Part of formation demands that you observe the seasons of the Church and if you are leading others, you would do well for their soul if you assist in their observation of the Church seasons as well.
But I''m sure you already knew that.
There are lots of things to do with Lent. One that I've done is Stations of the Cross, so here are a few ideas on how to do them:
1. Scan pictures into your laptop and do a power point. Play music in the background for a prayer experience. You could use just pictures or pictures followed by a short meditation, read or on the power point.
2. Play music in the background-nice, soft, reflective music and have them draw the stations. I would give them bibles so that they can thumb through or use a book of stations for ideas
3. One year my crew, who many were in the drama club, decided to act out the stations for the parish. We put up a sheet, and the actors would post in a scene and we'd shine a big light from behind them so that a shadow appeared to the congregation on the sheet. We would click the light on and off in between stations and had a reader give a meditation during each station. The kids wrote it, prepared it, directed it, and got quite into it. The kid who played Jesus was particularly affected as he began to reflect on what it must have been like for the Man he was portraying.
Here are some resources for the Stations. BTW, the Stations are not a liturgical event, they are a prayer, so don't get all caught up in doing the "right" stations. Like the Rosary, there are various ways to pray the stations. We have our usual 14, but there are many out there that use other images and scriptures, some starting with the Last Supper.Stations By Newman
but please use these carefully. Newman is wordy. And deep. Might be best for personal reflection.Mary's Way of the Cross.
Seen from Mary's perspective.John Paul II's Way of the CrossThe Way of the Cross for Young Christians
(Generally I'm wary of 23rd Publications, but if I believe this is a pretty good book for teenagers)Variety from Creative Communications
Sister said sometimes you need to peruse Creative Communications like you do 23rd Pub, but she did like some of their Lenten materials. So does Amy Welborn,
apparently. So, there's two thumbs up there.
Speaking of Amy, I'm always trying to send folks over to her.
Her stuff is outstanding.
Please share your ideas with the rest of us. Because really, isn't youth ministry really about taking each others' ideas? !!
Labels: Lent, Stations of the Cross