Beauty Bash is an outreach that combines a talk on outer/inner beauty and hands-on time with cosmetics. It finishes with a gospel message and an invitation to receive Christ.
- Ask a professional make-up artist and/or hair stylist to do a make-over on one girl while others watch. Then have the other girls do each other’s faces and hair.
- Have a variety of make-up (professional, if possible, as well as have participants bring their own) and just let everyone “go to it.”
- With a group of less than 10 girls, you can usually arrange a local Mary Kay consultant to talk through different girls’ make-over.
PREPARATION FOR THE BASH:
- Have several teen magazines sitting out for the girls to look at. You will also want to refer to these magazines in your talk.
- Work on your talk and transition into the gospel.
- Prepare a student to share her personal testimony. The person must be prepared and have an outline of her testimony memorized beforehand. (Note: An adult can do it if a student is not able, but having a student do it is preferable.)
- Bring 3″x 5″ cards for responses. (You can link to the “outreach comment cards” in the related links section.)
- Prepare refreshments such as cookies and soda. (It is great to get parents involved this way; they will catch a vision for what you are doing!)
- Have girls help host the event, bring make-up, curlers, and other beauty items to use. The girls can even run the different beauty stations if you don’t have a professional coming. The bash is just as fun without a professional.
- Set up stations for girls to run. (Plan on letting girls spend at least 20-30 minutes in each station. If this is an all- nighter, or you have more than three hours, give each station more time.)
- Hair Station The girls can bring curling irons, hair jell, etc. to do current hair styles on their friends.
- Make-up Station Make sure there are extra cotton-swabs, etc. for girls to apply make up on their friends.
- Nail Station Have the girls bring nail polish, cotton balls, and polish remover and let them do manicures/pedicures on their friends.
- Game Station Often times there are girls who don’t get into make-up, but you want them to attend the bash. It’s good to have an alternative to the make-up by having games taking place.
THE FLOW OF THE BASH:
- Official welcome
- Mingle and snacks
- Beauty & game stations (see game ideas)
- Program-have someone share talk (given below), and a student testimony relating to the talk. Transition to the gospel, pass out comment cards, have possible door prizes.
THINGS TO THINK THROUGH WITH YOUR STUDENTS:
- How will you advertise? (It’s fun for the students to make their own flyers and pass them out; this gives great ownership.)
- Who will do atmosphere? (set up, balloons, food set-up, music, etc.)
- Who will get prizes donated?
- Who will bring food?
- Who will be in charge of stations? (The girls can do this.)
- Who will MC the time?
- Who will give the talk and share the gospel?
- How will you pray for this event? (Maybe a prayer chain where each girl takes a day over a 14 day period.)
- Get two teams of two girls. One girl on the team gets a water gun, while her partner has shaving cream put on her nose. When you say “go”, the two girls with squirt guns have to try to be the first one to squirt the shaving cream off of their partner’s nose. To go with the theme of beauty, you could say, “we are going to help these 2 girls cleanse their faces . . .”
- This is a variation of game idea 1. Have girls get into teams of equal amounts of people. (If there are 30 in the game section, break them up into three teams of 10.) Each girl on each team needs to have a dab of shaving cream put on their nose. Each team is given a squirt bottle. The game is a relay to see which team will have all of its’ members have the shaving cream fully squirted off their noses. The first team done wins.
- Get three teams of three girls. On each team, one girl will sit in a chair, one girl will stand behind her blind-folded, and one girl will be given a tube of lipstick, blush, and eye-shadow to hold. When you say “go”, the blindfolded girls will have one minute to put as much make-up on the sitting girl as possible, while trying to put it in the appropriate place. (the girl with the make-up is there to help hand the blind-folded girl the make-up.)
Note: This talk is very simple so students can easily adapt it and present it themselves. Students often are more effective than staff with this talk.
- The World’s View
How many of you would like to be beautiful and feel beautiful every day?
All of us want others to see us as beautiful people. Part of the reason for that is vanity. But, part of it is a desire to be appreciated for who we are. Unfortunately, the world usually judges people based on what they look like on the outside, rather than who they are on the inside. Our culture puts a great deal of emphasis on physical beauty. You could even say that we are obsessed with beauty and beautiful people.
(Show some magazine pictures of beautiful women.)
Just look at these magazine pictures which depict what beauty looks like. This is what the world says we are supposed to look like. However, many of us look at ourselves in the mirror and realize that we fall short of this standard of beauty.
- Our View
Looking at these ultimate examples of beauty tends to make many of us somewhat uncomfortable. Why? Most of us don’t measure up to these standards of physical beauty and we know it. We have too many curves in too many places and when our hair is windblown, it looks windblown, not sexy. And we actually sweat. And our make-up gets messed up!
Are you really comfortable with who you are and the way you are made? Do you accept and like yourself?
a. Deep down, most of us probably don’t – at least not totally.
b. That is the reason so many of us spend so much time trying to change the way we look.
- How many of you wish you had longer/thinner legs?
- How many of you wish that your hair was straighter? curlier? thicker?
- How many of you wish that you had a smaller nose? fuller lips? longer eyelashes? higher cheek bones? a more shapely figure?
- How many of you want blue eyes? brown eyes? no freckles?
The tragedy is that most of us judge ourselves and others on the basis of physical appearance. A natural result of using outward appearance as our standard of worth is comparison – comparing what she has with what I have!
[Give personal example from your high school days of someone you wanted to look like.
