Back to School Blessings Liturgy

A common occurrence in many congregations is a backpack blessing service.  BuildFaith.org has a great article on these services at Blessing of the Backpack’s 6 Tips for Success.

At EYCArkansas, we began wondering what this would look like with an older mindset and as part of a youth group or youth Sunday school meeting.  We used prayers from Call on Me: A Prayer Book for Young People, the Book of Common Prayer and the New Zealand Prayer Book and came up with a great liturgy that any group can use.  We have shared below a copy that you can take and print or edit to your heart’s content.

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Walk an Online Labyrinth

Online Contemporary Labyrinth is an online translation of a contemporary labyrinth. The original is described as ‘an interactive installation for spiritual journeys’. It consists of a pathway mapped out on the floor for visitors to follow. During this journey participants pause and listen to a piece of music and a meditation. They also undertake some symbolic action or ritual.  With this online version the pieces of music are the same (make sure your speakers are turned on) but the actions and activities have been translated to suit the medium.

Board Games at Youth Group

It’s cold and wet.  Your youth want to do something fun but you are stuck inside.  You have played  “ninja” ten too many times.  Are there any other options?

Board Games!

Wait, I really don’t want to play 5 hours of a monopoly game at youth group.  Neither do I.  So here are three short games that you and your youth can pick up quickly and will fall in love with.Tsuro-box

1.  Tsuro: The Game of the Path.  (2-8 players and 15-20 minutes) Create your own journey with Tsuro, the Game of the Path. Place a tile and slide your stone along the path created, but take care. Other player’s paths can lead you in the wrong direction – or off the board entirely. Find your way wisely to succeed. Stay the path – your journey begins here.

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