This post explains how to use the PG youth resources in combination with a midweek large group meeting. Check out our youth ministry page for more information.
Many churches like to schedule most of their small groups at one location on the same night. This allows students to come together for a time of large group interaction, and then break up into small groups. The goal is to combine the energy of a large group meeting with the deeper experience of a small group. Here’s a recommended schedule for that meeting.
6:30pm – Leaders arrive to prepare for the evening and make sure everything is ready.
6:45pm – Music is playing. Welcome table is ready. Small group rooms are set-up. Snack bar is set up. Game room is set up.
7:00pm – Students arrive. Snack bar is open. Game room is open. Leaders are in place to welcome new students and parents.
7:15pm – Program starts. Starting the program close to the advertised start time is important. New students feel most awkward during an unstructured hang-out time.
7:15pm – 7:25pm – Worship and Welcome
- 1 Worship song – If your youth group is made up of three small groups or fewer, worship may feel awkward in a large group setting. Be sensitive to the response of your students.
- Welcome – Keep it brief. Focus on welcoming new students and promoting upcoming events. Don’t let this time go too long. And don’t make a bunch of inside jokes that alienate visitors.
- 1-2 Worship songs – Some groups do two songs here, others do just one. Do whatever works best for your group and builds momentum.
7:25pm – 7:40pm – Youth video
- Live intro – Have someone briefly introduce the video and series that you are using.
- Show youth video
- Final instructions – Have the same person from the intro reaffirm the point of the video and then give instructions for small groups. Finally, dismiss students to their groups.
7:40pm – 8:15pm – Small Group time
- If some small groups finish early, make sure they don’t disrupt the other groups.
- Keep your snack bar and game room open for a while after groups break up to allow students to continue to talk.
For more information on full circle youth ministry, check out our youth ministry page.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- How similar or different is this schedule with your normal youth large group meeting schedule?
- What are some strengths of this schedule?
- What are some weaknesses of this schedule?
- How might you alter this schedule to meet the needs of your youth group?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.