Hold a post-VBS session each day for your teen volunteers --
Yes, I know this adds on time to your day after a busy morning with the kids,
and could cost some money to offer lunch (or dessert, if lunch is part of VBS) for your teens to stay around for a discussion -- but consider that this can provide some opportunities for the components of community life, prayer/worship, catechesis and evangelization time for the teens, and only take a little extra effort from you (or other youth ministry leaders.)
Suggestions for the gathering --
1. Grace before lunch (or over dessert)
2. Ask highs and lows of the morning
Option A: Scripture sharing
- You can utilize the readings of the day (http://usccb.org/calendar/index.cfm?showLit=1&action=month)
(Do simplified Lectio Divina style of proclaiming the reading, asking each person to share a word or phrase that speaks to them, ask if they are willing to share why that word or phrase, re-read the Scripture),
Option B: go deeper into the VBS theme of the day.....utilize The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth or the Catechism of the Catholic Church
4. Spontaneous prayers of petition and thanksgiving
5. Go in peace, until the next morning!
Voila! You just did children’s ministry and youth ministry in about a half a day
If you decide to do this, please let me (Cindee) know how is went and if would do it again!
Of course, you could also do this with ALL your volunteers, which would provide some Adult Faith Formation as well...
Cindee Case, MAPS
Director of the Diocese of Youngstown Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.