Fun Things to Do for the Day of Dialogue®
Looking for ways to participate in the event? Here are some ideas …
During the days leading up to the event
Make sure you and your friends sign up to participate by downloading the free get-started guide! If you’ve already downloaded it, you can share it with others by giving them this link: focusonthefamily.com/empowerstudents
Post a Facebook status and/or Tweet about the event using using Day of Dialogue graphics to tell your friends about the event and invite them to participate.
Find out what the proper procedures are and make sure you follow them. Then make plans for downloading and printing enough cards and posters for all of your friends to distribute!
You can also plan in advance to have special activities (see some ideas below in the On The Day Of The Event section).
Each week, pick a new Day of Dialogue “Weekly Challenge” to do with your friends–and then post about what happened!
Start a “God Cares” Facebook/Twitter/Text campaign. Send messages to your friends reminding them that “God Cares,” along with a link to one of the Day of Dialogue articles that you like. (See the “Dig Deeper” section.)
Share the Day of Dialogue student-created videos online with friends!
On the day of the event
Display Day of Dialogue posters. (Don’t forget to get permission and follow the proper procedure for displaying posters—this requires planning several weeks in advance! You might need to actually plan to put up the posters the morning of the event or the evening before.)
Distribute Conversation Cards before and after class (during noninstruction time).
Host a “Get the Conversation Started” lunch meeting. You can use the articles on this Web site to help you create “conversation starter” questions and discussion ideas to get people talking. Put your discussion questions on index cards, distribute them, and let people take turns asking the questions.
Host a before or after-school event, or lunchtime event, (as long as it’s not during any instruction or teaching time) featuring a speaker who can provide a faith-based perspective on relationship and sexuality issues. For this kind of activity, it is a good idea to obtain the help and sponsorship of a Christian student club at your school. Your youth group could also help sponsor an off-campus event, and you could invite your friends to attend the event on Facebook.
You can also write invitations to the event—including the place, time and location—on the back of the Conversation Cards that you are distributing.
For a speaker, consider inviting a local pastor or youth leader. Or you could invite someone who has experienced homosexuality and walked out of it to share their story.
Share a favorite song featured in the Fun Stuff section by sending a link via Facebook, Twitter or text message to friends and classmates. Remind them that “God Cares” and explain what the song means to you.
Send your favorite Scripture by sending a link via Facebook, Twitter or text to friends and classmates. Remind them that “God Cares” and explain what the Bible verse means to you.