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Begin at the Beginning: (2 minutes)
Welcome to small group time! Around the table, you should find several adults that are just as passionate about youth ministry as you are. Go around the circle and briefly say your name, your profession, and what church/town you are from.
Small Group Roles: (3 minutes)
Each time your small group meets, you will need to elect 4 people into the following roles. Each person in your group should take on one role during the course of the three sessions, with four people serving in two roles.
Leader: Person who keeps the group on task. The leader will be in charge of the curriculum and
encouraging others to participate.
Chaplain: Person who leads the opening and closing prayers.
Secretary: Person who records the responses of the group. There are questions in each small group time that ask for
recorded responses. You job is to write them down.
Timekeeper: Person who makes sure your group moves on to the next section in a timely fashion. Each activity has
a time limit. Ask your leader at the beginning of each section how much time it’s supposed to take, and
then let the leader know when it is time to move on.
For Small Group #1:
Our leader is:
Our chaplain is:
Our secretary is:
Our timekeeper is:
Gathering Prayer (2 minutes)
The chaplain will lead the gathering prayer, in these or similar words:
Dear God, we thank you for the gift of the LYON Assembly, for this time apart, and for those gathered at this table. Send your Holy Spirit among us, that we might be given your love, strength, and hope. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Adult Leader Information Recap (16 minutes)
Please review the Adult Leader Information sheet as a group. Your group is made up of adults who have attended LYON Assembly and those who may be new to the experience, so please go through the whole thing together, answering questions for one another as you go. If there are questions that cannot be answered by the wisdom of the group, please find a LYON Planning Team member. Their names and contact info are at the top of the info sheet.
Parts of the Body Activity: (5 minutes)
It is time to learn one another’s names and to get to know one another a little bit better. We will begin with a name game. During the Rise Up Together Tour, we talked a bit about the church being one body made up of many members. Take a moment to consider what part of the body your think God would assign to you (please keep it PG; we are at a church retreat ). Once everyone knows what body part they would be, go around the circle and say your name and body part. The first person says their name and body part, the second person says the first person’s name and body part, and their name and body part. The third person says the info on the first, and second, and themselves, etc. around the circle, until everyone has had a chance.
Dwelling in the Word: 1 Corinthians 12 (15 minutes)
Turn in your Bibles to I Corinthians 12. Ask for a few volunteers to read. Take turns reading the chapter out loud.
Now, take turns going around the circle to share your answers to the following questions. Do one question at a time, and please give each person a chance to answer. Encourage everyone to try to respond, although, “I don’t know” or “Pass” is an acceptable answer. After you say the question out loud, have the timekeeper turn over the hourglass to give people thinking time. When the sand runs out, go around the circle and respond.
Devotional Questions from the ELCA Book of Faith Initiative:
1. What scares, confuses, or challenges me in this text?
2. What delights me in this text?
3. What stories or memories does this text stir up in me? You might think of a time when one of your body parts wasn’t working, for example.
4. What is God up to in this text?
The Theme: Be Courageous: Running Life’s Maze
I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed,
for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
So far during this small group time, we have been discussing ourselves as parts of the Body of Christ. The truth is we need ALL the parts of the body to run life’s maze!
Prayer (2 minutes)
As the body of Christ, it is important that we pray for one another to build each other up and make sure that each body part of Christ is working properly. Review the name of the person on your left. The leader will begin and end the prayer, and each person around the circle will pray for the person to their left. It could be as simple as “I pray for (insert name here), or a more involved prayer, if desired.
We thank you for leading us this far through life’s maze, to the first night of this year’s LYON Assembly. I pray for…
(go around the circle)
All these things, and whatever else you see that we need, we ask you to give us, O Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray, Amen.
LYON Assembly 2015
Information for Adults
Refer to the packet you received at registration for a copy of this sheet.