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A podcast dedicated to the unique part of youth ministry that is middle school!

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Talking Squirrels - The Middle School Ministry Podcast Ronald Long

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A podcast dedicated to the unique part of youth ministry that is middle school!

Got a middle school ministry question? Email talkingsquirrelspodcast@gmail.com

    84 - Mourning, Loss, and Middle School Students

    84 - Mourning, Loss, and Middle School Students

    Life means that sometimes sad stuff is going to happen. This week Ronald and Michelle talk about some recent tragedies they have both faced, how they've handled them with their students, and how modeling mourning is good for the students we all spend time with.
    Do you try to hide when your sad or share with your students?
    How can you model mourning for your middle school group?
    Who has experienced loss recently in your group? Have you checked in on them?
    When do you let others around you know about your loss?
    Mentioned on the podcast: 
    Grieving a Friend - One-off talk on grief
    DYM Community Facebook Group
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    • 20 min
    Sunday Morning Squirrels - 01.26.20

    Sunday Morning Squirrels - 01.26.20

    Sunday Morning Squirrels:
    I've been sick the last few days. This morning I took cough medicine to help me get through the day. Turns out, it was NOT non-drowsy. I've been loopy all morning and gave what I think was my best middle school talk yet. I don't think these things are related, but they might be.
    Oh well!
    Another day in middle school ministry!
    Countdown Video:
    Vintage Jesus 04
    The last vintage Jesus video (that I'm area of!) was played this week. It's a little slow, but my students still got it. I'm hoping we can have some inside jokes with these lines. "What in the name of ME is going on in here?" is still my favorite.
    Games:
    Two of a Kind
    Instead of a competition all play game, this week we just did a mixer. I honestly loved this one because students kept finding new pairs of people to do the easy task with! A great game to get students together with new people!
    Total Recall
    This game was tough! It worked out for us though, because we brought up all of our January birthday students to play, so there were a lot on stage. I recommend this game, but make sure to give students a point for each of the three questions they get right for each video. Points are free so give them out!
    Songs:
    Burn like a Star
    Cornerstone
    Bible Study:
    This was the last week of "TWELVE", our study on the disciples of Jesus. This week we looked at when the disciples argued about being the best in the Kingdom. Jesus rebuked them (like multiple times, as we showed in our study) and told them that in order to lead, they must serve! 
    We then told students to focus on using their desires to live for God!
    Main Idea:
    Following Jesus means making His desires ours!
    Scripture:
    Matthew 20:21-28
    Mark 9:33-34
    Matthew 16:24-26
    Resources:
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    • 4 min
    Sunday Morning Squirrels - 01.19.20

    Sunday Morning Squirrels - 01.19.20

    Sunday Morning Squirrels:
    This Sunday's practice for worship was... long. Like, really long. Sometimes it goes well and other weeks, it was like this. It wasn't bad, just a lot. So we ended up having to do some catching up for the rest of the service. But it all made sense once we got there!
    Countdown Video:
    Vintage Jesus 03
    Since we're talking about Jesus, we wanted to show some misconceptions about Jesus. This was the second video we showed and it was hilarious. These videos are old, but they hold up!
    Games:
    50/50
    This is great! There are only two options for answers, so we had students choose one side of the room or the other for their answer. The students kept in it really well. Once we got down to just four students, we were able to bring them up on stage to play...
    Fluffy's Revenge
    Cat trivia! Honestly, the facts in this game were really funny and stumped some of my students. 
    Songs:
    Praise Before my Breakthrough
    Alive
    Bible Study:
    I get lost a lot. Especially if I don't have a GPS. But even when I do, I can get distracted. The same happens in our lives if we don't keep focused on Jesus. We challenged our students to do the same! Also, Jesus calling Peter Satan seemed to be really funny to our students. 
    Main Idea:
    Focus on Jesus!
    Scripture:
    Luke 5:27-32
    Resources:
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    Sunday Morning Squirrels - 01.12.20

    Sunday Morning Squirrels - 01.12.20

    Sunday Morning Squirrels:
    Now we find a rythym! With two weeks under our belt, it's beginning to feel like a good time to get back to ministry! I love these students and the challenge they give us each week!
    Countdown Video:
    Vintage Jesus 02
    Since we're talking about Jesus, we wanted to show some misconceptions about Jesus. This was the second video we showed and it was hilarious. These videos are old, but they hold up!
    Games:
    Arrows
    Do you REALLY want your crew to get stumped? Have them play this brainy Arrow game! It's a really thought cruncher. We played as a large group with arrows printed off and put on the walls so people could choose their answer. Those who survived came up to play...
    Finger Pants
    This was a funny game, forcing students to think about simple objects with a different name. It went really well!
    Songs:
    Death was Arrested
    Give Me Faith
    Bible Study:
    This was the second week of a series called "Twelve" which focuses on Jesus calling some of His disciples. This time we looked at Matthew (or Levi's) calling out of being a tax collector and into the life of a disciple of Jesus! When he decided to follow Jesus, he threw a party for his very worldly friends, and the Pharisees had a problem with that. How do we react when someone who doesn't look/act/think like us turns to Christ?
    Main Idea:
    Rejoice when sinners turn to Jesus!
    Scripture:
    Luke 5:27-32
    Resources:
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    • 4 min
    83 - Here's to the New Year and New Things!

    83 - Here's to the New Year and New Things!

    Hello 2020! I've already written you down wrong every day of this new decade...
    Michelle and Ronald talk about the big things they are getting ready for in 2020 and what it means for their ministry to middle school students! From teaching series to the next big trip, Spring is here and so are the students! Let's go!
    How far in advance do you begin signing up for your next big retreat?
    Who needs to know what series are coming up and when they'll be?
    What is your overall theme for the Spring? Is it important to have one?
    What big meetings/seminars/parent support events do you have coming up?
    Mentioned on the podcast: 
    DYM Community Facebook Group
    Got a middle school ministry question?
    Email talkingsquirrelspodcast@gmail.com
    Need student ministry resources?
    Check out www.downloadyouthministry.com
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    • 18 min
    82 - Holiday Breaks and Hot Takes

    82 - Holiday Breaks and Hot Takes

    Just kidding. There aren't many hot takes. But Michelle and Ronald talk about what they're doing during their break over the Christmas and New Year holiday!
    What do you do with any natural breaks from "normal" programming?
    How far do you try to plan ahead?
    What helps you choose what to talk about in youth group?
    Mentioned on the podcast: 
    DYM Community Facebook Group
    Got a middle school ministry question?
    Email talkingsquirrelspodcast@gmail.com
    Need student ministry resources?
    Check out www.downloadyouthministry.com
    Do you listen to the Podcast? Consider leaving a review of the podcast!
    Social Media:
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    • 15 min

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