Here is an idea for Sunday school lessons for youth that works so well especially at the beginning of a new year. During one of the first sessions early in the year, create characters and give them personalities, making sure to incorporate anything that the students suggest.
Each week, add a paragraph onto the story that incorporates the Sunday school lesson or childrens church lesson for that week, making sure that the story still makes sense. Review what you have already written before adding on, and remind the students that if they are not in class, they will miss you on creating the next part of the story!
Each student should get a piece of construction paper and copy down the paragraph written that day. They can decorate the page as they wish, and each week, you can add their pages together. At the end of the year, or set of sessions, the story should be finished, and the students can take home their pages. Together, you can bind them with string or staples, and the kids will have a lasting example of their creativity.