Our Youth

Stay healthy and happy during this time of social distancing.

You are always in our thoughts and prayers!


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Pandemic Praise


Pandemic Praise

We are in the midst of a pandemic virus, meaning a disease that is widespread across the whole world. Everyone on earth is concerned about it and taking careful action to rid the world of this terrible infection. I can’t think of another time in our lives where the people of the world are worried about the same problem, at the same time, and are working together to solve it.

It is in times like these when people realize how little control we have over our lives. In the twinkling of an eye, everything can change! People are worried, but wouldn’t it be great if God's people would respond like Jesus taught us to pray by calling out to him, praising him, and then breaking out in a praise pandemic?  


When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he ended his prayer with a mighty praise offering to God:” For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

This part of the Lord’s Prayer tells us that God owns all the kingdoms of creation. He is the King of Kings. He is the all-powerful, mighty God. He alone deserves glory and praise, and worship forever and ever.  When we offer praise to God, we admit that he has the power to solve our problems; we need him involved in everything we do! This helps us live without fear, because we can trust that God is in control; he will work all things for the good of his children, he will accomplish his purposes, even in the midst of this chaos! 

Let us not lose sight that God is in control. Let us call on Him in the day of trouble; He will deliver us, as David reminds us in Psalm 50:15- “Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.”


FAMILY TALK: 
1) What does the word, “praise," mean? 

(Praise is showing respect, honor, glory, and worship to God.)

2) How might we praise and worship God? 

(Singing songs with thankful hearts, and by our actions when we serve others.
The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 prayer and praise songs that help us praise God with our words and in song.)

3) Is there a certain time of day to Praise God?

(You can praise God anytime, anywhere and everyday!!)

 

 

PRAISE ACTIVITIES:
1) Act Out Psalm 150
(Give everyone in the family a part or parts to act out using make-believe or homemade instruments. Make up instrument sounds before beginning. 
Read Psalm 150, pausing at each "bolded" instrument/action part, so they can be "played," and acted upon dramatically. Read it through one time, so everyone knows where he or she comes in, and then act it out. When you say “everything,” all instruments play.)

“Praise the LORD...Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150.

2) Write a P.R.A.I.S.E. Acrostic
Describe God’s nature—his character—using the letters in the word PRAISE. For example, P is for perfect; R is for righteous; A is for almighty, etc. The person who thinks up the most relevant characteristics wins!

3) Praise Poses Game
Played similarly to charades, but players make body poses or hand signals of individual letters to spell out praise words or characteristics of God. 

Write words on index cards, one word per card, such as: praise, honor, admire, respect, glory, worship, love, kind, good, etc. Encourage players to get creative using body poses or hand signals, without speaking, to spell out their praise word. Players may say how many letters are in their word before posing.   



Elementary School - Song: Praise the Lord  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-udkH0s8l7s


Video- David's Prayers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yImbRHFPSHk


***2020 Praise Dance Challenge***

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By_Q_pzgpFo

Learn the Praise Dance - Video yourself dancing (alone or with friends & family)

Send your video to Joanne at youthfpcwhippany@gmail.com


Middle and High School : The Skit Guys - The Skinny on Prayer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmL_GTKU2lE


The Lord's Prayer Skit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BleD6-C0XU



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FAMILY DEVOTIONS -  Helping Families Grow Together in Faith

I highly recommend you trying out this website that offers free printables for you to do with your family...all year long!


https://www.notconsumed.com/free-printables/

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The Flat Jesus /  Disciple Project


Flat Jesus/Disciple reminds us to keep Christ at the center of our lives

especially when we are far from our church home.

During this social distancing let’s have

some fun and invite Jesus or

one of His Disciples to

hang out with us!

 

Directions:

1. Print out one of the character - on heavy cardstock paper if possible. 

2. Be creative! Decorate Flat Jesus / Flat Disciple.

3. Make one for yourself and one for a friend!

4. Take your Flat Jesus / Flat Disciple everywhere with you – dinner, homeschool, backyard, practice your instrument, story time, and take lots of pictures and then share them with us.

5. Send your photos to Joanne so we can create a slideshow for everyone to see.

6. Talk with family and friends about what you and Flat Jesus experienced.

  

 

Let’s hang out

We’ll get through this together

Remember I am always with you always

No matter what the weather.

 

Let’s take some pics together

and share them with our friends.

Be creative – be silly – have fun!

I even tik-tok dance you should see me bend!

 

So what do you say

Take me with you each day

Then don’t forget

to take time and pray!


Pick a friend to hang out with and take pictures with:

Send your pictures to Joanne at youthfpcwhippany@gmail.com

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YOUTH GROUP

Our church Youth Group is always on the move--reaching out in love to serve our community, forming their faith and friendships, planning fun fundraisers (like the yummy spaghetti dinners), and getting ready for summer mission trips. Youth Group meets on Sunday nights, with a program for middle schoolers and high schoolers, and on Sunday mornings during church school. But, you can spot them doing service around town any day of the week. Youth Group is open to all youth--no matter your background or church affiliation.


Click here to learn more on the exclusive FPC Whippany Youth Group Website!