Schools “Don’t Leave God at the Door”
3rd-4th Grade Programs
Understanding Bully Behavior
(50 min.) Through age specific stories, Jim weaves his message with “Don’t Leave God at the Door” while creating a “safe place” atmosphere. With this program Jim introduces the definition of bully behavior including, in some detail, physical and verbal violence. Attention is also given to the two types of victims, the passive and the provocative. Appropriate for both youth fellowship and Vacation Bible School, Jim teaches a wonderful song that the kids are encouraged to sing as their teacher determines how well they’ve taken care of each other during their ongoing time together.
5th-6th Grade Programs
Behavior is the Key: Part 1
(90 min.) Through his “call me Jim” approach, students learn more about bully behavior and are also introduced to Jim. Some important points that identify bully behavior are shared, in addition to facts like “85 % of students are bystanders when some one is being hurt.” Jim advises these young people that leadership is about reaching out to the victim and taking the power away from the bully. He conducts a confidential survey that helps church groups identify how their youth are doing emotionally and whether or not they believe that change can occur. Ever encouraging them “not to leave God at the door,” Jim uses the sharing of how his son was killed by a drunken driver, who was bullied as a youth by being ‘left out.’ This story motivates youth to reach out to others and to understand that the future potential of faithfully following God’s plan is in their own hands.
Behavior is the Key – Part 2
6th Grade Program
90 min.- Deepening his message in a continuing age appropriate way, Jim helps students learn that there are actually 3 types of victims most preyed on by bullies and how being a bystander gives a bully power. Through Jim’s use of the “Broken Toy” video your church’s youth gain, not only empathy for a passive victim, but positive steps they can take. They experience how befriending the victim and stripping a bully’s power by refusing to be bystanders is a way to live their faith.
7th-8th Grade Programs
Stepping Up to the Plate
(90 min.) Through his use of 4 stories, one which brings a student out of the audience, Jim addresses the verbal and social violence most prevalent in these age groups. Young people learn the devastating effects of rumors, cliques, and snide remarks as they are given a chance to do some writing about what’s true followed by discussion. “Don’t Leave God at the Door” weaves it’s way as an underlying theme in encouraging fearless faith.
Through Jim’s facilitation, gang members have stood to apologize to their peers, popular clique leaders have vowed to be more inclusive, and shy students with low self-esteem have asked for friendship. Jim leads this age group masterfully toward acceptance, kindness, and authenticity.
9th-10th Grade Programs
Drinking & Driving: Affects Many People
(90 min.) Jim’s career started with this assembly, dealing with the issues of drinking, driving and making good/bad choices. He calls it “The Play” because his audience takes on the characters in the story: i.e. Jim’s family and a guy name Roy. Roy is the young man who was a loser during his own school life leading to becoming the drunken driver who killed Jim’s son. Through playing the roles of Jim’s family after the accident the students discover one of the most important messages contained in this assembly – “no one lives in a cocoon.” Bad choices impact hundreds of other people. Jim believes that nowhere is the message of what happens when young people “leave God at the door” more important to maintain than it is here. Your church or your organization’s youth group will be the better for having heard it.