Monday, December 21, 2015

Back in January 2016

News U Can Use: "Young Teens Can't Tell The Difference Between Google Search & Ads"

The familiar narrative of teens and technology is one of natural proficiency — that young people just get technology in a way that older generations don't. But research suggests that just because children feel at home using smartphones, it doesn't mean they're more aware of the nuances of how the web works. In a new report published by the UK's telecoms watchdog Ofcom, researchers found that only a third of young people aged 12 to 15 knew which search results on Google were adverts, while this figure was even lower — less than one in five — for children aged 8 to 11.

"The internet allows children to learn, discover different points of view and stay connected with friends and family," Ofcom's director of research, James Thickett, told the Financial Times. "But these digital natives still need help to develop the knowhow they need to navigate the online world."


Top 10: "Rudolph Was a Jr. High Boy Reindeer?"

10. Wild Young Buck? 

9.  Clumsy Playing Games with Others?

8.  Shy and Struggled with the Girls, But Still Tries to Show Off Anyway? 

7.  Mood Swings with Fits of Rage and Depression?

6. Bullied by those Who Were Cooler and More Popular?

5. Group of Weird, Misfit Friends? 

4.  Tried to Run Away from Home? 

3. Girlfriend's Dad Thought He was a Freak and Made Them Break Up? 

2. Weird Red Thing on the End of His Nose that Almost Glows!?

1. Grew Up and All the Things That No One Got, End Up Being a Part of His True Calling!?

Friday, December 18, 2015

Free Media #93 :"DownLoops" (motion backgrounds)

27 FREE Motion Loops, great for worship backgrounds, announcements, welcome loops, or even a lesson background!!

ENJOY!! (Click Here to Get them) 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

News U Can Use: "30 Most Influential Teen 2015"

Teens today might have a mixed reputation, but there’s no denying their influence. They command millions of fans on Twitter and Vine, start companies with funds they raised on Kickstarter, steal scenes on TV’s most popular shows, lead protests with global ramifications, and even—win Nobel Peace Prizes. But which ones rise above the rest? Time analyzed social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more to determine this year’s list (ordered from youngest to oldest).

CLICK HERE to check out "TIME'S 2015 LIST"! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Teaching that is Built to Last (Part 2)

Last Week, I introduced the educational concept of “constructivism.”
In case you missed it, “constructivism” is an understanding of how a learner builds knowledge for themselves through the building blocks of discovery, hands-on, experiential, collaborative, project-based, and task-based learning in order to engage knowledge.
But beyond these educational building blocks, what are the spiritual building blocks that will help us (as communicators) construct teaching that is B-U-I-L-T to last?

B: The Bible

The Bible, of course, is our foundation for truth and our lessons, but are we successfully handing Scripture off to our students? We prepare “talks” for our middle schoolers and, well, that is what they are – us, talking. Be aware how easy it is for us to drift toward delivering sermons instead of actually teachingIt is easy to be a preacher at the front telling students what the Bible says. It’s more difficult to help students discover for themselves what the Bible says. In order for our lessons and the truth of God’s word to last, it has to become personal and real to them.

U: Unity

Collaborative learning is the basis of how are students are educated at school, and for good reason! This method needs to be a building block in our ministries as well. The majority of youth ministries have embraced small groups, because students need to be in a place where adults lead students in working together to discover truth. This is not about defining their own truth or learning truth from the biggest mouth in the room. Instead, it’s about being allowed to take the pieces they have been given and, together, form truth for themselves. We are the “body” and we need to allow each part to work to strengthen the others.

I: Intelligence

Initially, it may seem like “intelligence” isn’t a spiritual issue but an educational one. But we are created in the image of God, and that includes our intelligence and the stewardship of our intelligence. If we want to help students build something that is going to last, we must incorporate high-end thinking and processing into what we do. The middle school years are the years of transition intellectually. Our students are moving from concrete to abstract thought. They need to be challenged to wrestle, question, think, and then apply.

L: Love

If we are talking about building a building, love is the cement that holds it all together. It is the old adage, “They don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” After the specifics of exactly what we’ve said are forgotten, the relationships and love behind it will remain. When we not only teach our middle schoolers, but cement our teaching with love and relationships, the things they learn will go deeper.

T: Time

Only time will tell if what we try to teach our middle schoolers will really last, but how we spend our timeright now will also be a good indication. I’m not just talking about the time we spend in the office preparing what we’re going to teach, but also the time we spend outside the office and down in the seats. As much as we can’t rush through our teaching outlines, or hurry along a discussion in a small group setting, we must put in the time to teach by being present and patient in the lives of students.
My prayer for you is discovery of your own style as you make this your own. Beyond educational theories or thoughts are flesh-and-blood students with hearts seeking truth. That is what’s going to last a lifetime, and into eternity.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

News U Can Use: "Chelsea Clinton is Already Concerned About Middle School?"

" At one year old, Chelsea Clinton’s daughter Charlotte is barely talking, but her mother is already concerned with her tween years.

“I am so worried about middle school,” the Clinton Foundation vice chair told the audience at a Thursday evening panel discussion on women in technology co-hosted by the Foundation and SELF.

From kindergarten to third grade, girls have the same sky-high ambition as boys: “They want to be presidents, inventors, astronauts,” Clinton said. “They want to build stuff, invent stuff.” At about the fourth grade, however, this begins to deteriorate, and by eighth grade, “the schism is immense...." 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Top 10: MORE Things They Can't Teach You? (youth ministry edition)

10. How to be a part of a staff. 

9. How to lead a group of volunteers.

8. When it is time to move on from a ministry. 

7. How to raise your children, so they love Christ, the church, and ministry. 

6. How to find a circle of trusted friends outside of your ministry that can encourage you, be honest with you, and keep you from quitting. 

5.  How to be humble and listen.

4. When to know you are on the edge of burn out.

3.  The way to adapt your teaching on the spot, as you are teaching to reengage students who are not listening.

2.  How create a vision and plan, specific to a group, area, church, and history

1.  How to handle both failure and success well! 
(*see the first set of 10 HERE)

Friday, December 4, 2015

Free Media # 91:"History of Motion" (80+ Countdowns!)

An eclectic collection of 80 PLUS Countdown Clocks including a collection of very cool CHRISTMAS TIME countdowns perfect for this time of year! 

CLICK HERE (to get a look!) 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Teaching that is Built to Last (Part 1)

We all want the things we are teaching to last longer than the back door of our youth room. We teach lessons that need to last and become foundations for life.
In order for us to do that, we must create youth ministry environments and lessons that give students the building blocks to construct for themselves the truth that will last for a lifetime.
I am not talking about a “pick and choose what I like and don’t like” model of teaching truth. I am rather talking about an intentional approach that is less “preacher” and more “teacher.” It is an educational model and approach that allows us to come beside, lead, and teach while handing off the unchanging truths.


Allow me to bore you for a moment with a brief explanation.
“Constructivism” is a philosophy of education that tries to define how knowledge is constructed in the mind of a learner when new information comes into contact with existing knowledge that had been developed by previous experiences. At the core of constructivism is the idea that a teacher must understand the way knowledge is created in order to adapt it to the world of the student. It’s based on the idea that a teacher uses “constructs” (or building blocks) of discovery, hands-on, experiential, collaborative, project-based, and task-based learning to engage knowledge.
It is not that we do not do this already, but we need to fully name and claim this in our Middle School and Jr. High ministries. After recently finishing a master’s in middle school education, I more completely understand and embrace this in my approach in my teaching and lesson preparation.


Here’s how to do it. Begin to ask simple questions of what you are about to teach, like:
  • What do I want my students to discover on their own, and what do I want to teach from the front?
  • What are the ways I could teach the contents of this lesson kinesthetically, through a physical activity or game that would further solidify this information in my student’s minds?
  • How would I like my students to experience this truth both during the lesson and teaching time and later on in the ministry year? (Like with retreats, events, trips…)
  • When would be a good time for me to stop or pause in teaching, to allow students to collaborate in “teaching each other” this truth?
  • How am I taking what I am teaching and allowing students an opportunity for “high end” thinkingthrough direct application in projects, tasks, or other ways of practicing this idea?
There’s much more to talk about here. But we’ll save that for Part 2. In Part 2, we will explore 5 pieces that play into a youth ministry-based model of teaching that is “B-U-I-L-T” to last.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Top 10: Youth Ministry Lessons From A Guitar Lesson

My 6th grade daughter has recently been taking introductory guitar lessons.  They are set up in a group lesson format with a small group of other students of similar age (6th-8th)  She is the only girl, the rest are boys.

