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  1. A great video from PetersBoat.net that speaks about how once you've truly met Christ, all that comes with it can not be "undone" because of scandal in the church. A great discussion could be to discuss what "changes" when one meets Christ. How are things different?
  2. I’ve been an Amazon customer since 2002 when pretty much the only thing that people used it for was to avoid going to the University bookstore and paying full price for college textbooks. Now Amazon seems to be the first place I look whenever I have need for anything! To start off this new Catholic Youth Ministry Blog I’ve decided that for my first post I would go through the last 16 years of my Amazon orders and share with you the top 8 things I’ve purchased for youth ministry. Also, please note that if I were to give a true top 8, it would likely include 5-6 books. I’ve decided that I’ll stick to games, resources, supplies, etc. and I’ll devote another post to my favorite books. So here we go: Please note: these are affiliate links that allow us to receive a portion of any sales made when you purchase these items by clicking through on our site. This "kickback" goes to support the work of the Catholic Youth Ministry Hub. Games Supplies Poof Soccer Balls We tried out three or four types of balls to use for dodge ball in our gym. These were by far the best ones we could find. They are soft enough, they last a long time, and more importantly it feels great when you zing that youth with one of them! See it here. Spike Ball An excellent game to have sitting around in a youth room, at camp, etc. It’s a very common game that most know how to play and it can serve as an excellent ice breaker. It’s also extremely affordable and is great quality! See it here. Kan Jam This was another well known game that I discovered later on than most. Similar to Spike Ball (above) this is affordable, it’ll last forever, and most people can just pick it up and play it. See it here. Board/Party Games Pharisees - The Party Game This is the "Christian" version of the popular youth ministry game "Mafia". I often tell people it's the perfected version of the game. See it here. Curses Game This is an older game but it’s one of those go-to games that is great for small groups. In larger groups it’s entertaining enough that observers have no problem just watching! See it here. Exploding Kittens Game I have officially ordered 25 of these from Amazon. It is an awesome game that can be played in 3-5 minutes and rarely gets old. It’s another one of those games that observers enjoy watching. It can be expanded to take more players as well. See it here. Other Sleeping Cot I got tired of air mattresses and these have been an excellent replacement for when we need additional beds at camp or on retreat. They are durable, long lasting, and fairly inexpensive. They aren’t the most comfortable to sleep on but those who have them are usually grateful to have anything! See it here. Pope Francis Bobble Head Definitely the coolest affordable prize that I have bought so far! See it here. I hope you've enjoyed this list! If you have other items you'd like to mention, please comment below!
  3. This is a classic skit from the Skit Guys that would be great to use before confession. It's a skit that shows the challenge and gift in allowing God to work on (in) your life.
  4. This game was a huge success at our summer camps. To start you will need one dozen eggs for every two teams. Seven of the eggs in each dozen should be boiled and five should not. Mix them up in the carton so you can't tell which ones are which. We had the teams (small groups) send a representative up to challenge a representative from another team. They each selected one egg and (on a count of three) smashed it on their head. The first team to get three of the raw eggs lost. Here is a video of Jimmy Fallon doing this with Ryan Reynolds: Please share other ideas and stories of your experience of this game below! Photo by Kate Remmer on Unsplash
  5. Matt Fradd from Ascension Presents answers several users questions on various topics, including; virtue, sin, and music.
  6. The Jail Fundraiser is one of those fundraisers that does far more than raising money. It's a ton a fun, draws in the entire parish community, and it doesn't ever really get old. To start, this fundraiser only really works if it's part of a larger parish event like a parish bazaar. Brief Explanation Set up a space designated as "the jail" where people will be able to sit when they are arrested. It should be able to hold roughly 10-12 people comfortably. People will pay you to have someone else arrested for a set amount of time. You will issue the warrant and the arrested individual will have three options; 1) serve their time, 2) pay to not be arrested, or 3) counter-arrest (post bail and have the person who arrested them be arrested instead). It's really that simple! Here's our list of tips: Borrow a large kennel or something to make the jail even more real Purchase or borrow police outfits, handcuffs, etc. to make the experience even more real. Ensure there are little information signs all over that explain the process Put a limit on how many times an individual can be arrested. Offer something fun to do in the jail (reading, facts about prisons, etc.) To keep track of finances well, have an adult manage the jail and the log, require warrants for arrest, etc. Documentation Needed Arrest Warrant - should include the name of the person arrested, who arrested them, cost, and the three options for the arrested person. Jail Log - keeps track of finances, arrests, etc. I'll be putting together a package of resources very soon to make available in the Marketplace. Stay posted!
