Warm up the group by seeing how much attention they were paying in the past year. Split into small teams and present a series of trivia questions both about world events from the past year and events within your own group or church. You can keep this less competitive by providing each group with a small chalkboard. The group leader asks the question, gives each team a minute or so to decide upon and write their answer, and then all groups show the leader their written responses simultaneously. Every team with a correct response gets a point. (Want to be a little more raucous? Give each team a noise maker and let them sound it when they have an answer ready).
Share the origin of the word "January" and invite your youth to do some reflecting on the past and future. Post a series of flip chart pages or poster boards with different titles (see below) around the room. Youth should move in their small groups in turn to each poster and write or draw their reponses. Limit time at each poster to about 3 minutes and then have each team move to a new poster. Possible headings could include: Looking Back: What Can We Celebrate About Last Year? Predictions: What Do You Want to Do Together in the New Year? (e.g. activities, events, trips, experiences, changes) Epiphany 1: What Do You Want to Shed some Light on This Year (e.g. what do you want to learn, study, talk about?) Epiphany 2: Where Can We Shed Some Light this Year? (e.g. where can we serve, help, be in mission?) Which Endings Will We Observe/Celebrate This Year? Which Beginnings Will We Experience This Year? Next, provide each person with about ten stickers and give them a few minutes to review all the responses on the posters. As they do so, they are invited to put a sticker next to ideas, suggestions, statements by others that they like the most. Just remind them: only 10 votes per person. Later, you can review the posters to determine which ideas seem to connect most with the group overall and possibly intergrate these into your plans for the rest of the school year and beyond.
Close with a time of worship by sitting in a circle and giving to each youth a battery-operated LED votive candle. Challenge your youth to think of one significant way in the coming week that they can bring the light of Christ into the lives of the people around them (or perhaps one way they will bring light to your ministry together in the new year). Go around the circle, inviting each person to "light" their votive and share their plan for being a light in the darkness (if some youth choose not to share aloud, simply have them light their votive and then move on to the next person). Close in prayer and send the youth home with their candle, challenging them to light it as least once a day as a reminder of their commitment.
All activities were taken from http://www.youthpastor.com/news/index.cfm/Celebrating_Epiphany_in_Youth_Ministry_10697.htm#.Vo0vF7crLnA