Our teaching series as well as events and camps are placed purposefully within these four seasons. Here is what I mean. Many youth ministries do "Kick-Off" events during this season which is natural thing to do as students are heading back to school. Our ministry also uses the fall and back to school time to put on an event that students will want to invite their friends too. Like our annual MS Overnighter or a Halloween Party. The fall is a great time for us to focus on outreach as students are reconnecting with friends that they have not seen all summer. Entering into the Advent and winter months we slow things down a bit and focus our priority on family and winter camps. Our teaching will usually include something from the Gospels to help us focus on Jesus during Advent and Christmas. The Gospels are also a great place to be when planning a camp it helps to give your speaker some direction keeps things aligned for your ministry. Our spring focus is on serving both locally and globally. We use the Advent season to remind students about living simply and making a difference in their world because of the work of Jesus on the cross. We include World Vision 30hr famine, preparation for our summer missions trip, one day service projects and more to help students experience living into the story Jesus has for all of us. Then comes summer, one of my favorite times of the year. We never stop meeting we simply adjust our schedule and purpose a bit. Each week begins at 6pm with dinner and a devotional then off to an activity. We conclude each week at 10pm. Summer is highly relational, most of our Wednesday nights are spent on the lake at a place called Northstar with boats, volleyball, swimming, basketball, fire pit with smores, worship around the fire, hamburgers, watermelon and so much more. It's a blast. Some of our biggest nights of the year happen during the summer.
Looking at our calendar from an aerial view you will see: Fall = Outreach, Winter = Family and Camps, Spring = Service and Summer = Relational. Of course these focuses happen all year long but there is usually one that is at the top of the priority list. How do you use the seasons for youth ministry? Does the church calendar impact your youth ministry?