I have been taking our son to his soccer practices, while my wife takes our daughter to her lessons.  She asked if we could switch for the night so I could hear her play and see her lessons. 

As I sat and watched, I started to reflect a bit on 5th-8th grade youth ministry. Here are 10 things I LEARNED from her lesson.  You can draw your own conclusions of my opinion of her instructor... 

10. Students will make mistakes

9. Don't try to be cool

8. Condescending turns kids off

7. Look your student in the eye when you talk to them

6. Teaching is sometimes more about doing and less about talking

5. Take the time to get to know your students

4. Get on your students level

3. Come prepared to teach, you expect your students be prepared to learn

2. You have limited amount of time with your students don't waste it

1. It is about the students not about you!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hint/Help #19: "Active Shooter Training Video" (Volunteer/Leadership)

Not being dramatic or all paraniod-doomsday prepper.... Unfortunately with all the things going on in our world currently, it might be wise to at least have a realistic conversation with your leaders and volunteers about "Active Shooter" plans for your ministry/youth ministry.

Here is a helpful video to start the conversation or to help train your team.  It is something we have recently use with our team.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Youth Ministry Couch or Youth Ministry Coach?

You probably have one, I think every ministry I have been a part of over 20 years has had one.  They take on different shapes, colors, and designs. A few have even had some awesome 1970’s flowers They are the youth room couches.  Ours currently is a green ugly sectional monstrosity.  It sits in the very center of our youth cafe.  It is honestly the first thing you see when you walk into the space, and I hate it!   My students however love it, because it is beaten and worn to a point of being comfortable.  Students show up, come in and get comfortable as soon as they are sucked down into it pillows.  The problem is once they have been pulled in they are stuck in it and it is hard to get them out.
During my Jr. high and high school years I played sports, mostly basketball and soccer.  I loved it.  The connection, the teamwork, and the focused purpose were all things that grew and developed me.  While I enjoyed being a part of a team, it was a different kind of enjoyment than just sitting on a couch relaxing.  The reason was the coaches I had.  Each of them pushed me to be better and challenged me to push beyond what I thought I could do. I remember showing up to practices never knowing what to expect as the coach stood waiting.  My coaches were not there to be warm, fuzzy and make me feel comfortable.  Their purpose was to make us better individual players and an overall better team.    How they did that was got us on our feet and moving non-stop.
So as a youth leader which are you…A Youth Room Couch or a Youth Room Coach? 
Youth Room Couch
A youth room couch leader creates a comfortable place for students to come.  They make students feel relaxed to be there.  Their main job is to provide students a place to hang out and get to know each other.  This leader creates a ministry just like they are, worn out but comfortable.  Everyone knows what to expect when they walk in each meeting time because nothing really changes.  The ministry has been in the same place, with the same look as long as anyone can remember.   People may not be happy with the outdated or overused style, but no one really wants to change it.    
Students of the youth room couch are fine with them.  They love the fact that they are not really challenged to do anything beyond just sit there.   They come and sit comfortably in the life they have chosen to live.  They come and then they go with nothing really much changed, other then that they feel better from some warm, fuzzy moments. 
Is that you as a leader?  Is that your ministry?  Are those your students?  Is it all just a familiar, fun youth ministry just like an old couch that is the mainstay of some many church youth rooms?
Youth Room Coach
A youth room coach creates a place for students to come and get to know each other, but it is through being challenged together.  Their main job is to not just to provide yet another place to hang out and be comfortable.  They would rather do the job of training and cheering on students as they learn to do great things for God.   Each week students come never knowing what to expect.  There is an excitement for the unknown, the future, and a shared purpose.   People are supportive while also being very aware that this not just the same old youth ministry that the church has always had. 
Students of the youth room coach are coming not because of emotional experience, but rather because the truth of God’s word is being spoken.  Often even the hard to hear and uncomfortable instructions are being heard.   Students come each week and walk away not always feeling better, but knowing that they have been pushed to be better.   The moments that they shared were stretching and even painful at times, but they know they are now stronger because of it.
Is that you as a leader?  Is that your ministry? Are those your students? Is it all more than what the world offers of some quick therapy and a pat on the back?   Is what happens in your youth room each week as you lead going farther and deeper?
It might just come down to what we want most and even what are churches want most from our ministry between the two of these—more kids in the seat or more kids on their feet? Youth room couch or youth room coach which one are you? Which one do you want to be?

