Christmas Break for Youth Ministry could be something that actually builds momentum at your church. How many times during the year do you get distraction free, school free students with nothing but time on their hands? These couple weeks are a huge opportunity for you as a youth pastor to build momentum even though you may not have consistent programming. Here are 2 areas that "COULD BE" for youth ministry over Christmas break at your church.
Relationships Can Grow
Your students have a ton of down time over the holidays and are more than likely looking for something to do. Why not invest in making your church available for your crew to come and hang out, play games, be with one another? Down time with no agenda can be life giving to you and your students. Non programmed time is great for relationships. Do you want your students to listen more during messages? Do you want them to invite their friends to Youth Group? Do you want to see them grow in their faith? I believe all of those questions stem to their relationship with you. (obviously, they will grow in their faith because of their relationship with you alone). The more they know you and your heart for them, the more they will lean in during messages. The more they know you and your heart for them, the more they will be open to inviting friends because they trust you. The more they know you and your heart for the Lord, the more they can see what that looks like for them as they get older.
Unplanned hang out time at your church
Spontaneous trips to places in town - movies, Taco Bell, Starbucks, etc
Sledding night (if you have snow)
Nerf Wars at the church
Video Game Tournaments
Open Gym - volleyball, basketball, make up new sports, etc
Star Wars Marathon (insert any collection of movies they would love to sit and watch all the way through)
Invite Families over for dinner at your place
Get creative with it but make something happen
Christmas break is great for spending relational time with your crew.
You Can Get Rest
This is an opportunity for you to recharge and rest. With a lot of down time, you have the ability to recharge the battery and get ready for the next semester of programming, trips, intentional discipleship and walking alongside families going through "stuff". You have to find what fills you back up, you have to allow yourself to get recharged, you have to allow God to continue to sustain you and be the fuel that keeps you going. Take it from someone who isn't good at Sabbath, you need it, you have to take it and it shouldn't be something you take into consideration.
Get rest this Christmas Break!
It's not to late to set something up, send out communication and let students know about opportunities to get together! It has everything to do with taking advantage of your time!
Relationships > Tasks