This session is all about teaching young people how to lean on one another and how to have others lean on them for spiritual support. It is important to begin to “prime the pump” at the outset of the session by asking youth to pray aloud for those in their lives. This will help break down some of the anxiety that frequently exists surrounding public prayer.
Be sure to provide enough open space to ensure that youth do not get hurt when attempting the Stand Up! exercise below.
The aim of this session is to help young people acquire an understanding and a practice of intercessory prayer as a unique relational reality of Christian life and as a means by which we live for others.
In this session, youth will learn that the Christian life is not an individual pursuit, but rather that it takes place in the context of the relational body of the Church. Youth will learn that praying for another in intercession is a concrete means by which we participate in the life and burdens of one another.
Gather (5 minutes)
Engage (30 minutes)
Activity 1: Stand Up!
This activity has a couple parts, each with the purpose of getting youth to stand up from the floor without using their hands.
Tip: if a pair is having a difficult time standing, help them figure out how to do this. It often, when one partner tries pushing against their partner’s back until the partner feels that he or she is receiving enough pressure to push back. This is especially true when one partner is bigger than the other. This may involve more pushing on the part of the smaller partner until the bigger partner feels he or she has enough support to push back.
Activity 2: Yarn Web:
Reflect (20 minutes)
Activity 3: Reflection and Bible Study:
Activity 4: Intercession:
Send Forth (5 minutes)
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