I was a little frustrated today to fail at finding a good pre-written session to give to one of our pastors addressing the topics of "Fear Not/Trust int he Lord." I know there HAS to a few, but I was unable to find one at the time.... (feel free to email me with ones of which you are aware! firstname.lastname@example.org ). I also failed at finding a good, usable for CCD/ministry video clip of a modern movie (closest I came was to an Evan Almighty (c) 2007, but it wasn't even as appropriate as I would have liked...
So, at least I was able to sit down and type up a few ideas...
I am posting them here just in case I want to access them again,
or in case anyone else would like to borrow the ideas.
Kudos to Carla for finding the activity shared below (On the Edge of an Adventure),
although we cannot cite the resource as it was a loose paper in a folder.
(I'm sure you can relate to that, but now note the title/publisher!)
Feel free to tweak, adapt or change to fit your needs.
(By the way, I did not include a good old fashioned Trust Fall activity or even a Trust Walk since you need space and blind-folds for that, but they could have been included as well!)
Fear Not – Trust in God!
Session ideas from Cindee Case (10.7.15)
Music: If group likes to sing and/or listen to music –
Be Not Afraid (Dufford) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snmwD6d9Xo4
Trust in the Lord (O’Connor) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx7ArO-freU
You Are Mine (Haas) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgm9lkTNQmc&index=3&list=RDx9m77bfUvI4
Shepherd Me Oh God (Haugen) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AmFM4jZasvs
Small Groups for Bible story discussions
ii.Jesus in Garden
iii.Abraham – Genesis 22
iv.Noah - Genesis 6
v.Joshua - Joshua 1: 1 – 11 – God commands him to move the people of Moses – do you think the promises he heard from God made his decision easy?
See “on the Edge of An Adventure” handout – all consider Matthew 14: 22-33
Witness story of 1 or 2 parishioners/ministry leaders share a time when they had to decide to trust in God. (Perhaps when making a decision regarding marriage, big move, child care, health care, etc.)
RITUAL: Have each teen write a fear they have on a slip of paper, then bring forward and place in a basket – in exchange for a scripture verse (if utilize more than one copy of the same verse, mark one of each to signify which one to be read aloud, numbered in order of being read…)
Reading of Scripture verses – select students to read one of the following (or other) Scripture verse:
DO NOT BE AFRAID:
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:18
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
Fear of man will prove to be a snare,
but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.
The Lord is my light and my salvation--
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life--
of whom shall I be afraid?
But when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.”
1 Peter 3:14
TRUST IN GOD:
Blessed are those who trust in the LORD; the LORD will be their trust.
They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream:
It does not fear heat when it comes, its leaves stay green;
In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still produces fruit. (Jeremiah 17: 7 – 8)
But I trust in you, LORD;
I say, “You are my God.” (Psalm 31: 15)
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
on your own intelligence do not rely;
In all your ways be mindful of him,
and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
when I am afraid,
in you I place my trust.
praise the word of God;
I trust in God, I do not fear. (Psalm 56:3 – 4)
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him, (Psalm 145:18- 20)
But I trust in your mercy.
Grant my heart joy in your salvation,
I will sing to the LORD,
for he has dealt bountifully with me (Psalm 13: 6)
Thus we may say with confidence:
“The Lord is my helper,
[and] I will not be afraid. (Hebrews 13: 6)
End with an adult reading the following:
Matthew 6: 25-34
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat [or drink], or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?* Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness,* and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself.
God in peace!
Cindee Case, MPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.