This is a prayer inspired by Psalm 139. Use it for your youth ministry meeting or youth group activity focused on authenticity and being your true self. This is a good lesson for teens who are feeling overwhelmed by the need to be popular.
Youth Ministry or Youth Group
This reflection will help youth consider the reality of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. How does Jesus help us overcome our fears?
Paper airplane prayers are a way to offer prayers in a group setting. It works well for Vacation Bible School or youth group. It would also be appropriate for Children’s Liturgy of the Word. It can be done indoors or outdoors.
This reflection will help youth think about what it means to believe in something which can’t be seen. How do we know it is real?
This reflection has youth imagine themselves at the discovery of the empty tomb. How will they respond? This reflection is based on the resurrection account from the gospel of Mark, which is read at the Easter Vigil Mass.
The Yes No game is a fun activity for your youth group or youth ministry meeting. It can be tied in with teaching by reminding us that we need to say “Yes” to God. It also works well with a meeting focused on our Blessed Mother, whose “Fiat” (“let it be done”) in answer to the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation was an affirmation in her complete trust in the Lord.
In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz offers some suggestions on how to pray. Prayer is not an option for Christians. Prayer requires putting in some effort.
This is an active game which encourages youth to get up and move. It makes a good break between more sedentary activities.
Almsgiving is one of the traditional Lenten practices. One way to give to the less fortunate is to make blessing bags for the homeless. These care packages can be given to a local homeless shelter or outreach program to be distributed to their clients. You can also keep blessing bags in your car to distribute to any homeless members of the community you encounter in your daily life.
This reflection will help youth reflect on the sentencing of Jesus from the Passion of Jesus Christ. It is written to go with the Passion from the Gospel of Mark, which is used in Year B. It works well if one person reads the scripture and another reads the meditation.