Youth Ministry While Social Distancing
ARUMC Youth Workers will gather for a zoom call every Thursday at noon to check in with each other and share ideas about doing youth ministry while social distancing. You can join any of the Thursday conversations using this link.
Previous Zoom Calls
Sites that will continue to post new articles, lessons, ideas and reflections
- Youth Worker Collective
- Download Youth Ministry (DYM)
- UM Youth Leaders
- Amplify Media – Reliable Christian content through a Wesleyan lens
- Fuller Youth Institute
- Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church
- Orange Students
Devotionals and Reflections
- Pandemic Hope Devotional
- Devotional on Fear
- A Visual Faith Devotional for All Ages
- Guide for Holy Conversation in Your Family
- Liturgy for Those Flooded by Too Much Information
- thrive (A Mental Health and Faith Resource from Grace Alliance)
- Tools for Tilling – Practicing Spiritual Discipline at Home
- Holy Week: 6 Devotionals Your Youth Can Do at Home
Virtual Activities for Youth
- Examples of At Home Scavenger Hunts:
- Lectio Divina**Scripture-and-Mindfulness-Calendar-April-2020
- Emoji Bible**
- Name That Voice**
- Scripture and Mindfulness Calendar***
- Zoom Trivia Night*
- Netflix Watch Party
- Picture Uno
- Guess Who
- Grilled Cheese Off
- Faith Formation Boredom Buster Bingo
- March Morning Madness
- Instagram Live Trivia Night Youth Group vs. Youth Group
- List of Zoom Youth Group Games
- Another List of Zoom Youth Group Games
Resources for Ministry with High School and College Seniors
- Naming Loss and Gratitude in These Uncertain Days
- Thinking Ahead: Rites of Passage in the COVID-19 Moment
- Caring for Our High School Seniors
Resources for a Virtual Easter
If you have an idea, video, marketing materials, etc. that you would be willing to share with other UMC congregations, pastors, and staff please use this form to submit materials to a shared folder. Access to this shared folder is coming soon.
Streaming Services and Resources****
- Streaming Services:
- Communication & Collaboration Services:
- Facebook Groups: Groups are a place to communicate about shared interests with certain people. You can create a group for anything — your family reunion, your after-work sports team or your book club. Read more here.
- Zoom: Zoom is an online video conferencing app for either one-on-one or group video meetings. There is a free version, but there are limits (a 40-minute max duration). Read more here.
- Google: Google is offering its enterprise version to G Suite and G Suite for Education users, which includes access to advanced Duo & Meet video-conferencing capabilities like meetings for up to 250 participants and live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within the domain. Read more here.
- Microsoft: Microsoft is offering Teams for free. Teams is a collaboration tool with chat, video calling, personal and team file storage, and more. Read more here.
- Slack: Slack is a collaboration app with a free version, but they also offer webinars and one-on-one consultations to help you navigate your own transition to a remote workforce. Read more here.
- GroupMe: Think group texting but with access beyond a cell phone. GroupMe offers both browser and cellular technology for group messaging. This is a great tool for youth groups! Read more here.
- Trello: Trello is a free production management tool that you can use for communication and tracking different conversations and/or projects. Trello’s simple and flexible design lets your team collaborate and organize everything (literally, everything—from the day-to-day operations of your business to your next family vacation). Read more here.
- COVID-19: 100 Ideas for Ministers and Ministry Leaders
- Mental Health Resources***
- Ways Youth Can Support Their Local Church*****
- Things WE Can Do (Chuck Knows Church Short Videos)
- Conversation Starters for Families
* Thanks to Virginia Brown for this resource.
** Thanks to the Western North Carolina Conference for this resource.
*** Thanks for Amy Shores, Director of Pastoral at Methodist Family Health for this resource.
**** Thanks to the North Alabama Conference for compiling this list.
***** Thanks to the Central Texas Conference for this resource.