- Inner beauty
Intuitively, we know that beauty is more than skin deep. For example, think of the guy who your best friend likes. To you, he’s “okay” but to your friend, he’s the best looking guy in the school. He has qualities she likes. Haven’t you ever looked at a couple and said, “How did he end up with her?”
In the long run, inner beauty is more important than outer beauty.
So why don’t we spend as much time cultivating inner beauty as we do outward beauty? You probably spend at least one hour per day in front of the mirror trying to beautify your exterior. How much time do you spend developing your inner character? When I say character, I’m talking about those inside qualities like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are character qualities God produces in the lives of those He has a personal relationship with.
- God specializes in making people beautiful on the inside.
- He is the ultimate source of all that is good and desirable.
- In order for Him to work in our lives, we must have a relationship with Him.
- In order to know Him personally, we need to understand some very important facts about God and ourselves.
1. God loves you.
The first thing you need to know to have a personal relationship with God is that God loves you very much. In fact, He loves you more than your family loves you and even more than you love yourself. God even went so far as to prove His love for us. Does anybody here know how he did that?
According to John 3:16:”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Even though God loves us, there is a serious problem that prevents us from having a personal relationship with Him. That problem is called sin. Sin is like our blemishes. Ugly!
2. Man is sinful and separated from God
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Sin simply means “falling short of perfection”, which is the moral standard God demands from us. Notice that ALL people are sinful. Unfortunately, there are serious consequences to our sin problem.
It says in Romans 6:23,”For the wages of sin is death.”
The “wages of sin” means the payment or penalty for our sin. The penalty of our sin is death. This death is not just physical death, but also spiritual death, which means spiritual separation from God forever. That’s what hell is. Some people believe that they can overcome this separation from God by trying to be good. But, God tells us that no matter how hard we try to make ourselves acceptable to Him through our own efforts, we can never be good enough. Why? Doing good deeds on the outside doesn’t change the fact that we are still sinful on the inside. You see, God looks at our hearts.
For example, let’s say that a group of people wanted to swim from California to Hawaii. Now we know that’s impossible for anyone, but this is for illustration. Some will swim further than others, but nobody even comes close to making it to the shore. All fall short of the goal. The Bible says that there is only one way to bridge the spiritual separation which exists between us and God. That way is through the person of Jesus Christ.
3. Jesus Christ is God’s ONLY provision for man’s sin.
The Bible says that because of His great love for us, God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ, lived a sinless life here on earth, and then died a horrible death on a cross. Jesus, being without sin, paid the penalty for our sins through his death. The fact that Jesus is the only way for us to have a relationship with God and go to heaven is evident in a statement that Jesus Himself made to His disciples.
Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
(Jesus is the one who will cleanse us from our blemishes and wipe them away.)
4. We must individually receive Christ.
It’s not enough to know that God loves us and that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. In order to experience God’s love and forgiveness, and to go to heaven when we die, the Bible says that we must first acknowledge we are sinful and separated from God. Having done that, we must then put our complete trust in Jesus Christ alone to forgive us of our sins, doing so with a repentant (turning away from our sin) heart. The Bible refers to this decision to place our faith in Jesus as receiving Christ.
It says in John 1:12,”Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
It’s very important to understand that it’s only by our faith in Christ and what He did for us on the cross that we are saved – It’s not from doing good works.
In Ephesians 2:8-9, it says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Also, Hebrews 11:6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
5. The Prayer
Perhaps there are some of you here today who have never made the decision to trust Christ as your personal Savior, but you realize that you need Him. I would like to give those of you who are in that category an opportunity to make that decision. In a moment, I am going to ask all of us to bow our heads and close our eyes while I say a brief prayer. Those of you who want to ask Jesus to forgive you and come into your life can pray that prayer along with me silently as I say it aloud. The prayer that I am going to pray goes something like this:
“Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for me to pay the penalty for my sins. Please forgive me of all of my sins and come into my life. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person that you created me to be. Thank you for saving me from my sin and for giving me eternal life. Amen.”
If that prayer expresses the desire of your heart, then pray it silently to God as I pray it aloud. Remember, this is a decision of faith that only you can make. Nobody else can do it for you. Let’s all bow our heads. (Pray here again.)
(This is a good time to have a student share her testimony about how knowing God personally has made a big difference in how she views herself and how He has begun to develop the beautiful character in her life. She can encourage them once again to make a decision for Christ.)
If you just prayed this prayer and put your trust in Christ, the Bible promises you that Christ came into your life. It also says that you are now in God’s family, He will never leave you or forsake you, and you now have eternal life with Christ!
What I would like to do now is get some feedback from all of you. [Have some students pass out index cards and pencils now.] Everyone take a card and pencil. As soon as you get them, please write your name, address, phone number and grade in the upper left-hand corner.
[Give the students a few minutes to write the information.]
Now I’d like to ask you to write any comments or questions that you have about today. For example, what did you like about the today? Do you have any questions or comments about beginning a relationship with God?
[After you have given them some time to write their comments, get their attention.]
There are some of you here who, for the first time in your life, put your complete trust in Jesus Christ to save you from your sins and come into your life. If you are one of those people who SINCERELY prayed that prayer to God for the first time, we’d like to know so we can give you information that will help you grow in your new relationship with God. If you asked Christ into your life, put an “X” in the lower right-hand corner of your card (or check the appropriate box on the comment card.) When done, fold your card and pass it to the end of your row.
[Ask students to collect cards.]
8. Have a drawing for the door prizes with the comment cards.
9. Make sure to invite students to your next gathering, Bible study, etc. and give them a flyer.
10. Mingle, snacks, continue meeting girls.