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Spring Calendaring

Are you thinking about your Spring Calendar yet? You should be! Here are two sample spring calendars for new youth ministry programs. Use these as a starting point and adapt to your unique calendar.

Before calendaring, be sure you know when you are meeting. Are you off for Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day, or Mother’s Day? How do Ash Wednesday and Easter affect when you meet? Once you know the dates you are meeting, start plugging in Life Nights and moving them around until your calendar is complete.

The formula for a dynamic semester is a Social Life Night, followed by a Life Night Series, followed by another Social Life Night or Issue Life Night. This keeps Life Teen fun, informative, relevant, and most importantly, focused on leading teens closer to Christ.

Sample Calendar #1

January
Week 1: Off for New Years
Week 2: Illuminate (Social)
Week 3: Alone (Belong Series)
Week 4: Invited (Belong Series)

February
Week 1: Accepted (Belong Series)
Week 2: Needed (Belong Series)
Week 3: The Elephant on My Chest (Issue)
Week 4: Running Blind (Social)

March
Week 1: Ashes to Ashes (Lent)
Week 2: The Wound (Rx Series)
Week 3: The Doctor (Rx Series)
Week 4: The Appointment (Rx Series)

April
Week 1: The Prescription (Rx Series)
Week 2: Work the Work (Merciful Series)
Week 3: Trust (Merciful Series)
Week 4: Alleluia! Alleluia! (Easter)

May
Week 1: Divine Mercy Life Night (we are currently creating this Life Night)
Week 2: Family Portrait (Issue)
Week 3: Stressed Out (Social)
Week 4: End of Year Life Night (we are currently creating this Life Night)

Sample Calendar #2

January
Week 1: Off for New Years
Week 2: Lights Out Dodgeball (Social)
Week 3: God or Unicorn? (Question Everything Series)
Week 4: Religion or Freedom? (Question Everything Series)

February
Week 1: Holy or Hypocrite? (Question Everything Series)
Week 2: Trust or Fear? (Question Everything Series)
Week 3: A Time Such As This (Issue)
Week 4: Lip Sync Battle (Social)

March
Week 1: Desert-ed (Lent)
Week 2: Misercordia (Merciful Series)
Week 3: Work the Work (Merciful Series)
Week 4: Top of the Morning (St. Patrick)

April
Week 1: Filled First (Merciful Series)
Week 2: Trust (Merciful Series)
Week 3: Uum (Triduum)
Week 4: Encounter (Presence Series)

May
Week 1: Belong (Presence Series)
Week 2: Restore (Presence Series)
Week 3: Give (Presence Series)
Week 4: End of Year Life Night (we are currently creating this Life Night)

Other resources to be aware of this spring
Want another Kick-Off Option? Look at Are You Cereal, Get Social, or Back to Basics.

Dead is another great option for Lent

Consider adding a Summit Small Group this Lent in addition to Life Nights.

About the Author

Lily Hannan

When people ask where I am from, I respond, "THE WHOLE WORLD!" As a kid we moved around and my Dad raised me knowing that "the world is my backyard." I have now put down roots in Phoenix and serve as the Coordinator of Diocesan Collaborations and Curriculum Support at Life Teen, but I still enjoy traveling for business and leisure across the globe. I am delighted to combine my passion for travel, mission, and people with my youth ministry expertise to help parishes and diocese lead teens closer to Christ. When not at work you can find me lifting weight at Crossfit, up a mountain, or under the sea with my friends and family. If you have any curriculum related questions, you can contact Lily at lhannan@lifeteen.com