Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    A letter to you?

    Do you want to do something really crazy at youth group this week? Something original? Something concrete? Something that has lasted for centuries but has recently been forgotten? If so, here's the answer: write a letter.

    But not any old letter. Spend some time talking about Paul's epistles. Remind your youth that Paul wrote letters to his friends in order to help them along the path of becoming a disciple and follower of Christ. The letters were meant to be personal. Then, have your youth choose a letter that Paul has written (probably one of the shorter ones) and have them rewrite it to themselves. Go all out, put a stamp on the envelope, and mail it a week later to your students. Everyone loves getting a real letter.

    So, for example, in Paul's letter to the Ephesians, write the salutation with your name and location:

    "Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in (Your City) and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and Lord Jesus Christ."

    This exercise helps youth see that the letters from Paul aren't just thousands of years old and meant for ancient communities, but are intended for us as well.


    Christopher Wesley said...

    Awesome idea, in fact I'm going to borrow it when we do our evangelization series this Advent. Simple, nice and a great reminder of how to be authentic.