  7. I've literally been asked dozens of times how I'm able to work in ministry and support my growing family while my wife is also able to stay at home to take care of the house and little ones that are not yet in school. The quick answer is always...we make it work. With the launch of the new Catholic Youth Ministry Hub and the freedom to blog "as I wish" I'm planning to use this space to share ways that my wife and I have been able to make things work. The title "Other Duties as Assigned" gives insights into how we've really been able to make things work. With my first youth ministry job, I was responsible for the parish website. Using what I learned in that process, I actually started my own web management business. At one time I had about a dozen clients (parishes and local businesses) that paid me a monthly fee to maintain their website for them. Now that I spend most of my time in my work at the Diocesan level, I get the privilege of consulting and working hand in hand with parishes. I've always desired to share with I have learned. This led me to starting the Catholic Youth Ministry Hub (long ago) as well as several other websites focused on youth ministry, discipleship, etc. To say it bluntly, while I'm incredibly grateful for the salary and benefits I receive in my Diocesan work and I believe they are paying me what is right and just, it would be extremely difficult for my wife and I to live on that income alone. We have four children, three of which are attending our parish catholic school, and we made a commitment early in our marriage to get out of debt and to never return. About two years ago, with the supplemental income we were bringing in through little side projects, saving through rewards programs, etc, we are now debt free and working on our next financial goals (primarily a 10 year anniversary vacation and small (overdue) home improvement projects). Anyway, I'm hopeful that this new blog will give me a space to share with you many things that I have learned and have allowed me to stay in ministry and continue doing what I love! Be sure to click the follow button above to receive emails and updates when I post to the blog!
  8. A great video to introduce a simple prayer that can be used to venerate the cross daily.
  9. In this Ascension Presents video Jackie Francois talks about daring, marriage, and how you know when you have found "the one".
  10. The article focuses on contributions to the Blogs, Free Resources, Video Library, etc. For guidelines regarding our discussion forums, go here. For guidelines regarding Contributing to the Marketplace, go here. Introduction Our hope is that the Catholic Youth Ministry Hub platform will make it easy for anyone to share their insights, resources, and ideas with others involved in catholic youth ministry by offering a convenient blogging platform as well as a consignment shop that makes selling original resources simple. Guidelines for Contributing General Blogs All content must be original and not posted anywhere else. Posts should be at least 250 words. Images used can not violate copyright law. Posts may be edited by our editing team to correct simple grammar and punctuation errors. Posts that require too much editing will be moved to draft form and a note will be sent to the author. General blog posts will earn 250-1500 YM Bucks depending on quality, length, originality, etc. These do require a manual review and may take some time to reward. Resource Blogs (Games, Fundraisers, Etc.) All community members are able to contribute the resource blogs. It is understandable that some ideas used may also be listed on other web sites. That being said, contributions must still be original in content (you can't just copy and paste from other websites). Please only share ideas that you have tried and were successful! For games, fundraisers, etc. posts should include supplies needed, instructions, tips, etc. Images used can not violate copyright law. Posts may be edited by our editing team to correct simple grammar and punctuation errors. Posts that require too much editing will be moved to draft form and a note will be sent to the author. Contributions towards these areas can earn anywhere from 100-500 YM Bucks. These do require a manual review and may take some time to reward. Video Library Contribution Videos submitted to our video library should fall within one of the categories listed. It is permissible to share videos that are not your own provided they can be embedded (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.) Videos should include a brief description/explanation. Video submission can earn anywhere from 50-250 YM Bucks. Videos that include a few good discussion questions to go along with the video will be given the highest reward. If you have not received your YM Bucks within seven days of your submission, please contact us. Finally, to maintain consistency to our audience, contributions are "locked" after a certain period of time. Should there be a reason that you need to remove a contribution, make further edits, etc. please contact us.
  11. @Jonah Soucy - When we did it, we gave them about 90 minutes. Our meetings were typically two hours so there was enough time to do it and then have some sharing of stories and such after.
  12. Fr. Mike talks about the importance of handing things over to God and that God "waste's nothing!"
  13. Thanks for sharing! Perhaps the best meditation I've used for youth ministry as well!
  14. This post marks a historical moment in the history of the Catholic Youth Ministry Hub. Today we've sent the final invitations to those who offered to beta test the site. We're looking forward to feedback from them and hopefully launching within the next month!
  15. I'll get us started. My name is Eric Gallagher. I'm married and have four children. I started in youth ministry in 2003 and have worked in both parish and diocesan ministry. Aside from starting things like this website, I LOVE reading, especially good spiritual reads. I also am a huge Office fan. I'm from South Dakota and currently serve as the Director of Youth Discipleship and Evangelization for the diocese.
