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Unique Inspirational Father's Day Gift:

The Gift of Vision for a More Caring World 

 Discovering Jesus in the Chest of Visions 

Secrets of the future revealed

 "The Chest of Visions is exciting, innovative and really creative ... combines a story, a message, a life and a lesson together."

Onlinebookclub ... March 6, 2019

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

“Mattpaul is an example of love, selflessness, and forgiveness, a great tool for youth leaders!  Pastor Diane Dunne

“ a unique, uplifting, spiritual journey of faith as seen by two youths , a remarkable book”  Laurie Reis


“A fascinating new take on an ancient tale … highly recommended, a new perspective on Christian ideas.” Frank T,

“I truly feel that this book can help a young person explore and discover their faith.”  Sumac

“a creative approach for equipping Christian take the gospel message to their peers.”  Richard Blake

“an exciting, spiritual read that delves into the tough questions about faith.”  Liz F.

The bravery, honesty, love and humility of some characters in the book are worthy of emulation…” Onlinebookclub ...  November 2018

The Chest of Visions “is a way to plant the seeds of Christianity. I definitely recommend this book to all grandparents, parents, teens and youth groups.”       Sandra Stiles, Goodreads

“If read in its entirety, and considered prayerfully, "Chest of Visions" should be acknowledged as a significant step forward in Youth Group Study Guides.”    Lee Ashford, Readers Favorite

For more Reviews and purchase, click:

The Chest of Visions ... new edition plus  53% reduction due to Self publishing

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Brian's Gift

They say in the darkest of times unlikely heroes emerge. The call came. Brian, who was called back to work to bring the staff back on board, was himself deemed non-essential. Back on furlough he truly wanted to be at work to support his staff working without pay.

Read what Brian did at: Brian's Special Gift

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.     More information>>

May 3, 2019

Imagine if there was a day and an hour set aside for all people to pray. Pray to whichever God you believe in. If atheist or agnostic, take the same hour to meditate. Just take an hour, a half hour or five minutes off during that hour of prayer to be quiet and ask for...

May 2, 2019

We live in a time that conflict is everywhere. Some are focused on the present. Other's on the world's future needs and some trying to do both. What do YOU think is the most significant change needed in the world? We have our suggestion but let's hear yours first.


January 16, 2019

We are all trying to share our experiences by writing and we live in a world where Christian values need to be shared. You have past memories, experiences or ideas to share and your future is to write a book.

I have published two books through Xulon Press. They did a go...

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because the message of the skit "When We Pray" is important 365 days every year not just on Easter!

   This month's featured activity ... why continue Easter  story?

I can't help reliving the end of our Good Friday Service ... we sang "Were you there ... when they crucified my Lord... were you there". The excitement of Easter was coming but we began our Easter Dawn service with a reminder that Good Friday was on the minds of the women who came to the tomb. Below is the skit from that service ...

Ranget: I see so many people out on the streets and it is mid afternoon. Is today a holiday?

Joshua: No, my friend, today is not a holiday. It is crucifixion day. Look... over that building at the top of the hill. See the three crosses...

Read the full skit at:      


  When We Pray

 On the cross Jesus humbly calls out, "Father. forgive them for they do not know what they do.". A world leader today demands that a blameless person "knee down in front of me and beg for my forgiveness". Think about it.

What the world truly needs now is ...

Can we, God's people, initiate it?


Most positively rated activity on this website ...




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

Do you want your youth to pray comfortably?

Would you like them to pray with you?





The Mysteries of Revelation ... Is it about the future? Is that future in the foreseeable future?

Lesson Four describes the

Frightening Events of the Seven


and follows the description of

the Seven Seals

at the top of the page.  Both

lessons are found at: 


Click: Revelation Study

Coming Soon - Lesson Five of "Revelation for Teens" entitled

"The Woman in Childbirth and the Dragon"

Youth Leader Guide

Unique Reference Guide offers several Easter skits  as well as topics such as faith, justice and love. Read the reviews: Not the Same Old, Done-it Before Youth Meetings

Christian Youth Meeting Activities

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.

More free activity ideas


The most important ten verses of scripture

for these troubled times:

Matthew 25: 31-40

  See Jesus' Last Word below click: 

New Year's Resolutions activity

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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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         

  Not the Same Old Done-it-before Youth Meetings is a God-send!! You have laid out in an organized and easy-to-read fashion so many wonderful ideas and activity plans that we will never again feel uncomfortable when getting ready for our next Christian Youth Group meeting. I am new to the role of Youth Group leader and your book gives me confidence that we can indeed succeed with God's help.

Setting the Pace for Christian Youth

Not the Same Old, Done-it-before Youth Meetings

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Recent Review 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.”

      Three Missions for Youth

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.

Read our mission activity for youth groups at: 

Three Missions


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 …  March 2019

Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang 

Make 500 sandwiches for the homeless

Friday, April 12th at 7:00 PM

Both events at: Community Presbyterian Church

Deer Park, NY 631-242-2582

Community Dessert and Discussion Night 

Friday, April 5th at 7:00 PM

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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.



"Imagination is more important than knowledge.


Knowledge is limited. Imagination

encircles the world."

    Who said this? 


Please see our activities page including:

Ha Ha

Cross the Line 

Bombs Away

Catskills Ski Trip

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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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