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

News U Can Use: "Teens Go Screen-Free for a Day"

" The clock is ticking for Destiny Davis and Jamya Whitmore.

The two high school freshmen, along with 40 of their classmates, are about to give up their cellphones for 24 hours.

They clutch them as they get mentally prepared. Davis says the good part will be talking to her family more.

The bad part? Kinda the same — "Because we're always communicating on our phones. Like, your family could be in the next room, and we texting them, but now you've got to get up and walk to go get them!"

Then it gets real. Maplewood High teacher Jarred Amato gives the 5-minute warning.

The students post to Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat for the last time for 24 hours.... "

Monday, November 16, 2015

Top 10: Youth Ministry Lessons from the DMV

10. Friendliness goes a long way.

9. Be organized, Stay organized.

8. People are more than a number.

7. Patience really is a virtue.

6. Know the language of who you are serving.

5. Empower your staff to make decisions.

4. Understand that you are there to serve people.

3. A bad reputation is hard to live down and easy to live up to.

2. As your crowd grows people's expectations and anticipation grows.

1. Your mission is getting people out the door and on the road, not keeping the seats filled! 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Free Thanksgiving Resources Collection (Updated!)

It is the time of year again.  You are frantically looking for a quick lesson, games, graphic, or a quick media add-on to complete your Thanksgiving time youth group night! 
Here is a collection of 30+ FREE resources that  I hope will help you out! 

- "Being Thankful"
- "Thank God"
- "Focusing on God" 
-  "Expressing Thanks"
-  "Celebrating American Stuff or Giving Thanks?"
- "More Than a Day" and "Why It Matters"
- Overflowing with Thankfulness 
- Thanksgiving Backwards Quail
- Why Do We Say Thanks 

- "4 Thanksgiving Games Collection"  
-  "10 Minute to Win It:Thanksgiving Games"  
-  "Pumpkin Pandemonium" (Powerpoint Trivia )
- "Thanksgiving Word Jumble" (Powerpoint Game)
- "Gravy Pop-SICKLES" (Up Front Challenge) 
- "Would You Rather: Thanksgiving Edition" (Icebreaker/Mixer)
-  Pumpkin Themed Games (Variety of Team Games)
- Candy Corn Hole
- Thanksgiving Time Ideas 
- Thanksgiving: World Record Edition (powerpoint game) 

- "Give Thanks" 
"Give Thanks" #2
- "Happy Thanksgiving" (title & slide)
- "Great Turkey Giveaway" (holiday service project)
-  "Thanksgiving Outreach" (slide collection) 
- Give Thanks For He Has Given Jesus Christ (slide collection)
- Give Thanks (background) 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

News U Can Use: " Teens Spend 9 Hours a Day on Entertainment"

"The average American teen spends about nine hours a day on entertainment media, according to a new report by Common Sense Media. That’s screen time on TVs, phones, tablets and computers, and doesn’t include similar activities at school.

"Teens spend far more time with media and technology than they do in school, or with their parents, or even sleeping," said James Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media. Steyer —and child psychologists — are worried about all that exposure to commercial content during all that screen time.

But the knowledge that the young and impressionable demographic is consuming so much content can be useful information for companies...."  (* CHURCHES/MINISTRIES??)


Monday, November 9, 2015

Top 10: Things They Can't Teach... (youth ministry edition)

10. How to Love Your Calling as a Youth Pastor.

9.   How to Stay Organized.

8.  How to Connect with Students in an Authentic, Genuine way.

7.  How to Really Sit and Talk with a Student after a Suicide/Family Death.

6.  How to Tell a Group Of Students, That You are Leaving.

5.  How to Successfully Run a Game or Event.

4.  How to Love Your Wife, Like Christ Loves the Church.

3. How to Deal with an Upset/Angry/Disappointed Parent of a Student.

2.  How to Be Humble as a Leader.

1.  How to Really Be a True Pastor and Shepherd to Students.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

JH Uth Guy Thought of the Week

Like the difference between giving a "man a fish" and "teaching him to how to fish", we in youth ministry have the choice spiritually between the difference of teaching "Facts of the Day" or teaching the "Faith of a Life!" 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Free Media #88: "17 Websites Offering Free Teaching Graphics & Media"




