Small Group

Music and Praise

Consider hosting a youth prayer concert followed by an open house of prayer stations. This idea provides a prayer concert outline, suggested prayer topics and suggestions for prayer stations. The prayer concert is an hour in length and the prayer stations can be open for about 2 hours to allow participants to freely move and pray.

Related Scripture: Psalm 92, Psalm 12:3; Isaiah 61:1-7; Isaiah 42:5-9; 10-16; Isaiah 43:1-7; Revelation 4:6-11; 5:11-14

This idea was submitted by Major Sandra Budden, Woodstock, ON Great Lakes Division.

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Butterfly

This resource could be used as a devotional or Bible study. It is focused on how we understand our ourselves in light of God, and how our understanding of God changes in light of our understanding of ourselves. Track Peter’s journey of self and God, and reflect on the personal journey we all take in getting to know God better.

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Signed Baseball

This simple exercise will bond and uplift your congregation, and has potential for long-term impact.

In conjunction with a service theme of community (the body of Christ), pass out plastic or dense Styrofoam balls to your congregants (3 or 4 inches in diameter), as well as fine point permanent markers.

During reflection (appeal) time, have congregants collect signatures from each other, sharing with one another why they are appreciated and giving out words of encouragement. (Pre-plan with lay leaders and ushers to be ready to approach newcomers and visitors for their signatures when the time comes).

Congregants are then instructed to place the balls in a prominent place in their home, and to remember to pray for each other regularly each time they notice it. Congregants can also be encouraged to occasionally choose a name on their prayer ball, and to phone, E-mail or write a word of encouragement to the person they have chosen.

Submitted by Captain Paul Henderson

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Easter Cross

The cross of Jesus.  Let’s look at the shape of that cross, because it has significance for how we appropriate or claim for ourselves the meaning of the cross.  What do we see when we look at different images of the cross?  What can we say about its shape?

This devotional was originally designed for Women but is adaptable to other groups such as senior’s, men’s group, teen groups.

 

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Christmas Tree & Toys

This devotional looks at the three gifts that were given to Jesus by the Magi. It tells of their value to Joseph and Mary at the time they were given, but also points out their significance to Old Testament culture and prophecy of the death of Jesus Christ. Listeners are challenged to consider “What does gold, frankincense and myrrh represent in my life?”. Adaptations are provided for a church service or a small group setting.

Key Words: Matthew 2:11, Isaiah 53:5, Exodus 30:34-38; 7-10; 30:22-33; 1 Samuel 10:1; 16:13; 2 Kings 9:6; John 19:39; Mark 15:23

Submitted by Kim Garreffa, Contemporary Music Consultant, THQ

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