Before teaching, read the lesson through. Consider drawing out or at least contemplating your flower and body part ahead of time.
Modify art materials based on your setting, students, and the materials available. Less artistically comfortable students may benefit from creating collages with garden catalogues and magazines. If you’d like to be outside, use chalk. Consider finger paint to encourage silliness. If you worry about teens drawing inappropriate body parts, either mention that rule or stick to flowers.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
The goal of this lesson is to create a free, artistic space where teens can testify to who they are and who they see God making them to be.
In this session, youth will testify to their own person-hood and be given the chance to speak over others.
For more on St. Therese of Lisieux, visit http://www.sttherese.com/; http://www.littleflower.org/therese/words-of-st-therese/, or read A Story of a Soul.
Gather (5 minutes)
Introduction of Session:
Today is a time for teens to testify to who they are. It is a time of listening and sharing. They will use two metaphors today to talk about themselves; that of a flower (or plant) in a field and that of part of the body of Christ. St. Therese of Lisieux was an influential Christian nun in the 1800s who talked about being a simple flower in a field. She did not want fame or splendor or to do the most outrageous things, but to love God in her own small way by fully loving others. The quotes are similar because this is an idea that she meditated on frequently.
Engage (30 minutes)
Activity 1: Expressing yourself
(Optional) Activity 2: Allow teens to choose a partner (or pair them up) and draw what their partner would be in a flower or body part. Do not show your partner what you’ve drawn about
Reflect (20 minutes)
Activity 3: Explaining the pictures
Send Forth (5 minutes)
My Lord, I offer You all the actions I did today,
for the intentions and the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus;
I would like to sanctify the beating of my heart, my thoughts
and my most simple work by joining them to His most infinite merits,
to repair my faults by throwing them in the blaze of His Merciful Love.
O my God I ask You for myself and for those I love for
the grace to accomplish perfectly Your holy wish,
to accept for Your Love the joys and pains of this passage that is life
so that one day we can be reunited in Heaven for all eternity.
This resource includes supplementary materials:
Introduction for Leaders