Read Soul Stories. This activity is explained in detail in this book. Pray for your students, review the session, and examine your own life story. Gather the stories of a myriad of hope-filled bible stories that you can share with the young people.
Romans 5:5 [NIV] – And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
The purpose of this session is for young people to reflect on their stories in light of the Christian faith story in order to guide young people’s actions in the world.
Youth will continue to engage in a story-linking process by connecting their everyday story with the story of historical figures in light of the Christian faith story.
Wimberly, Anne Streaty. Soul Stories: African American Christian Education. Rev. ed. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2005.
Gather (10 minutes)
Prayer and Greeting
Youth leaders can open with the following introduction:
Last time we met we learned about Starr’s life and related her journey to our own life. We ended by being reminded of God’s love for us that give us dignity and grace; and that love gives us hope. We were also reminded of God’s justice and our role in justice-making. The key is to know deep within ourselves that our identity should never be anchored in other’s perception of us. Rather our identity comes from and is anchored in God. Today, we want to look at what appears in the scriptures that affirms this truth..
We are still doing story-linking. But, this time, we will link our stories with the Bible.
Are you ready? Well, let’s begin!
Engage (40 minutes)
Activity 1: Disclose the Bible Story
Activity 2: Envision God’s Activity Today
Reflect (10 minutes)
Activity 3: Anticipate Ongoing Response to God
Send Forth (5 minutes)
Remind students that the Bible is relevant for issues they face today. Tell them that if we allow God to speak through the scripture and guide our actions that we will experience true joy in our lives and that we will always have a reason for which to hope.
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders