The Edge Difficulties
Thank you so much for contacting Gospel Light! I understand the frustration of finding the right activities and materials for use with preteens. Here are some things I would do (though you may already be doing these things!):Make use of the Discussion apply activities and the comics in the Get the Edge Take-Home papers. If you have a group that likes to perform, assign a skit from the Student Guide pages for an upcoming lesson and challenge students to practice and prepare the skit ahead of time. Divide your group into teams and challenge them to earn points (memorizing scripture, completing the Bible study questions in the weekly take-home papers, bringing friends, bringing Bibles, etc.) and then take the winning group out for an outing at the end of the quarter. If you do art activities, consider bringing in higher quality art materials from a local art store for kids to use. They cost more, but I’ve found that kids appreciate being trusted with better materials, and higher quality materials lead to much better results and more interest from the kids. And always bring food! An additional resource that could be helpful: Preteen Ministry Smart Pages. Gordon and Becky West created this resource. They love working with preteens and have years of experience and tons of wisdom to share.You could look at another option we have called the Uncommon series. It was developed for Junior High, but it might meet your needs with your preteen group. We have many people who like this for older elementary kids.
Whatever you do, please let us know more about your group and what you want to see in a new curriculum resource from Gospel Light. We really do want to assist you in reaching your kids for Christ!Debbie BarberAssociate Managing Editor, Sunday SchoolGospel Light
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