Students divided into groups depending on what portion of the worship they wanted to develop: music, sharing of scripture, prayers, communion, message. Each of these teams then went off into some space in the church building, with an adult sponsor, and brainstormed ways to tie their part of the worship into our theme. In addition, a group we termed "sacred spaces" was tasked with creating a worship space to enhance our theme. After about 45 minutes, we came together for worship. The "sacred spaces" team had created a candlelit area outdoors for our service. One of our college students, Matt, played his guitar and led the musical selections. One student read the scripture in his own words and another student led an interactive prayer, allowing time for youth to share their joys and concerns. Several students shared artwork they had created to illustrate the theme. We participated in communion, utilizing food left from dinner. One of our seniors delivered a short message on ways to spot God in our everyday lives.
It was encouraging to see the young people's enthusiasm for creating a worshipful time together. Clearly, we would do well to provide more opportunities for our youth to be given license to share their creativity in our regular Sunday worship experiences.