by Steph Dodge 9/28/17
It’s a new school year, and these Back to School Prayer Stations can help your students process their worries and excitement, and prepare them to start a new year. Open the service with the Back to School liturgy from The Book of Uncommon Prayer 2 or with a liturgy like this one, then invite your students to go through these four prayer stations.
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-Alka-Seltzer tablets – one for each student
-A few glasses of water
-Play-Doh – enough for each participant
Give each station plenty of space so that your students are not crowded. If possible, use multiple rooms or one large room. The “Take What You Need” pages (3-8) should be cut so that each “need” can be pulled off by the student.
We are hearing from numerous youth ministers that during this season their plate is just too full. Caring for others is a ministry staple, but often it comes at the expense of caring for oneself. Self care for the Youth MInister is so important. If you don’t take time for yourself and your own relationship with God, not only will you suffer, but eventually your students will too.
We’ve created a Pandemic Youth Week curriculum bundle that combines elements of both a summer camp and a youth week. Many youth are missing out on both of these due to cancelled camps and trips among other cancelled important events your youth would usually attend. We’ve written this curriculum such that it can be used in person while socially distancing, online, or some combination of both.
Despite all the challenges the pandemic has presented to youth ministries, it has also created an opportunity to allow youth more involvement in worship. Although youth sunday will look very different this year, it is a great opportunity to empower our youth to be leaders. Youth’s comfort and familiarity with technology make them a great resource for churches who are seeking to move their worship services online for the first time.