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Children’s and Youth Ministry

Rev. Crystal March 5, 2014 0 comments
Children’s and Youth Ministry
I have been involved in Children’s and Youth ministry for several years. I was able to work in Vacation Bible School, work as a kindergarten teacher, work as a Junior High Teacher, and work as a youth leader at my home church. My mentor Rose Dunham helped teach me a lot of skills in children’s ministry, and the importance of caring for children in the church. I also was privileged to work with a team of youth leaders. We had a lot of fun trips to Holiday Youth Convention, Youth Rally’s, and Summer Camps.
A few years ago, I was asked to do a Children’s revival with Pastor and Sister Hohman in Dixon and St. Robert, Missouri. It was an enjoyable time, and one woman received the Holy Ghost the first time we went. I took a team of UGST students, and we planned a children’s revival for the weekend. We also helped with outreach, and helped knock on doors. One of the students coordinated the music, another did a goofy magic show, and another read a storybook. We had a great time. We got to dress up, run around, and act silly in church as we worshiped God. It was incredible to be able to pray with the children, and see God minister to them. Sometimes worship services are geared for adults, and very rarely have anything which interests children. We also worked with the youth, and did a dowel rod skit drama. The second year we did a Children’s revival, my husband and I went along with one other UGST student. The kids really loved “Uncle Normal Joe.” We set up tents, and threw toys all around, and really got the atmosphere going. We did puppet shows, and wow do your arms hurt after you get done with one five minute song. We ran around the aisles, and worshiped God with tambourines and other musical instruments. It was a great time.
When I lived in Lansing, Michigan I remember working with the best youth group. Every Thursday evening we would have a small group and would get together and learn about the Word of God. Once a year we would have a Youth Lock In. I remember the first year; there was little enthusiasm to get involved. I guess I don’t blame anyone, because who would want to stay up all night with a bunch of teenagers drinking mountain dew and goofing around? Me! The first year however, we had fifty attendees. We had nearly twenty-five first time visitors. It was incredible. We played our version of the fear factor and a game called the human skateboard. I would randomly make up games, and sometimes they were fun. We had a rap competition. The next year we brought in a speaker for the rally part of it, and brought in some special music. I think we had nearly 80 people this year. We had all sorts of games, and of course we had Pizza! I miss those days. I’ll never forget the version of Fear Factor that year. I went out and got some boxes, filled them with dirt, and put some creepy worms in them. I didn’t tell anyone what was in the boxes. The challenge was to put your feet in the box with your eyes closed. I’ll never forget the anxiety some of those tall male teenagers who thought they weren’t afraid of anything had. It was cool.

Working in Children’s and youth ministry was a blessing. I learned a lot about myself, and learned a lot about the children and youth I worked with. They taught me a lot about preaching and teaching. After working with the youth for nearly six years, it was hard to leave them when God called me to seminary. I look forward to working with children and youth again as a pastor in the future, and learning how to incorporate more of their style and needs into the corporate worship service. 
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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