In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
The group coordinates a worship service.
Help the youth prepare ideas for elements to include in the service, such as a story for all ages, a call to prayer or meditation, and songs, readings, and rituals from other religions. Include congregational members who will bring their worship skills, or their knowledge of another religion (such as Hinduism or Judaism).
Choose a topic for a short homily. You might have three or four participants talk about their experiences in Building Bridges. The youth might like to include pieces of everyone's reflections from Activity 4, Bridges Built. Perhaps a few congregants could share about ways the religion of their youth feeds their Unitarian Universalist faith.
Make sure every youth who wants a role has one. Youth who do not want a speaking role can introduce a hymn or lead a round; youth who prefer not to speak at all can select music or readings, greet attendees, light the chalice, or pass offertory baskets.
The Welcome and Entering activity suggests youth write note cards inviting faith communities they engaged in the program to attend the worship service. Make a plan for the youth to greet interfaith guests at the worship service and, afterward, to thank them for coming.
Immediately after the service and time with guests, gather the youth to evaluate the worship experience.
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Last updated on Friday, November 15, 2013.
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