Pete’s Dragon is the newest family film from Disney. It is a brilliant film filled with adventure, laughs, and plenty of tear-jerkers. It is a great film to take a youth group, or other group, to. You can read my ponderings on the film here.
Below are some discussion questions you can use with your group. I’m sharing them here for those who are looking for such a resource. As a Christian educator, I should tell you, if you use these questions, don’t feel like you have to use them all. If anything, let the questions be a guide to having a conversation around the themes presented in the film.
I wrote this for our middle schoolers a few weeks ago to use in their Sunday morning small group. It’s a discussion that focuses on doubt and faith, and that we can trust in God.
I wrote this last year to use with my youth group after watching A Charlie Brown Valentine. It was a great discussion about God’s love in our lives.
The smell of Central American coffee was rich in the air. The roar of the blenders making smoothies filled the small coffee shop. High school students were slowly gathering in for their Thursday night ritual of coffee, cookies, smoothies, and Jesus. Andrew had been working as the youth minister at a small mainline Protestant church for a number of years. This small group of high school students had just started meeting at a local coffee shop recently. The owners of the shop had graciously allowed Andrew’s students to meet in the back of the coffee shop where sofas had been set up.
The high school students were scattered on the sofas, some were on the floor, and others had pulled chairs over. Then, Mike walked in. Mike was a freshman in high school. Middle school had not been good to him. He had been picked on, teased, bullied, beat up, face stuffed in lockers. You name it, it most likely happened to Mike. Mike was a tall and skinny guy, but he walked slummed over as if an old man beaten down by age. He found a space on one of the sofas, and slouched down into the sofa with his long legs extending higher into the air than his head.
We held a fundraiser at our church for the Youth Mission Fund where the congregation could “vote” for someone’s yard (choosing from four people) to get flocked with flamingos by the youth. Their votes were in dollars. The person with the most “votes” won the flocking. Well, I won this year, and here is the flocking: