LYON Assembly 2015 Small Group 1: Rise Up Together!

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LYON 2015 Small Group 1

Begin at the Beginning:  (2 minutes)

Welcome to small group time!  Around the table, you should find at least one familiar face and several new ones.  Go around the circle and briefly say your name, your grade, 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.

Rise Up Together Tour Recap (13 minutes)

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.  Have the secretary record the responses of the group on the sheet provided.

  1. What was your favorite part of your Rise Up Together Tour experience?
  1. What part of the Rise Up Together Tour made you go “Hmmm?” or made you think?
  1. What part of the Rise Up Together Tour will you want to share with others when you get home?

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 you think God would assign to you (please keep it PG; we are at a church retreat J ).  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 1 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?
  1. What delights me in this text?
  1. 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.
  1. 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!

Maze Running Part 1  (3 minutes)

Divide the group into pairs.  Each pair gets a writing utensil and a folded maze (DO NOT LOOK AT THE MAZE YET!)  In each pair, one person will be the runner and one person will be the director.  The runner holds the writing utensil and closes their eyes.  When the timekeeper calls “Go”, the director will open the maze sheet and place the point of the runner’s writing utensil at the beginning of the maze (marked “Start”).  Then director will direct the runner with voice only through the maze.  The first pair to get through the maze wins, and gets a special role the next time we meet in small groups.

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.

Dear God,

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.


PARTNER MAZE (4 copies per group)

Maze 1

Rise Up Together Tour Recap:  Secretary Edition (15 minutes)

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.  Have the secretary record the responses of the group on the sheet provided.

  1. What was your favorite part of your Rise Up Together Tour experience?
  1. What part of the Rise Up Together Tour made you go “Hmmm?” or made you think?
  1. What part of the Rise Up Together Tour will you want to share with others when you get home?

 

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