Posts Tagged ‘contemplative’

Devotional: A prayerful review of your day

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Often in life we move very quickly from one thing to the next, we rarely slow down to reflect on what God has been doing and saying to us during the day. Here's an outline your teenagers can use each evening to slow down and spend time listening to God. You can also use this as part of Night... See more

Active & Interactive Prayers: Lord’s Prayer Stations

Contributed by: Charlie Baker, Diocese of Auckland

Jesus gave us the Lord's Prayer as as an example of how to pray. These six prayer stations with creative activities and printable posters will engage your youth with each part of the Lord's Prayer. It will help your youth go deeper than just reciting the words, to getting to the heart of how we... See more

Developing Leaders: Seven Pathways to God

Contributed by: Emily Paterson and Kirstin Cant, Diocese of Auckland

A series of exercises to help young leaders and older teens to explore different ways of engaging and connecting with God.
God has made us all uniquely. Therefore, the way we draw close to and connect with God will be different for each of us too. Prayer and reading scripture are really... See more

Devotional: Daily Examen

Contributed by: Emily Paterson and Kirstin Cant, Diocese of Auckland

The daily examen is a way of prayerfully reflecting on your day. You are invited in four steps (presence, gratitude, review and response) to concentrate on the experiences and encounters from the past 24 hours in order to increase your awareness of God’s presence with you and discern his... See more

Christmas & Easter: A Resurrection Journey

Contributed by: The Diocese of Auckland

A Resurrection Journey is an online, multi-media journey that takes us from Palm Sunday and runs all the way to Pentecost. That's 57 days of Scripture, prayer practices, questions for reflection and practical action.
Created by the Auckland Diocese, the content is drawn from a range of authors... See more

How To: Inspiring and Enthusing Youth in Your Services

Contributed by: Diocese of Nelson

A 10 course buffet of ideas to help your church services inspire and enthuse the youth - through visuals, involvement, prayer, worship and more.
Vibe
How does the room look and feel?


  • Is this a youth friendly space? Is it comfortable and inviting? Is it warm? freezing... See more

Reflective Prayers: Love the Lord Your God – Worship Stations

Contributed by: Charlie Baker and Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

These seven worship stations work well as part of a youth group session, a youth or all age service, or camp. Adapt the wording as needed to suit your situation.
You may like to begin with a discussion or message about God's love and worship being our response of love to His love, using... See more

Christmas & Easter: A Journey to Easter

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

A Journey to Easter is an online, multi-media journey to prepare our hearts for Easter.
Be inspired by the Sermon on the Mount, discover new prayer practices, participate in activities and open your heart to the world that we live in.
Created by the Auckland Diocese, the content is drawn... See more

Active & Interactive Prayers: Creator’s Walk

Contributed by: Luke Shaw, Diocese of Nelson

Help your youth to encounter God and be inspired by His creation.
Take them on a hilltop adventure or a beach excursion - or just walk the block. Find a spot to reflect, give thanks and pray together. See more

Christmas & Easter: 40 Day Lent Challenge 2015

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland

Anglican Youth Ministries has created a new 40 Day Lent Challenge for 2015! This year's challenge consists of 40 simple and fun tasks designed to show teenagers what it looks like to love God and love their neighbours.
The team at AYM have stepped it up a level this year too, with an... See more

Bible Engagement: How to do Lectio Divina with a Small Group

Contributed by: Karen Spoelstra, Diocese of Auckland


Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina is an ancient form of seeking to hear God speak to us through the Scriptures, which is attributed to Saint Benedict (c. 480 – c.543). Here the basic form has been adapted for use by small groups.
Small Group Method
Start by choosing the text that you... See more

Devotional: A Welcome Interruption

Contributed by: Scottie Reeve, Diocese of Wellington

‘A Welcome Interruption’ online Liturgy Resource
Blueprint Church Community in the Anglican Diocese of Wellington has created an online Liturgy - a resource for people to develop a rhythm of prayer and to re-engage with this ancient form of devotion.  The project is called ‘A Welcome... See more

Services & Liturgies: Let Your Light Shine

Contributed by: Phil Trotter


A Closing Prayer or Night Prayer for camps or youth group gatherings.
Equipment: Tea Light Candles (one per person) and a Lighter
Opening Reflection: Our Deepest Fear
Gather the group in a circle, seated so that all can see each others’ eyes.
Begin with the following... See more

Recommended Resources: Top 5 Books for seasoned youth leaders

These books are for youth leaders asking, 'What's the next step?'. Combining a biblical framework with cultural insight and an honest critique of the church, they provide new thinking and understandings of youth ministry that may challenge current practice, counter inculturation, and offer ways... See more