LYON Assembly 2015 Small Group #2: Running Life’s Maze

LYON Assembly

Maze Race 1

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LYON 2015 Small Group 2

Small Group 2:  RUNNING LIFE’S MAZE

You may begin this small group while you are waiting to get in line for lunch.

Continue the small group activities as you eat.

Maze Running Part 2:  (7 minutes)

Last night, you had the opportunity to run a maze with a partner.  This time, it is everyone for themselves.  There are a series of four mazes.  Everyone does the first maze as fast as they can.  The two members of your group who are the slowest to complete the first maze sit out the next round.  In the second round, six members will race, and the two members of your group who are the slowest to complete the second maze sit out the next round.  In the third round, four members will race, and the two members of your group who are the slowest to complete the second maze sit out the next round. In the fourth and last round, two members will race, and the fastest is the true Maze Runner of your group.

Choose 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.  This time, the one who won Maze Runner gets to choose their role first, the two who won the partner maze run last night choose second, and one other group members gets a role.  Make sure that the roles are different than last night; we want everyone to have a chance to try on different 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 #2:

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.

Maze Runner Movie 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 the movie (or the book, if you have read it)?
  1. What part of the movie made you go “Hmmm?” or made you think?

3.  What part of the movie will you want to share with others when you get home?

Dwelling in the Word:  2 Timothy 4:1-8 (15 minutes)

Turn in your Bibles to 2 Timothy 4:1-8.  Ask for a few volunteers to read.  Take turns reading the verses 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 you spoke up for what was right, even when it was unfavorable, or a time when you ran a race, for example.
  1. What is God up to in this text?

 

The Theme:  Be Courageous: Running Life’s Maze (5 minutes)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

In this theme verse, we hear about running the race, much like in the movie.  Paul was near the end of his life when he wrote this verse, while most of us are still at the beginning.  What are some ways that we can keep the faith as we run the race of life? (Give each person some thinking time, and a chance to respond.)

Service Learning Partners (3 minutes)

This afternoon you will have the opportunity to serve others, both through our service learning partners and the experience of the Walk for Water.  Break into pairs and familiarize yourself with one of our partners (they are printed on small sheets of paper on your table).  Before we finish our small group time today, we will pray for each of those partners.  You can pray by just saying the name of the partner, or by saying the name and a little about what you learned.

Prayer (2 minutes)

(The chaplain will lead the prayer in these or similar words)

Dear God,

We thank you for leading us this far through life’s maze, to the second day of this year’s LYON Assembly.  As we look forward to our service learning opportunities this afternoon, 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.


Maze Runner Movie Recap:  Secretary Edition (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 the movie (or the book, if you have read it)?

2.  What part of the movie made you go “Hmmm?” or made you think?

  1. What part of the movie will you want to share with others when you get home?

LYON ASSEMBLY SERVICE LEARNING PARTNERS

Prairie Loft:

Prairie Loft’s mission is to teach agriculture appreciation, outdoor education, cultural traditions, and the wise use of natural resources. We are staff, volunteers, friends, and partners, cultivating community among people who value the importance of community, nature, and agriculture. The beautiful barns were once part of a working farm that fed more than a thousand people. Prairie Loft is located just west of Hastings, Nebraska.

We began offering programs for all ages in 2007. Current activities include field trips, presentations, community events, facility rental, and collaborative programs with partner organizations.   LYON groups will be preparing fields for winter (weather permitting) and/or painting part of the facilities at Prairie Loft.

Crossroads Center:

Crossroads Center is a Christian, faith-based residential facility for men, women, and children.  They offer counseling and life-skills classes for the emotional, financial and physical well-being of their residents.  A thrift store at the Hastings campus is also a part of their ministry.  LYON groups will be assisting with the thrift store, kitchen, and other duties as needed.

Open Table:

Open Table is a ministry of Catholic Social Services of Hastings (CSS).  Open Table creates free sack meals from reclaimed, fresh food.  In addition to Open Table, CSS’ ministries include Food4Thought (weekend backpack meals for school students), food truck deliveries to neighboring communities, and food boxes.  LYON attendees will learn about Open Table and create sack lunches.

Homestead Assisted Living:

Homestead of Hastings is a senior living community that offers residents high quality assisted living.  Homestead of Hastings offers many services and amenities including medication management, home-cooked meals, and licensed health care services for our assisted living residents to help them live a life of dignity and independence. LYON atendees will be completing simple maintenance and cleaning duties, while others may assist the residents with BINGO, games and general visitation.


 Maze Race #1 (8 copies per group)

Maze Race 1

Maze Race #2 (6 copies per group)

Maze Race 2

Maze Race #3 (4 copies per group)

 Maze Race 3

Maze Race #4 (2 copies per group)

Maze Race 4

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