We encourage congregations to use the ELCA Getting Ready Materials in their entirety. But we also know that sometimes time is limited for gathering and/or for preparation. To help you, the Synod Journey Worship and Resource Team has adapted the ELCA Getting Ready Curriculum into 5 easy to follow, low prep sessions for you to use with your group.
The sessions follow the Gathering themes of LOVE, CREATION, FORGIVENESS, INVITATION, AND PROMISE. The format of the sessions will help to connect your group to the Synod theme. Each Session includes the following sections:
WE ARE: This is how we will open every session and will include an opening prayer, group activity, and highs and lows. This is where the group can bond and form the identity of WE ARE.
DEEPLY ROOTED: Holy Scripture keeps us rooted in faith. We will look at the scripture lesson and take some time to wonder and talk about how it relates to us.
CONNECTED: Digging a little deeper, we will explore how Scripture connects us to God, to each other, to our congregation, to the community and to the world.
BOUNDLESS: How can we live out God’s boundless love for us? Where is God calling us to go beyond our own boundaries of the church walls, friend groups, biases and comfort zones.
The sessions are designed to last about 45 minutes with some “if you have more time” options. They are written so you could easily hand some or all of it to one or more youth to lead.
Supplies needed for sessions are minimal: Pens, markers, post it notes, strips of cloth, and paper.