: 3-12
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We used this as a way of sensitizing our young people to the extraordinary spread of the gospel in the first century A.D.
First I asked this question. We get a phone call from a teenager that says she and a few friends want to start a youth group but they do not know where to start. They heard that we have a successful program in Deer Park and want to hear some of our ideas. How many youth members would be willing to call them? Some members would do so but most preferred a group response.
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Halloween Activities for Christian Youth
Last year our youth received a surprise at the annual Halloween
party. They received, near the end of the night, a list of written,
outrageous rules posted in the front of their meeting place.
They were called the ...
Now there were not 500 rules given but those given were purposely quite unfair. For example one was - if caught talking to a friend, the guilty party must recite the Ten Commandments and add an eleventh, "Thou shalt not talk during youth group announcements." Another was: if you missed church services on Sunday morning, you could not come to youth group that evening. There were about six or seven in all, some particular to the room in which we met.
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We met with our young people to present mission opportunities to them as they are quite interested
in assisting others. When I told them Jesus calls us
to provide two different types of mission they were puzzled. "Isn't mission when we do things to
help the poor?" one student asked. "Of course
it is", I replied. Then we turned to the scriptures.
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The Mysteries of Revelation ... Is it about the future? Is that future in the foreseeable future?
Lesson Five describes a "great and mysterious sight appears. John envisions a woman about to give birth and suddenly a red dragon appears standing in front of the woman.
What he does is truly both bizarre and "mysterious".
John's vision of the dragon and the woman follows his description of the Seven Seals (lesson three) and the Seven Trumpets (lesson four) in our lesson on Revelation, which can be found at:
Lesson Five of "Revelation for Teens" entitled
"The Woman in Childbirth and the Dragon"