You Need to See This and 3 Ways to End Bullying

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting too much after seeing so many youth productions in the past 3 decades but after watching this I was blown away by the original score, the humor, and the honesty by the students.

Finally a high quality, original production for youth groups addresses in a funny yet dramatic way, gripping issues like bullying, depression, peer pressure and redemption.

To read more about it, get the link to watch the video and to contact the Jeremy the youth pastor who wrote, directed, and produced this video click here:

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Contact Pastor Jeremy  pastorjgifford@gmail.com

3 Strategies to End Bullying

These 3 Simple Stress Solutions Can Work for You

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Stress is damaging and contagious. Our kids are affected by it. Parents of teens are about as stressed as you can get. Not only are we stressed over conflicts with our kids, we are also dealing with the health issues of our parents. Somewhere in there is our personal stress about money, work, the future, and our own health concerns.

This has been so true for me over the past few months that I had to take some intentional steps to get some relief. It worked!  I really hope that these will work for you too.

not just your son’s problem

A growing number of women are addicted to internet pornography. They admit that this addiction began in their teen years. So as much as we are alarmed with the amount of male students regularly viewing pornography, the rate of teenage girls looking at sexual images and videos is increasing rapidly.

Studies show that explicit material is accessed on phones, so it is increasingly difficult to monitor and control. Rather than turning a blind eye, hoping this will not be a problem for girls, there are at least three things that parents can do.

Three New Dating Dangers: What Parents Can Do

Digital kids have embraced new ways of relating that should make every parent think twice about the changing rules in the dating game. Face Time, Face Book, Snap Chat, Skype, Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram and Texting create possibilities in relationships that weren’t a concern even just ten years ago. Now they are, and we should probably be talking to our teens about each of them…

3 Crucial Ways to Help Kids Who Cut

CTV news in Canada reports “recent statistics show an unprecedented spike in ER visits for kids in mental health crises in Ottawa. In 2012-13, it reported that 2,900 children and teens under 18 sought help — up 64 per cent since 2009-10.”

A similar spike in self harm is reported in America. Many youth pastors I talk to, are at their wits end. Just before I got up to speak at a youth event a while back, they brought a girl up to the front. She had fresh bandages from her wrist to her elbows. They were anxious for me to  help. I prayed with tears but inside I knew that there were also things her family and youth workers would need to do for her.

I am not the expert on this but I’d like to share with you 3 critical ways we can help that I am learning from experts.

SEX – too little or too big of a deal?

 

If you work with students the topic of sex is bound to come up.  Doug Fields has a joke where he says students want to know about sex and end times and if you can have sex during the end times.

The question I often get is, “What’s the big deal about sex?”  Do we make too big of a deal about it or do we not make enough of a deal about sex?

Unfortunately, I think society and even the church only talk about and address the surface of this issue.  Paul however digs deep into the results that sex actually have in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.

I think when we address sex, as Paul did, we will be making the proper deal of a subject that is sensitive but extremely important.  Let’s look at what Paul said.

How to Talk to Your Teenagers About Sex

So your students are surrounded by sex all the time.  It is hard to watch a movie, surf the internet, or pick up a novel without some message about sex being shared.  Some of these messages are healthy, but let’s be honest many are not.  Unfortunately the church has been very poor at being a strong voice in teaching our students about sex.

So the simple question is what are you doing to help your students have a biblical view of their sexuality.

3 Tips On Helping Students Deal With Porn

If you spend more than five minutes working with students you are going to have a guy or yes even a girl come to you after a service, during a trip to McDonald’s or in the middle of your small group and say that they struggle with looking at porn.  Unfortunately, this is such a pervasive and prevalent issue in our society that you must have a response ready in that moment.  Here are three tips when talking to the student that I have found helpful.