Last week one of our college students asked me to come over to his new apartment and say a house blessing. This is something I haven't done before. In fact, I had no idea what to say. But the visit went really well. I spent some time getting a tour of the apartment, had the chance to check-in and hear what was going on this student's life, and then said a prayer of blessing for the new apartment.
On the drive back to church I started to think: Maybe we should do this for all of our college students? To move into a new place and live entirely on your own (away from the comforts of a dorm room and parents) is a significant rite of passage. How cool would it be to connect this rite of passage with the church?
So, here's the new plan: A progressive dinner party (think simple food here) with a blessing at each new apartment. The goal of the evening would be to visit each other's apartment, have some simple food, and then say a prayer.
If you try it out, let us know how it goes.