Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on rethinkingyouthministry.com and is reprinted here with permission.
by Brian Kirk
As we move through Holy Week, here are a few suggestions for celebrating the end of the season of Lent with your students.
Host a prayer vigil. Students respond well to prayer and silence. Have the sanctuary open for the twenty-four hours leading up to Easter morning. Ask each member to sign up for thirty minutes of prayer. Make it a goal to always have someone present in the sanctuary praying. You could even do this as a lock-in.
Have a worship service with a variety of different prayer stations. Set up one station with palm branches, reminding students of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Another station could have a bowl of water used for foot washing. As a leader, you might be the one doing the washing. A third prayer station could have a small table set up with bread and juice–on the table have the Words of Institution printed out. Across from the table, set up a rugged cross. Ask students to consider what the cross means to them. Finally, have a station where each participants can light a candle, reminding them of the light of Christ that is always present.
Invite students to fast from email or any social networking site for the week leading up to Easter. Start this off by having them write letters, the kind with an envelope and stamp, to people who are important in their lives.
On Good Friday, email or tweet the seven last words of the cross:
CYMT is excited about its newest endeavor, Theology Together. Theology Together educates both teenagers and youth workers as they engage in theological reflection, spiritual practice, vital service, and vocational discernment. The Theology Together process produces reflective action that is embedded in the fabric of youth ministry in all of its contexts. We believe strongly that youth are theologians and belong at the center of tough, life-changing dialogue around faith, relationships, and life. We place teenagers in the driver seat alongside their youth pastors and leaders, equipping each individual to think differently about youth ministry, to provoke a sense of awe and wonder: a WOW moment.
Youth theology is theology built upon the simple doctrinal principle of the priesthood of all believers, and takes that principle right down to its natural conclusion: that all believers, including youth, teens, adolescents, etc. are theologians. It is theology that values all youth as theologians. Here we will share with you how to engage with youth theology in your own ministry.
A few weeks ago, we shared the launch of Theology Together 2.0. Today, Dwight (the director of Theology Together) will be sharing with us one experience […]