Creation Swap  (Free)
Creative Youth Ministry Ideas (free and cost)
Elevation Church  (Free) 
Grace Way Media (Cost, some free
Graphic Stock (7 day Free trial)
Life Church Resources  (Free)
New Spring Church (Free)
Open Resource (Free)
Pre-Teen Ministry (Cost)
Room 1228  (Cost)
Stuff I Can Use  (Free)
*Stuff You Can Use (find graphics designed based on my lessons here!)
Vintage Church Resources  (Free)
Youth Resource Net  (Cost)
Youth Leader Stash  (Cost, and Free)
Youth Ministry 360  (Cost, some free)
Youth Ministry Tool Box  (Cost, couple Freebies)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Game #85: Baked Bean Bubble Blow (upfront challenge)




- 2 Extra Large Cans of Baked Beans
- 2 Pie Pans/Bowls
- 1 Bag of Chewing Gum
- A Tarp or Drop Cloth

Set Up:
- Unwrap an equal amount (5-10) of chewing gum and place at the bottom of your container
- Empty a can of baked beans into each container, covering the gum
- Place your tarp on the floor
- Place your containers on the tarp equal distance apart

 Simple Explanation: Players "bob" for pieces of chewing gum in a pan/bowl full of baked beans.  After collecting as much gum as they think they need, they will then chew and blow the biggest bubble possible! 

Game Play:
- Have 2 volunteers come to the front
- Explain the simple rules
- Have them get on their hands and knees behind the containers
- And "GO!" Let the Fun Begin!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Top 10: Ways to Make Your Youth Group Feel More Like a Family?

10.  Ground Students That Don't Bring their Bible?

9.  Have a  Time Out Chair, Students that Won't Listen have to Go Sit in It?

8.  Serve Vegetables for Snack, Students Can't Play the Game Until they Finish Their Vegetables?

7. Occasionally Lick Your Palm and Go Smooth Down Someone's Hair?

6. When Driving in the Van/Bus, Turn Around and Yell, "Don't Make We Turn This Thing Around!"?

5. If Someone Spills Their Drink, Say Something Like, "This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things!!"

4. For Christmas Buy All Your Leaders Socks and Underwear?

3. Have A Big Meal Together, About Halfway Through Tell One of the Girls All The Reasons Why You Don't Like Her Boyfriend!?

2. Once A Year Have Your Weird Uncle Earl Just Some Up Unannounced and Teach the Lesson?


Sunday, November 1, 2015

JH Uth Guy Thoughts of the Week

The hard work of youth ministry is working with the next generation coming up.  A generation that will have different thoughts, ideas, and inspirations.  

We drive on the edge of the ocean of opportunities for the future of our world.  

We ride with and along side of what the world might be and could be as mentors and disciplers. 

Our jobs is often viewed with some confusion and concern of who we are and who are students are as well. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Free Media: #87: 25 Free Stock Photo Sites (all in one place)!!





- Barn Images 
- Crow the Stone
- Death to Stock Photos
I M Free
- Jay Mantri
- Life of Pix 
- Little Visuals
- Lock and Stock 
- Magdeleine 
- Move East 
- New Old Stock
- Pexel
- Pic Jumbo
- Ramrot
- Refe
- Skitter 
- Snap Wire Snaps
- Start Up Stock 
- Stock Snap
- Super Famous
- Travel Coffee
- Unsplash 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Game #84 :"Steal the Fish" (Big Group Game)

If You Love Steal the Bacon and Dodgeball, Then You Might Just Get "Hooked" on  STEAL THE FISH? 

Just a bit of Fun that is also a Little Bit "Fishy"?

The object of Steal the Bacon is to take the "bacon" back to your own side without being caught. In this game, two teams are chosen, An object is required to the bacon. (beanbag, rag, eraser ...) The members of each team are numbered. They form two opposing lines and place the bacon in the exact center of playing space. The leader then calls out a number. The players on each side who are assigned that number are the players for that round. They must run out and try to get the "Bacon" Neither player may touch the other until someone touches the bacon. Once a player touches the bacon however, the other player may tag him/her. If a player is able to grab the bacon and carry it back over to his/her own side, that team scores a point.- From Games Kids Play.

