I've been a leader in my church's teen youth group for 2 years now.
It has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have been blessed to have in my young life. It has also been one of the hardest; but now I can see just how rewarding it is.
I am so lucky to know these teens who call me friend, who call themselves my little sisters and share their burdens and good news with me.
Every few months we organize a youth service during the regular Sunday service as a way of getting involved with the rest of the church. They like to do skits, and it came upon me to organize the skit part of the service.
One Time Blind. They create content which you can buy and use for your own purposes. I buy my skits from their website and the nice part is they also have videos of them performing the skits so you can see what you're buying before you pay for it. You can show these videos as well.
The skits are written concisely and effectively get their message across. They cover a wide range of topics which are especially applicable to teens, but are moving for adults as well. They range in length from about 3 minutes up to 10 minutes. They are humorous, but poignant as well. The last time we performed a skit, people were chuckling at the appropriate parts until the ending when a few gasps were heard at the revelation. The best part? These kids have seen these skits performed elsewhere and they stand out to them so they're excited to share this with others.
The skits are priced at $10.00 each for an electronic copy (another nice thing- no shipping costs!) but they have a bundle of 3 books with 34 skits total for $50 here. I highly recommend OTB's skits and am hoping to purchase this bundle myself fairly soon!
I recently just bought these Conversation Starters for Teens cards for my personal use as well. I love the questions they have on one side of the card; topics which stem from practical, real life issues to theological questions, to just general interest topics. On the back, they have a Bible verse on the same topic to help generate discussion. These are nice to have for youth workers looking for helpful ways to bring up topics for teens to discuss openly. And right now Dayspring has them on sale for $3.99!
I am always looking for new resources such as these, and I have been so pleased with these two that I thought I would share them. If you know of any others, please share them as well!