It was first back in Lent that we shared the idea of adapting the popular Post Secret website for use with youth ministry. This is the site that features handmade postcards sent in by persons confessing their deep, dark, strange, and sometimes silly secrets. The postcards also make a thoughtful way to invite youth into the spiritual practice of confession.
At a recent youth conference, I invited the teens to create a Post Secret card or two, using just ordinary index cards and making available lots of art supplies (glue, scissors, crayons, markers, old magazines, scrap paper, ephemera, etc). For ideas on what teens might write, see our previous post.
As youth finished, they placed their cards face down (to ensure anonymity) into a cross shape we'd taped out on the floor. When all cards were in place, we taped them all together on the back and flipped the cross over, revealing the various confessions. During the week, we invited youth to continue adding to the cross, as well as taking time to pray for the various concerns others had shared in their confessions. It even became a prayer station during one of our evening worship services.
As you can see from the examples below, some of the cards are elaborate, and some simple. Some pose questions, and some share deep pain. In the end, each was part of helping youth to understand that being completely honest about ourselves with God opens the path to understanding that God knows us and loves us unconditionally.
See a few more examples here.