- Kiddie Pool
- A Large Package of Breaded Fish Sticks
- 2-3 Dodgeballs

Set Up:
- Place a kiddie pool in the center of a playing area (inside or outside).
- Empty all a package of fish sticks into the pool
- Place 2-3 dodge balls into the pool 
- Mark off 2-4 team areas and end lines

* Filling the pool with water is optional, depending if you are inside or outside? 

Basic Rules/Explanation: 
Simple Explanation: A member from each team must be the first person to the center of the room, steal a fish stick and get it back to their team's side without getting hit with a dodgeball!

Game Set Up
- Divide everyone up into 2-4 equal teams
- Send them to their team area and have them line up
- Assign each person on teach team a number, similar to "steal the bacon"
- Have everyone stay lined up according to number

Game Play
- Each round announce a single number
- Players from each team with that assigned number must run out and either steal the fish or attempt to hit the player with the fish with a dodgeball before they can make it back to their side
- As game progresses, start announcing more than one number to make it more fun and challenging.

Have Fun, Enjoy.  Make Up Your Own "House Rules"! 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

News U Can Use: "Teens Do Still Talk on the Phone?"

" Even though it might seem like teenagers treat their mobile phones more like texting bricks, selfie repositories or video wands, it turns out large numbers of them actually like to -- gasp! -- talk on them. According to the Pew Research Center, more than two-thirds of teens cite phone calls as a preferred method of communicating with their closest friends, ahead of social networking sites and other digital hubs often viewed as central to teenage communication.... 

Monday, October 26, 2015

JH Uth Guy Thought of the Week

Top 10: MORE Ways Your Youth Pastor is So Out of Touch...

10. They Just Gave Out Their Pager Number!? 

9.  They Think Maroon 5, is Color of the New Carpet in the Sanctuary?  

8.  The Prizes at Youth Group the Other Night Were CD's!?

7.  They Are Still Using the NIV 1984!!!

6.  They Think Toby Mac, is a New Apple Computer? 

5.  When You Ask Them..."What Are Those?" They Told You? 

4. They Think "Game of Thrones" is a Game You and Your Friends Play in the Bathroom? 

3.  They Still Haven't Done a Zombie/"Walking Dead" Themed Lesson Series Yet!? 

2.  They Think an "X-Box One" is the Place You Keep Love Letter From Your First Girlfriend? 

1.They Think the Whip and Nae Nae is About Horse Racing? 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Games: "Halloween Minute to Win It Games" (Upfront Challenges)

These 10 fun Halloween Minute to Win It Games are all Halloween/Fall themed  They may also be perfect for A Fall Festival or Trunk or Treat Event, too!

Provided FREE from the Super Cool People at "Children's Ministry Deals"

Games Included:
  • Skittle Spill
  • Journey to the Center of the Tootsie Pop
  • Roll With It
  • Smartie Hands
  • Pixie Chopsticks
  • What's For Breakfast
  • It's a Spider, or is it?
  • What's on my face?
  • Feed the Jack o Lantern
  • Eat Worms

CLICK HERE (to get your game on!) 

Hint/Help #18: 15 Youth Group "Appropriate" Halloween/Fall Movies?

With so many people loving the past two Youth Group Night Movie Night Lists:
- "20 Funny Youth Group Movie Night Movies" 
- "20 More Series Youth Group Movie Night Movies"

I wanted to take a soft swing at the "Fall Celebration", dare we say the words "Halloween" season movie nights.   Obviously this is still a bit of delicate topic when it comes to church and youth group, so please do not be offended.

A few people have asked what my suggestions would be for this time of year, so here are a few that MIGHT work for your youth group movie night.  You know your church and families, so please choose wisely and with good discretion. 

15. Monsters, Inc
14. Little Monsters
13. Wallace and Grommit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit
12. Addams' Family & Family Values
11. Arachnophobia 
10. Coraline
9. Frankenweenie
8. Hocus Pocus
7. Casper
6. Ernest Scared Stupid
5. Monster vs. Aliens
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas 
3. It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
2. Monster House
1. Hotel Transylvania