  16. Welcome to the Catholic Youth Ministry Hub community. Please introduce yourself in this thread!
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  18. Please share your favorite books to read. Any topic or genre counts!
  19. One of our goals for the Catholic Youth Ministry Hub is that our site would be a place of "pretty much everything youth ministry". Below you'll find a brief overview of the many features of our community platform. We are always adding to it so be sure to visit often! Your Personal Profile Probably one of the most important things for getting the most out of the community is to ensure your profile is up-to-date. Many of the features are customized depending on the types of interests you mark in your profile. Doing so will provide you access to different forums and resources customized specifically to your interests including additional resources, bonuses, and more! YM Bucks As you participate in the community, you'll find yourself earning YM Bucks. YM Bucks are virtual currency that can be used in our store towards memberships, products, and other cool (and sometimes "just for fun") features. Note: YM Bucks can not currently be used in the Community Marketplace. Discussion Forums The heart of our platform is the forums. Feel free to look around, ask questions, respond to others, etc. As our platform continues to grow, we hope to truly make these forums a home and library for all things youth ministry related. Community Driven Resource Library We've opened up our library so that any member to contribute fun game ideas, fundraisers, good YouTube videos, and more. To maintain higher standards, we do have posting guidelines and will moderate and edit as we feel necessary. Feel free to rate and comment on resources as it allows the more popular resources to be shown more often saving our community time as they search through. Community Marketplace Our Community Marketplace allows every member to share their files and original resources with the entire community. If desired, members can even charge a fee for their resources. So, if you've spent a lot of time developing something for your own ministry, please do share! Memberships Currently we offer to types of memberships to enhance the community experience. Our Patron membership is the standard that opens up a few more features, offers free and discounted access to our paid resources, grants access to Patron Only forums, and more! Our Partner membership is geared towards others who work in ministry and are looking for additional benefits, advertising options, and more. Clubs Our clubs allow for smaller (public or private) groups to exist within our community. You can have your own discussion forums, private blogs, calendars, and more. Becoming a Contributor Finally, our community is intended to be a place for those who work in youth ministry to share. Whether it be a simple game idea or a really fancy developed resource, training program, etc. If you have something you would like to share in the community or simple desire to help it succeed. Please just let us know! Now that you've gotten a simple overview, be sure to check out our final "Getting Started" article focusing on the Top 10 Things To Engage in the Community!
  20. First off....Welcome to our community! Since 2011, the Catholic Youth Ministry Hub has provided places for those who work in youth ministry to find great resources, community, and support. Since our founding, we've discovered that the most important resource we can provide to those who work in youth ministry is a community to discuss, share, and grow not only in youth ministry but in faith as well. Our prayer is that this platform will assist in doing just that. So...Welcome! Do not hesitate to enter in fully to what this community has to offer. Introduce yourself, ask questions, make a request for prayer, and don't forget to browse our growing library of resources where resources are added daily! As you look around and get more comfortable, hopefully you'll realize that this community is a great gift because of the many people who contribute to it. My greatest desire is that this community would be a place where people simply share what they know, do, and love! When you're ready, do not hesitate to dive in and start sharing as well! If you'd like a brief overview of the many different features available through our platform, check out the next article! Overview of Features.
  21. What are YM Bucks? YM Bucks are a virtual currency that you can only spend here on our site. They can be cashed in for memberships and other perks throughout the site. YM Bucks are typically equivalent to $.01 for digital products and $.005 for physical products. YM Bucks do not have any cash value. How are YM Bucks earned? YM Bucks can be earned simply by participating and contributing to the various areas of the Catholic Youth Ministry Hub community. Below are several examples that members can earn these YM Bucks. Note: when a range is given, the number of YM Bucks is determined by the length, quality, and amount of editing necessary from our staff. Forum Participation Starting a discussion thread or responding to someone else's thread = 2 bucks. When someone replies to a thread that you started = 1 bucks. Calendar Events Submitting an approved event to the community calendar = 25 bucks Reviewing an event = 5 bucks Commenting on an event = 2 bucks Marketplace Submitting a file (free or paid) to the Marketplace = 300 bucks Each time someone downloads your submitted file = 2 bucks Reviewing a download in the Marketplace = 25 bucks Commenting on a file in the Marketplace = 2 bucks Resource Contributions Submitting a blog post to the community = 250 - 1500 bucks Submitting a resource (game, fundraiser, etc.) = 100 - 500 bucks Submitting a video to the video library = 50 - 250 bucks Other Every new account receives 100 YM Bucks just for signing up! Members receive a 5 YM Buck bonus each day automatically when they log in and have some activity. NOTE: Marketplace and resource contributions require a manual review. Ranges are dependent on quality, originality, and sometimes length.
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