I’m blessed to be part of a wonderfully creative group of ministers and youth directors in the Presbytery of Western Kentucky. This year, David Muffett (The Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, KY), Katie Todd (MOTA at Murray State University), Mason Todd (First Presbyterian Church of Mayfield, KY), Rob Wilson (First Presbyterian Church of Madisonville, KY) and I (Becky Durham, Presbyterian Church of Henderson, KY) put together instructions and materials for eleven prayer stations based on themes from The Game Of Life board game. These were designed for our middle and high school youth at our annual Fall Retreat at Camp Loucon. (You can find instructions for last year’s prayer stations here and here.)
Students were let into the large space in groups of ten or so. They were able to rotate through and visit the stations at their own speed in their own order. The idea of this night of prayer/worship/mission/community is that kids will be able to pray and meet God in ways that are new and in ways that fit their own gifts and callings.
Station #1: School
At this station, students made bookmarks for their Bibles. Katie provided pre-printed card stock cut into bookmark. The verses on the bookmarks were verses relevant to our retreat theme. Supplies: pre-printed bookmarks; markers
Station #2: Career
Now, I’m not going to tell you that all of our students really embraced the vocation thing. We did get some pretty interesting career cards out of the deal: .
Station #3: Insurance
At the Insurance Station, we had an opportunity to discuss life events that require hard choices. What are your options? What would you do? Why would handle it that way? Supplies: Game of Life wheel; scenarios prepared for students to read and discuss.
Station #4: Relationships
At this station, students had a chance to affirm their friends, old or new. Each student had selected a silhouette earlier in the day. They wrote a word that they would use to describe themselves on the back and then taped it to the wall. During the course of the session that night, students could select word tiles that described their friends and glue them to the silhouettes. Supplies: Silhouette choices; glue sticks; word tiles (we used cardstock and the tiles were about an inch long).
Session #5: Speeding
In this session, we asked kids to record their life stories in 6 seconds using Vine. Supplies: An iPad and a Vine account.
There are six other stations that were part of this rotation! Find part 2 (stations 6-11) here!