By Dietrich Kirk
This prayer guide is perfect to use for your youth group during Lent or as a part of a special Holy Week service.
In the 90s, there was a Christian band called Seven Places. They didn’t last very long, but their band name and a song on the album inspired me to write this guided prayer meditation. Jesus bled from seven places during the crucifixion—each hand, both feet, his head, his side, and his back.
Supplies for each station:
Hands: nails, bowls, towels, and soap
Feet: baby powder, baby wipes, and a roll of black or tan paper or plastic
Side: spear or pictures of a spear, javelin, or something similar
Head: crown of thorns (you can order one online or borrow one from a liturgical congregation if yours does not own one)
All stations need pictures of the crucifixion, candles, tissues, and copies of the station-specific prayer guide.
About Dietrich Kirk:
Dietrich“Deech” Kirk has been in youth ministry for 20+ years. He served as the youth minister of Brentwood United Methodist Church for six years before becoming the Executive Director of the CYMT in 2006. He continues to serve as one of Brentwood’s associate ministers. He is the author of Raising Teens in an Almost Christian World: A Parent’s Guide and one of the co-authors of Now What? Next Steps in Your New Life with Christ. When he is not leading the CYMT, speaking at youth events, or training other youth workers, Deech enjoys spending time with his wife Keeley and daughters Carlisle and Hallie.
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