Create and Craft
Design savvy and creative appeals don’t have to be at odds with a congregation of an older generation. At my Methodist church in Virginia Beach, Va., we are often blessed with some creative slide shows and presentations from our youth groups. Organize a youth media team and allow them to create the service’s media pieces from designing and writing the basic Sunday bulletin to creating audio and visual appeal during the main worship service. Have the team design an up-to-date looking bulletin that incorporates new layout ideas that puts some spunk into the hands as they walk through the sanctuary doors. Of course, teaching a design 101 course to your teens isn’t a bad idea, either. First lesson: never use more than two, three at tops, fonts on a single page or in an entire bulletin. Have them bring in copies of Web pages or magazines and discuss why they like what they like. Again, make connections. Many churches use a visual appeal with slide shows behind the pulpit that correspond with the Sunday morning message. Why not have the media teams create them? With a little guidance, the youth media team could create some visual appeal that parallels the tone, style, and mood of the message.