Inviting Events, Outreach Event Ideas

Coffee House

We live in a small town where there is not much to do and not much close by (45 min to nearest theatre, shopping, etc). I hold a “Coffee House” 2 times a month where kids can gather in a safe atmosphere. We play pool, ping pong, foosball, cards, karaoke, and yes, we even have coffee with light snacks.

We don't have a lesson or speaker…just let the kids gather under Christian supervision. We have pulled in kids from the whole community. It gets them to the church without pressuring them. Once they've come to coffee house a couple of times, they are usually ready to come to Wednesday night services, Sunday school, and church.

We stared out with 5 kids for the first Coffee House and we are now up to over 30 kids for our Wednesday night services. We have really been able to reach a lot of kids this way.
Jennifer Felsberg, Youth Pastor, Social Circle United Methodist, Social Circle, GA

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Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Bullying Breakthrough; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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  1. Erica
    September 1, 2013 at 12:00 am

    This is a superb idea. I’m glad I found this site seeing as I work with the youth of my church. I’m very concerned for our next generation.

  2. Jacob
    January 28, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Really love this idea, how do you go about promoting it to the students?

  3. Fran Foster
    January 19, 2019 at 7:46 am

    I Love your coffee club idea and we have been running something similar once per month on a Sunday evening (with free pizza, coke and doughnuts) in our local rural church in the UK. We have now grown to approx 21 young people attending who would not otherwise come to church. My question is how do you do structure your Wednesday night services so that your young people are encouraged to attend? I don’t want to change the format of the Sunday evening event as it might lose the young people we’ve been building up relationships with, but we need to move them forward into building a relationship with Christ. Thank you for any advice you can give.

  4. Jonathan McKee
    January 21, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    Fran… good question. I’m not sure if Jennifer, the original person adding this post will ever see this and answer, but I think Rob answered this pretty well in this article: https://thesource4ym.com/when-soccer-trumps-youth-group/

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