This is a different kind of summer for teens and preteens with online church, physical distancing, and questions about what school will look like in the Fall. Help your youth stay connected to God in this season. The Media Center has books to read, movies to watch, and fun virtual activities that will keep them thinking and talking about their developing faith.
Do you also have younger kids at home? See our list of activity books, videos, Bible lessons, picture books, and more that you can borrow for them.
If you see something you would like to borrow, all you need to do is fill out the Resource Request Form. The NC Conference Media Center is a free service open to anyone involved with a United Methodist Church in the North Carolina Conference.
Give your teens and preteens something different to do with their time at home that will help them grow in faith and connect with God. These activities can be done with friends on a virtual chat, with family, or on their own.
Cardversations is a deck of cards that offers over 100 discussion starter questions. The leader instructions include a variety of ways to use the cards with friends and family.
The Quadrilateral Game is a Wesleyan trivia game on CD-ROM. Just pop it into your computer and share your screen for a virtual game, or have fun with your family at home. Includes different levels for youth, children, family, and scholars.
Bible Puzzles for a Year offers tons of reproducible activities that teach Bible verses, Bible skills, and Bible messages to kids ages 9–11.
Enjoy the Silence: A 30 Day Experiment in Listening to God is a guide to Lectio Divina for youth. Introduce your teens to a new spiritual practice. This book’s simple exercises will take them through the process of reading Scripture, meditating on Scripture, listening to God through Scripture, and responding to Scripture.
Give these movies to your youth to watch with friends on a virtual chat or watch with your family. Include videos in their screen time that will grow their faith and spark conversation.
- God’s Chisel: Revealing an Original Masterpiece from The Skit Guys seeks to remind us that we are God’s handiwork. (9-11 min.)
- Show Me the Funny also from The Skit Guys is a collection of some of their funnier skits. (98 min. total)
- The Revolutionary: Epic Version. This fast-paced film on Jesus, made in HD, shows his life and teaching in a way that arrests the attention of audiences. (97 min.)
- To Save a Life is a powerful indie movie about the real-life challenges of teens and their choices. A companion book to this movie is also available. (120 min.)
- Secrets in the Snow. This movie of high school students stranded together in a closed school confronts issues such as body image, identity crisis, bankruptcy, military leave, and finding answers to life’s struggles through Christianity. (90 min.)
- Agent Abbey. This drama reveals not only the harsh realities of being a Christian in a restricted nation such as China but also the all-too-common ignorance of Christians in the free world. (30 min.)
- Jacob’s Ladder. In this TV series, young teens are transported to Bible times where they interact with timeless characters and learn of a loving God who cares for His people throughout all the ages. (30 min. episodes)
- Movie Nights for Teens: 25 More Movies to Spark Spiritual Discussions with your Teen. This book adds substance to your movie viewing with discussion questions, scripture, and Christian analysis.
Give your youth something to think about as they prepare for the next year of school that will look quite different. How will they apply their faith in these challenging times?
- A Christian Teenager’s Guide to Surviving High School by Ashley Conner. Conner shares advice to her younger brother who is entering high school as a freshman.
- God’s Graffiti: Inspiring Stories for Teens by Romal Tune. Highlighting noted “at-risk” youth in the Bible and sharing his own story of growing up in poverty amid crime and violence, Rev. Tune details how obstacles can become opportunities through faith.
- Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens edited by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter. Through teen-friendly language and relevant examples, this book uses stories and ideas that make Christian practice come alive. Practices such as forgiveness, work, play, stuff, justice, prayer, food, and time are discussed as ways to nourish a more meaningful life offered by Jesus Christ.
- Tuning In: Six Ways to Reclaim Your Life from Technology by Adam McLane. Whereas the primary narrative of our faith defaults to the belief that living our lives online is ultimately negative, McLane takes readers on a journey of reorienting their lives with technology as an act of the incarnation, helping navigate the often difficult waters of when to tune out and when to tune in.
- Not a Fan: What Does It Really Mean to Follow Jesus? by Kyle Idleman. In this teen edition, Idleman uses humor, personal stories, and biblical truth as he challenges you to look at what it means to call yourself a Christian and follow the radical call Jesus presents.
- Pause, Then Think Again: The Teens’ Get-Started Guide to Success by Lois H. Wellons. This book explains the secrets of discerning between what is important in life and what is trivial, getting a jump on a successful career, making the best decisions, becoming a responsible citizen at home and at school, and learning to succeed as a contributor that knows your life’s purpose.
- Dare To Make A Difference In Your School (And Your Life) by Todd Hafer & Vicky Kuyper. This companion book to the movie, To Save a Life, provides teens with encouragement, practical instruction, and motivation for a life of faith and integrity.
- Generation Change: Roll Up Your Sleeves and Change the World by Zach Hunter. Teens will read stories of real students changing the world, and find tangible ideas they can use to be the generation of change.
- Lose Your Cool: Discovering a Passion that Changes You and the World by Zach Hunter. Another book by Hunter that shares stories of people who have used their passion to change the world so that teens may find their own world-changing passion ignited.
- Live to Give: Let God Turn Your Talents Into Miracles by Austin Gutwein. Gutwein shares how to take what may seem like the simplest of talents, gifts, and interests and use them for something Jesus can use to move mountains.
Request These Resources
These resources can be borrowed for free by anyone involved with a United Methodist Church in the North Carolina Conference. We will mail them to your home! All you need to do is fill out the Resource Request Form.
Free Online Resources
For free online resources for teens, definitely check out The Youth Worker Collective from Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church. They have been posting tons of fun games, activities, lessons, devotionals, podcasts, and more specifically for use during COVID-19 sheltering in place. You will find lots of great ideas here.