2017 Fall Confirmation Retreat
Session 3: What Will You Do?
- How was dinner?
- Here’s the plan for the rest of the evening
- In here for our last session for about an hour
- out to the beach to enjoy the sunset in solitude
- games and free time for about 90 minutes
- lantern walk
- evening prayer
- So far today we have reflected on who we are, what we belong to (we belong to God), what we believe, and what about Christianity and the church we have questions about. This session is about how all of that affects what we do with our lives.
- Pick one person to be the leader-that person becomes “Bob.” Everyone else keeps their own name.
- Before you begin the game, have everyone tell the group their name.
- Start a rhythm by slowly slapping your hands on your knees twice and then clapping twice. Keep repeating until everyone is in rhythm. Begin slowly. Later as the game is familiar you can speed up the rhythm.
- “Bob” then begins by saying “Bob” during the knee slaps, and anyone else’s name in the group during the handclaps.
- The person “Bob” names must respond immediately by saying their name during the next knee slaps, and anyone else’s during the hand claps (exception: you can never call the name of the person who just called you).
- The person called must do the same thing, calling out their own name and then someone else’s name. (Example: Bob, Sally. Sally, Fred. Fred, Sarah. Sarah, Steve. . .)
- This keeps going until somebody makes a mistake or fails to shout a name in time.At that point, the person who made a mistake moves to the spot to the right of Bob. Everybody moves one spot to the right to fill the hole left by the person who lost.
- Here’s the catch: Each person’s name remains with their chair! They become the name of the person who was ahead of them. Throughout the game, the name will always stay with the spot, and the person becomes that name as they move into that spot.The ultimate goal is to unseat “Bob” and take his place.
- Play a few rounds of The Wild Wind Blows to move everyone around
- Number off by fives and have the five groups all go to a different part of the room with an adult leader.
- The groups should go around and introduce themselves and then share about a person whose life they admire and what they do that is admirable (do they care for people in need? Tell the truth? Work hard?)
- Processing: what were some of the actions you heard admired in your group? Did some come up more than once?
- The things we do say something about who we are and what we believe. The same is true of the church. The things it does says a lot about what it is and what it believes.
SPRINGBOARD MAD LIB
- Keep the groups together and hand out copies of the Mad Lib to the leaders. Instruct each leader to complete it with their group and then read it back.
- Ask someone from each group to read their Mad Lib to everyone
WORK THE VERBS OF CHURCH
- Read the actual portion from the BSOF on the back of the Mad Lib
In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”
With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- Write the terms “Pray, Witness, Listen to silenced voices, Work for Justice, freedom, and peace” on separate pieces of newsprint and give one to each group. With the leaders help, the group should come up with as many ways as they can think of that a church does those things.
- Go around and have each group report out
- Processing: was it difficult for you to describe things a church does? Part of Confirmation will be experiencing the work of the church
WORK THE VERBS OF YOUR LIFE
- Give each student a note card with the terms “Pray, Witness, Listen to silenced voices, Work for justice, freedom, and peace” on it. Tell them that they’re going to take these with them for the sunset on the beach.
- The work of the church is to Pray, Witness, Listen to silenced voices, Work for justice, freedom, and peace. You belong to the church. You are the church. So that is your work. And not only when you are at church, but when you are at school, when you are on Snapchat, when you are at practice or rehearsal, when you are at home with your family.
- This card is for you to use on the beach, to give you something concrete to reflect on. Where are you already doing the work of the church? Where could you be doing it? Which of these come naturally to you? Which ones are hard?