Every youth group is unique, and sifting through activities to find something that works for your group each week can be exhausting.

Crossroads: The Candle of Prophecy/Hope

by Jessica Asbell

Welcome to the first week of Advent! Advent is a time of preparation, when we wait and prepare for the Christ child. Each week you will light a new candle as we recognize the things that Christ brings to this world.


Formations 12.06.2015: The Cost of Poverty

by Darrell Pursiful

About forty workshop participants recently learned valuable lessons about the realities of poverty by taking part in a simulation called The Cost of Poverty (or COPE). In the simulation, participants are matched together at random and given roles based on real-life poverty scenarios.


A View from the Pew: 7 Reasons I’m Thankful for My Church

by Lance Wallace

Though retailers would rather this time of year be known as “Christmas Shopping Season,” the American holiday of Thanksgiving is worth our time and energy as its own distinct observance.

Love and the cross metaphor

Can’t Help Falling in Love

by Kimberly McClung DeVries

If you’re like me, you’ve been in church a long time. You’ve seen the good and bad, the highs and lows, and in many ways, your church experience might best compare to a long marriage.


Crossroads: Thanksgiving

by Jessica Asbell

This is a time when families gather together around a table filled with food, and remember all of the things for which they are thankful. Some years it’s easy to remember the blessings you’ve been given. But other years, it seems as if nothing has gone right.


Formations 11.29.2015: Only Light

by Michelle Meredith

On November 12, a crowded marketplace in the Bourg al-Baragneh neighborhood in Beirut was bombed, leaving hundreds dead and injured in the worst attack Beirut has seen in years.

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