Invite youth to try a mini-version of Jesus' soul-searching retreat. Provide each youth with a sheet of paper which says "Who Am I?" at the top. Down the side of the page the unfinished phrase "I am____________" should be written 8 or 10 times. Invite the youth to take some meditative time to fill in the blanks with words, phrases, ideas that describe their identity. You could just let the group go at this independently, or try a guided meditation such as "Use the first blank to describe yourself physically. In the next blank, describe yourself emotionally. Now describe one of your gifts or talents. Next, describe yourself spiritually. Next, share how you see your identity in the church. Next, describe how you see your future. Next, describe how you see yourself called by God in ministry" and so on. The beauty of this activity is that the repetition encourages the youth to think more deeply and more thoughtfully. Take time at the end of the activity to invite willing participants to share their "Who Am I?" poems and discuss how God knows our identities intimately and God calls us, as unique persons, into mission in the world.
Taken from Rethinking Youth Ministry contributed by Brian Kirk
Have students make crosses out of Popsicle sticks. Use yarn to tie the center together. Hand out Sharpie markers. Say: As you make your cross, consider Jesus' words: "You must take up your cross and follow Me. If any of you wants to be My follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow Me."
Carry this cross during Holy Week. On Easter, place it at the foot of a larger cross and give it to Jesus as a commitment to carry your cross, or a symbol of giving your burdens/sins to Him. Or, write the things that make it hard for you to follow Jesus on your cross.
Contributed by Lilly Lewin from Youthworker.com
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