Justice and Service Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens
By Joseph Grant
Justice and Service Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens is a collection of 21 strategies for short- and long-term service projects, outreach activities, learning exercises, and discussion-starters, all aimed at helping young teens understand the social impact of our culture and make a difference in their world. The strategies continually challenge the young people to live out the Gospel mandate and the Church's call to serve others and build a just society, one person at a time.
Copyright: Jan. 1, 2000
Size: 8.312 x 10.75
Length: 112 pages
what people are saying about Justice and Service Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens
Review by Mary Lee Becker, consultant, trainer, and author, Fraser, Michigan
Most of you know me from my work with the Center, but I am also involved in a full-time ministry to seventh- to twelfth-grade teens. I am always looking for materials that motivate my volunteer teachers to design their own programs and processes. The HELP (Heads up, Easy, Low cost, Purposeful) series does just that.
Many volunteers are hesitant to design events because they believe that they don't have enough ideas. Well, with this new collection they have a brand-new pool from which to draw. For our most recent day-long junior high retreat, I loosed on the teachers the books from the series that were available: "Family," "Community Building," "Holiday and Seasonal," "Justice and Service" and "Prayer" ideas. I requested that they design a retreat using these resources and any of the other books in our youth ministry library. An hour later, they had the basic layout of the retreat, solely using ideas from the HELP series. Volunteers loved digging through the well-documented, easy-reading ideas that gave them the freedom to understand, choose and adapt the activities that would best fit our group and enhance the theme of the retreat.
The HELP book series contains a broad range of activities. They are great filler material for a current curriculum or, better yet, use them as my teachers did to create your own meetings, classes and retreats. There is plenty of commentary and advice on creating prayer and community in each book.
For those of you who are veterans of youth ministry, you may find that some of the materials, especially in the "Community Building" book, are standard types of activities reset especially for young teens. However, I think most volunteers will find fresh projects in this book. Even the most experienced among us will probably find some surprises as they dive into these books. In the "Prayer" book our teachers found the creative and inexpensive "God Can" prayer, which was a fine closing service. What a great use for all those empty aluminum cans we had collected after lunch at the retreat. And for my older teens I will be using the "Post Card Journals" found in the same book.
The series is a fine investment.
Review by Sean Buvala, Center for Creative Ministry
reviews of Justice and Service Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens
Archdiocese of Milwaukee Early Adolescent Alternative Models Project Newsletter, September-October 2000
"Never judge a book by its cover!" There seems to be just one overall complaint for the series—the dull colors of the cover and layout are not eye-catching. But according to the four youth ministers who carefully looked them over, we shouldn't let that stop us from discovering the value in these wonderful books!
The books are laid out with 20 or more strategies. Each strategy gives you: (1) a suggested time it takes; (2) group size; (3) special considerations—if there are any; (4) materials needed; (5) procedure; (6) alternative approaches; (7) scriptural connections; (8) notes—a place where you can jot your own notes. And naturally, "Ownership of the book includes permission to duplicate any part of it for use with program participants."
Here are the main comments of our reviewers on the four volumes now available:
Reviewed by Bob Nolan of St. Joe's in Grafton.
Justice and Service Ideas
Reviewed by Bob Steckbauer of St. John's in South Milwaukee.
Reviewed by Shelly Schwingle of St. Matthew's in Oak Creek.
Holiday and Seasonal Ideas
Reviewed by Carol Fischer of St. Alphonsus in Greendale.