Youth ministry is a religious organization for children or teenagers that engages them in a designated religion, encourages them to become more involved spiritually, answers any questions they might have and provides them with character-shaping activities. Decorating a youth ministry room should both welcome and stimulate people from the specific age group.
Painting a colorful mural that illustrates a piece of an important narrative from the religious text that your youth ministry studies is one way to make the narrative more memorable. For example, if your youth group studies the Old Testament, draw a scene from Noah's Ark or from Moses parting the red sea. Choose an image from a story inherent to your religion and one which you know will visually engage the kids. If you like, you can trace the mural beforehand yourself and have the young people from your youth ministry paint it together as a group activity.
Objects That Invite Curiosity
Decorate the room with objects that provoke discussion and invite curiosity. For example, if it's a Catholic youth ministry, arrange objects from the Bible around the room with brief explanations printed about each item. Display large glossy photographs of religious places mentioned in the religious text that you're using, whether it is the Torah, the Koran or the Bible. Hang large colorful maps that show where these items came from. All these things together will spark discussions about culture, history and geography.
Part of the work of youth ministry is helping to shape the characters of the young people that you meet with so that they evolve into well-rounded people. One way to achieve this is to get them to appreciate the blessings they have in their lives in an active manner. For example, cut out a tree from brown construction paper, and hang it on the wall. Tell your kids and teenagers that this is the gratitude tree. Each meeting give the young people a green colored sticky note. Ask each young to write down one thing in his life that he is thankful for, such as parents, friends, dogs, teachers, toys or other things. Each meeting, the kids will add these sticky notes to the branches of the tree, making it more leafy and bushy with each passing week.
- "Meeting-Space Ideas for Youth Ministry"; Todd Outcalt; 1997
- "Full of It: Ideas to Fill Youth Ministry Volunteers with Encouragement"; Kurt Johnston, Katie Edwards; 2006
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