National Youth Day
National Youth Day is Sunday, April 27, 2014. This year celebrates the 67th anniversary of what started as National Christ Ambassador's Day on March 9, 1947.
In 1947, it was suggested that pastors bring messages in keeping with the day, have a youth rally during the evening service and take up an offering to support student ministries in your church, district and national offices. Since that day, those requests haven't changed too much.
National Youth Ministries encourages you to use this day to emphasize your students IN ministry while also focusing on at least one of the following connections that catalyze students toward becoming lifelong followers of Jesus Christ:
- Connecting with God - the key to an authentic faith
- Connecting with Family - the key to a "lived-out" faith
- Connecting with the Church - the key to perpetuating faith
- Connecting with Purpose - the key to a meaningful faith
If you would like assistance in planning a Youth Day service for your church, perhaps the sample plan on this website is a good place to start. It includes an order of service and a few creative ways to celebrate student ministry in your church.
In addition you'll find samples giving details regarding a Stockholders fund-raiser. This gives you an opportunity to fund your youth ministry through the year be receiving an offering and pledges (stocks) for the year.
Feel free to adapt any or all the materials to fit your church.
One approach would be to have the Stockholder's Banquet on Saturday, April 20 and then National Youth Day on Sunday, April 21. Special thanks to Pastor Jake out of Butte, MT and Dan Liebe, DYD, for providing the materials for this.
Of course you can celebrate student ministry on any Sunday and/or hold a fundraiser for your youth ministry any time. These are simply ideas.
If your church is looking for a speaker for Stockholder's Banquet and/or National Youth Day, you may want to consider one of the NYM directors. They are experienced student ministries leaders and preachers. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about scheduling.
Sample Order of Service
- Welcome and Prayer - Youth Pastor/Pastor
- Worship - Youth Worship Band
- Testimony â€“ Student(s)
- Welcome Guests/Announcements/Offering - Pastor
- Offertory - Student(s) (song, drama, human video)
- Message - Youth Pastor/Pastor (Illustrated sermon)
- Altar (Prayer for students) - Youth Pastor/Pastor
Use of Drama, music, student testimony, illustrated sermon, group ensemble, spoken word, etc...
- Send invitations to all teen's parents announcing National Youth Sunday and invite them to come and see their teen be a part of the service.
- Have teens learn a song as a part of the offertory, getting every teen on stage.
- Teens serve as greeters and ushers for the Sunday service.
- Have an insert in bulletin with quotes from teens as to what they enjoy most about the youth ministry.
- Make a video to show in service of various teen's rooms, sporting events, at work, etc...
- Have parents and adults lay hands on and pray for teens at end of service.
- Offer family portraits of teen and parent(s) to everyone who attends.
- Have a special meal for parents and teens following service.
- Offer FIRE Starters devotionals to every family in attendance to be given during service as a way to invest in the family. Go to http://youth.ag.org/resources/ to order.
- Honor the youth leader with a special night out for their work with teens.
- Receive an offering for teens to attend summer camp or go on an AIM trip.
- Receive an offering for your District and/or National Youth Ministries.
- Show a video of various youth activities such as camp, retreats, youth meetings, AIM trip, etc...
- Provide a bulletin insert of upcoming youth events through 2013.
- Have a Bible Quiz student quote a chapter from the current book(s).
- If you have an idea or suggestions to make National Youth Day a success, send them to email@example.com.