The 10 Commandments!!!

27 05 2013

10 CommandmentsBecause I’m playing catch-up after not posting for a really long time, I thought I’d share some of what we’ve done this year. During Lent, we did a 5-week series about the 10 Commandments, learning about two commandments per week. Download the series here: The Top 10 – 5 week series on the 10 Commandments.

A few things to be aware of:

1. We had some of our high school youth act as small group leaders throughout this series. They did a phenomenal job.

2.  Each week we started with a big-group review session before dividing into small groups to discuss the two commandments in depth.

3. One of our goals was for the youth to be able to remember all the 10 Commandments in order and to know where to find them in the Bible, so we taught them hand motions as a mnemonic. This worked extremely well, based on a quiz we gave at the end: all but one youth could remember the commandments, all but three knew where to find them in the Bible, and a couple offered anecdotes about how they had tried to live out the commandments. All in all, a success.

4. We had just finished a series on sexuality, so we didn’t really talk about adultery at all. Nonetheless, the 4th lesson was one of my favorites.

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Stations of the Cross: Year 1

5 03 2012

As we gear up for our third annual Stations of the Cross worship service, I thought I’d take a look back at what we’ve done in previous years.  During the first year (2010), we simply started with the question, “Where would Jesus go if he lived in Bossier City, Louisiana?”  And so we found modern-day parallels for the events in the Gospel of Matthew: Mardi Gras parades symbolized the original palm parade, and the parsonage served as our “Upper Room.”  Along the way we passed out both Mardi Gras beads and Fig Newtons.

The highlight of the evening: we  colluded with the city marshal (also a member of the church) to stage the arrest of one of the youth counselors.  It was all great fun until the police cars pulled up, and we realized, for the first time, how everything might look to other people in the park. Our buses were in the parking lot with our church’s name plastered across the side, but to my knowledge, no one ever called the church to inquire. (And since we had already been to the pastor’s house that night, he was in on the stunt!)

The “arrested” youth counselor was a high school teacher, and some of our kids posted information about the evening to their facebook statuses … long story short, she ended up in the principal’s office the next morning.  Fortunately, her principal has a good sense of humor and actually commended her for making the story of Jesus more exciting for young people!

Here’s our template for the evening, complete with Scriptures, readings, and materials/set-up information.  Feel free to use and adapt for your own context…and let me know how it goes!

Download here: 2010 Stations of the Cross