Category: Associate/Youth Pastor’s Wife
How to Feed a Pack of Ravenous Teenagers
- This is not the time to think gourmet: I’m no great chef or gourmet cook, but I do enjoy trying new and interesting things I’ve seen in magazines or on the Food Network. However, it has been my experience both financially and practically with the kids’ taste preferences, that teens are much more satisfied with something simple and familiar. I’ve had times where I’ve tried new things with the kids and it usually doesn’t go over very well. When spending this kind of money and time I suggest pleasing the crowd. Save your special recipes for smaller groups of adults who can appreciate both the work and the ingredients. If you simply must experiment here, perhaps do it with dessert.
- Pizza Numbers: Along with number 3 above, we usually assign 3 people per large pizza when counting heads. This number seems to always serve us well when ordering for a crowd. We usually order from Pizza Hut or Dominos. Dominos gives a better deal in general, but when our church built a new building we found it more convenient to drive to Pizza Hut. We’ve struck a deal with them to get a discount since we usually make a large order at least once per month. Usually managers will work some kind of deal with you if you order at least 12 pizzas or more.
- Set out only some of the pop: Teenagers like pop. They like it to flow freely and with abundance. Therefore, I’ve learned that even though I try to buy more than enough, I only set out a few 2 liters at a time. Otherwise they will open every single bottle and you’ll be left with partial 2 liters that you have to give away. Instead, set out an appropriate amount and put out more if they seem extra thirsty or ask for more. This way you can save unused bottles for future activities. Speaking of pop, buy the name brand kind. The idea is to be careful with money, but not to make the teens feel unworthy either.
- Charge for the food: This may seem obvious, but let the teens offset the costs here. Sometimes we do splurge and make it a free night. However, charging $5.00 is not too much to ask when they’re getting a meal. Assign a youth worker or adult to take up the money in an envelope. Our church does allow fundraisers for our kids. With this money we set them up with an account that they can pull from for large activities like camps and youth retreats or even small activities too. This helps the parents from having to fork it over every weekend. I know some churches aren’t comfortable with this, so handle it however, your pastor would allow.
- Let the kids help: Recently we have a young lady in our youth department who loves to bake. She seems to want to pursue this passion and has shown some good ability too. Just last night she made All-Star cupcakes to go with our group theme. They were simply beautiful with white chocolate stars poking up out of the beautifully piped frosting. If you have someone with ability like this and the energy and desire to use it, let them. It helps you and encourages them.
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Then, another peaker last week. A girl approached me after our Wednesday night program. She wanted to talk and I wasn’t about to turn her away. She comes from a divorced home and lives with her dad and step mom. I have to give a little history here. Her step mom was actually in our youth department. When she met her husband, we knew it was not a right choice for her. He was not saved and seemed against the idea of ever being so. Sure enough they married anyway, and when she came out of her rebellion and back to the Lord, it caused trouble. She’s struggled patiently for years over this, knowing that she did wrong to begin with. However, God has blessed her patience and testimony. Over the course of the past year her husband started coming to church. He did this mainly to try to bring some peace to the house between his daughter and wife. Well, guess what happened…yep….he got saved! He now is one of our helpers in children’s church! Faithless me never thought I’d see the day. I cried and cheered the day he was baptized.
Teaching the Ladies Sunday School Class