Several weeks ago, we purposefully ditched our normal routine for Youth Group to create a private and intimate environment for being silent. We spent 3-4 weeks discussing God’s purpose for our life, and so it was the perfect time to reflect on that. We created an intentional space for our youth (and our leaders) to deepen their relationship with God, through listening. Silence can be deafening, overwhelming, and awkward, and we took that into consideration as we planned this event. We had five different stations, each with a different experience that the youth could enter into, but that they could also take with them. I don’t want to create experiences that aren’t replicable for them, so these were all easy and simple to setup and execute. Here are two pictures, the first of the main room divide up with curtains, and the second of our prayer wall.
And a quick video walk through of the room.
- Be Still – A space for rest, reflection, and stillness.
- Pray – An opportunity to put our requests (10) before the group, and to pray for those that had been offered (10).
- Meditate – Slow, reflective thought on one small passage: Be still and know that I am God.
- Worship – Connecting with God through music and lyrics
- Surrender – Prayer positions and our devotion to God.
We had a time of debriefing at the end, I was very curious about their experience. They LOVED it! In fact, they’ve been asking when we are going to do our next one! When I get back from Cambodia we’ll be doing another one. It was an amazing night. Over an hour of listening to God, in silence. Our youth did an amazing job surrendering this time as an offering to God. Most of them connected with 1 or 2 of the stations really well, with Surrender and Pray being the most popular. An hour of silence is tough for most people these days, and I was nervous that this wouldn’t work, but they all immersed themselves into it. We started our experience in a different room, as I wanted to set the tone for the environment that they were going to enter into.
Here is our guide book, if you are interested in seeing specifically what led them through each station. Click here to download the guide. You can download the full “kit” here as well ([download id=”1″]), it includes the station posters, guide book, leaders thoughts, and artwork. Tim Schmoyer also posted this as a Free Friday Resource at StudentMinistry.org and was featured on Churchleaders.com.