Heads-up, Easy, Low-Cost, Purposeful
Our HELP (Heads-up, Easy, Low-Cost, Purposeful) series complements your Catholic youth ministry program by forging positive relationships between young teens, their families and their communities.
The seven-book series includes more than 200 field-tested ideas for activities and retreats that catechists, teachers, youth ministers, and other adult leaders can use to help young Catholic teens grow in faith.
Give your teens the opportunity to learn about themselves, serve their communities, and communicate with God.
Family Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens is a collection of 22 strategies that focus on family life and parent-teen relationships. The collection includes ideas for prayer, service, communication, sharing faith, and having fun. The strategies are grouped into three categories: strategies for gatherings of families, strategies for individual families at home, and strategies for young teens in peer-group settings.
Holiday and Seasonal Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens is a collection of 27 strategies to help young adolescents mark significant times in the liturgical and secular calendars. The collection includes prayer ideas, service projects, social and learning activities, and outreach strategies.
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.
Prayer Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens is a collection of 20 prayer and services ideas to help young people communicate with God in a way that respects their physical and emotional development and their unique spirituality. The collection includes ideas for active and reflective prayer, short prayers and longer prayer services, and prayers that are self-focused as well as prayers that challenge young teens to draw on the power of prayer to serve the world. All of the prayer strategies are rooted in the Scriptures as well as in the Tradition of the Church.
Community-Building Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens contains 80 team-building exercises that help young adolescents build solid, trusting relationships with peers in a nurturing, emotionally safe, and personally challenging atmosphere.
Retreat Ideas for Ministry with Young Teens is a collection of two overnight retreats and four one-day retreats. The themes of the overnight retreats are self-esteem and being true to oneself. The themes of the other four retreats are Confirmation, discipleship, the Triduum, and leadership development. These six field-tested retreats were developed by professional youth ministers from around the country: Lisa-Marie Calderone-Stewart, Carole Goodwin, Joseph Grant, Maryann Hakowski, and Ruthie Nonnenkamp.