Kenny Campbell

Laser Pointer Day!

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This past Sunday morning will forever be remembered as “Laser Pointer Day” in our middle school environment.

That’s because every student that walked through our doors was handed a laser pointer.

Why would we give hundreds of middle school students laser pointers you might ask? Well, because it was fun!

We actually got the idea from NTS Sumer Camp, which did the same thing at one of their night sessions this year at all their camps. I loved the idea as soon as they told us about it and I knew that we would have to steal it from them (and borrow their laser pointers too – thanks Jayson!).

Here are a couple ways we incorporated the laser pointers into our service…

1. THE GAME

We played “Lamentations or Taylor Swift Lyric” from Download Youth Minstry. It was easy to adapt this game for Laser Pointer Day, all we had to do was add two boxes to the screen – one for Lamentations and one for Taylor Swift. The crowd pointed their lasers at whichever box they thought was the right answer and voilà… we had a laser pointer game.

2. WORSHIP

The laser pointers we used actually had an LED light as well as a laser on them. So, for one of our songs, we turned out all the lights and asked our students to push the LED light button. The effect was really cool – it looked like lightning bugs all across our room. For another song we used a large beach volleyball and told our students to point their lasers at it during the song. It was perfect for a high energy song and gave us another use for the lasers.

Overall, Laser Pointer Day was a huge hit. We love to hand things out at the door because it helps set the tone for the entire morning, and it’s a great way to build excitement and to put visitors at ease.

Have you ever given something away to every student at your door or something similar? Tell us about it!

  • Austin Walker

    terrifying and awesome. all at once.

  • Jay Reynolds

    I just might have to steal, I mean, implement this idea!

  • Patrick Fischl

    Did you let the students keep the laser pointers afterwards?

    • No, we handed them out at the door, and then collected them before the message. They had them for about 45 minutes.

  • Love! I would love to be a student in your youth group! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mariah Sherman

    I once threw 100 bouncy balls around the youth room during the middle of the talk (it reinforced the main point). I timed it with our tech guys so that the moment the ball were released, high energy music was suddenly pumping through the room. When it was time for the students to stop attacking each other for bouncy balls, the music stopped and all the students instinctively returned to their seats. Priceless.

    But laser pointers…that’s genius!

    • Mariah that’s awesome! I’m always looking for cool ideas, I might have to try bouncy balls soon!

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  • This looks like a ton of fun. I will need to find a hundred laser pointers.

  • scottfergu

    Where did you purchase them? As an NTS attender I’ve wanted to do this since camp, but can’t find cheap ones.

    • Scott,
      I just mentioned in the post that I borrowed them from NTS, but I don’t know what their plans are for them moving forward. Maybe contact NTS and see if you could rent/purchase/borrow them.

      Or just find a few other churches and split the cost and buy some to share.

    • scottfergu

      I must have skipped that. Whoops, I see it now, I’ll see what they’re doing with them. Thanks!

  • Matt Young

    I once found the One Minute Bible for Students at a really great price online. Someone had recently donated a sizable amount of money to the youth group, so I bought a bunch of the books and had them available for any student who wanted to take home. I figured passing out an easy way for kids to get into the Bible was a good use of money.

  • Middle School Ministry

    Did any of them shine them in your eye as your were speaking?

    • We handed them out as they walked in, and then collected them right before the message. I figured they would have been too distracting during the message and small groups.