Catholic Girls’ Club for Tweens is Here!
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If you have seen the Be Yourself: a Journal for Catholic Girls, you probably were reminded of teen magazines and fun activities girls in 7th grade would have enjoyed back in – oh, 1987?
Many pages of the journal are meant to be shared.
The adolescent girl is very social, so creating a resource for her that celebrates and incorporates that into the book was a high priority for me.
The book also invites the girls to write in private, but giving them a fun way to open the book and get started just seemed like the perfect idea.
The Be Yourself Journal Club: a Guide for Parents and Teachers.
Now, only available in the Catholic Mom Back to School Bundle!
The Be Yourself Journal Club Guide is a tool for parents, teachers and youth ministers who want young girls to get the most out of the Be Yourself Journal.
This guide uses a group setting for young peers to complete many of the activities that are in Be Yourself: a Journal for Catholic Girls. This guide will help the girls “jump-start” their journal in a way that is exciting, fun and meaningful.
The Be Yourself Journal Club Guide provides five (5) meeting agendas. Each agenda will direct the adult leaders on which activities to focus on, what supplies to have ready, how to run the meeting that includes prompts for discussions.
A Be Yourself Journal Club can have 2 to 12 attendees! Small groups are great for these meetings, so ideal group size is around 8 girls.
Need a copy of the girl’s Be Yourself Journal? Get it here!
This Catholic Tween Girls’ Club – The Be Yourself Journal Club – will allow pre-teen girls to get excited about God’s plan and mission that is uniquely her own!
The Be Yourself Journal Club is organized in a way that the group will meet together on 5 (five) separate occasions. You can get the entire guide in the Back to School Catholic Mom Bundle!!!
Theme for 1st Meeting: You are Unique and Unrepeatable
The first night (or day) will be the day each girl decorates the back cover of their book. This meeting will be much like a fun scrapbooking party!
Supplies needed: A Be Yourself Journal for each club member, holy cards, scrapbooking paper, washi tape, Catholic stickers, a speaker/ radio,/computer for Christian music to be played.
Optional item: Nail Rack to display Catholic Stickers
You can see more about how this looks here: A Must Have at Your Next Catholic Retreat: Introducing the Catholic Sticker Bar
Theme for 2nd Meeting: God’s Love and Expectations
The second meeting will start with a fun game of “Would You Rather” that is a page in the journal. Girls will learn or re-learn that the Lord created the whole world for us to enjoy, but in turn, we are to offer all back to Him. Saints Catherine of Siena and Saint Teresa of Calcutta will offer the girls practical advice through letters and the girls will enjoy another scrapbooking activity – this time with pictures of themselves and their loved ones!
Supplies needed: The girls should have their journals at every meeting. Printed pictures/photographs of each girl with loved ones and friends. Pictures with just one other person are best (take some pictures during the first meeting and have them printed and available this meeting, but tell the girls to bring photos too!!); gel pens, washi tape, scrapbooking paper and scissors.
Theme for Meeting 3: Prayer
The third meeting will discuss prayer. The variety of ways people pray will be discussed. The importance of gratitude will be stressed. Girls will walk in hearing the Gregorian Chant in the background, they will take a “Prayer Style” quiz and they will design a prayer room!
Stained glass scrapbooking paper might be fun!
These stickers might be fun to have on hand too!
Theme for 4th Meeting: Feelings and Faves
This meeting will start with a prayer and a discussion around the idea and feeling of “peace”.
Girls will name songs that they think sound peaceful. Saint Katharine Drexel’s advice “Peacefully do at each moment what needs to be done” will be discussed. Leaders will guide a dialogue around the topics of hurt feelings and forgiveness. The meeting will end with a collage making activity – praying for their favorite celebs!
Supplies needed: Magazines with popular singers, actors, etc., glue, Taylor Swift stickers?, Leaders may want to ask girls about favorite movies, musicians etc. the first night and see if you can find any magazines or go on Etsy and look for stickers featuring their favorites.
Theme for 5th and Final Meeting: Talents, Gifts and Discovering God’s Mission
The girls will be able to talk about activities they enjoy, sports or skills they would like to try one day, and how they may discover hidden talents throughout their lives. A letter from The Little Flower, Saint Therese’, will remind them that what is most important are not great deeds, but great love.
The meeting will end with a fun “scavenger” hunt that is a page within the journal. Making bracelets optional.
Supplies needed: Be Yourself Journals for each girl in attendance, gel pens, markers, colored pencils, individually wrapped bubble gum pieces and individually wrapped hard candy, band-aids, dollar store lipstick, stickers and small stones (all of these are a part of the “scavenger hunt”!)
Would you like extra help or for me to come and visit your group? Book a call here!