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Activity: BBQ Ideas

Type/Purpose: Ideas, Outdoor, Seasonal—Summer

In the early summer, many congregations have celebrations for high schoolers graduating and junior highers coming up to the high school program. These ideas are the perfect excuse for a barbecue. Nothing says camaraderie like grilled meat, music in the background, outdoor activities, and times to connect.

  • Ask graduating high schoolers to come up with a signature burger, and include them in the offerings for food.
  • Ask participants to bring one topping, and create a massive topping bar. Encourage them to be creative.
  • Encourage families to come to the event, and have a best baked beans or barbecue sauce contest, asking the parents to compete.
  • Encourage youth and families to participate in the preparing of the food as much as possible.
  • Board games and/or swimming.
  • Include a Bible study on fellowship.

About the author

Sean Cramer graduated as a DCE from Concordia University, River Forest and served as a Program Assistant/Associate at Camp Lone Star in La Grange, TX. After moving back to his hometown near Rockford, IL, Sean currently works with Developmentally Disabled individuals. Aside from awaiting a Call in professional ministry again, Sean enjoys volunteering, reading, playing games, exercising and observing his dog be absolutely resistant to any new tricks.
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