Each of these stations are designed to lead participants in a self-guided worship experience. These were written specifically to be used with the SEED worship outline, but can be used on their own as well.
How it Works
- Create a space for each station. The station will dictate what sort of space is required, but normally a table containing the instructions and materials will be sufficient.
- Spread the stations out around your room so that participants will be able to move freely between them.
- Include space around your room for participants to simply sit and worship too
- Spend some time designing your stations with material, candles, and other elements that seem appropriate.
- Print the instructions for each station and place them where they can be seen easily.
- Place the materials on each station. (If something is going to be used and placed back you may need only a few of them, if something will be used and taken you will need as many as you have participants)
- Play some soft music while people are engaged with the stations to cut down on distractions and help keep people focused.
- All of these stations need a Bible so you may want to just make sure everyone has one before you start
- small dry erase boards
- dry erase markers
- some sort of cloth or eraser
Take one of the dry erase boards from this table and a dry erase marker, find a Bible and a quiet place to be by yourself. If there aren’t any dry erase boards come back in a few moments.
As we look to move into this new year it is important to start with a clean slate. Read 1 John 1:9. Confession is really just our agreeing with God that we have messed up. Think back over the past year and search your heart for sins that you haven’t owned up to yet. Most of us try to justify the things that we do wrong in our lives. Don’t try to make excuses just stand tall before God and admit that you have messed up. Make a list of the things you have done wrong on your board.
Once your list is complete read 1 John 1:9 again. All of those sins that you have been holding on to God wants to forgive. Pray and ask God to forgive you of each specific sin wiping it off the board as you do.
Now look at the board that you are holding. It is a clean slate. That is the same as your life. The wonderful, scandalous thing about God’s grace is that He continually makes your heart fresh and new. Go into this year rejoicing that God has forgive you and given you a new clean life.
Once you are finished take the board and marker back to the table.
Take this sheet, a pen, and a Bible and find a place to sit by yourself
Read Psalm 100
Around the start of a new year it seems that everywhere you turn you see another list: top 10 videos of the year, top 15 reality show moments, etc. Use this time to make your own list about the past year. Using the back of this sheet, come up with 25 things that you can thank God for that happened this year. These things can be little or big don’t worry about trying to think of the perfect thing just let your gratitude flow from your heart.
Once you have finished attach your list to the wall with the others. You may want to spend some time reading what others are thankful for and add your gratitude to theirs.
- An outline of a butterfly on sheets of paper (the simpler the better because participants will be cutting it out)
Get a Bible and find a seat here at this table.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:17
If you are in Christ you are a new creation. Too often we forget that we are to be something different, that we aren’t like everyone else, that we have been changed. At the start of this new year it is a good time for you to remember that you have been made new.
Take one of the butterfly outlines and cut it out. As you are cutting think about what new things God is calling you to this year. Are there some things that you need to remove from your life? Are there some actions that you need to start taking?
Once you have cut out the butterfly on the left wing write some of the things that you need to remove from your life. On the right wing write the things that you feel God telling you that you need to start doing. Don’t make decisions so outrageous that you can’t possibly live up to them. For instance God probably isn’t calling you to read your Bible for 5 hours a day, but he may be telling you to read a little every day.
Once you have created your resolutions list take your Butterfly home with you and put it somewhere that you can see it everyday to remind you of the fact that you are a new creation.
- Create Your Own Psalm Sheet (one for each participant)
Take this sheet, the “Create Your Own Psalm” sheet, a pen, and a Bible to a place where you can sit by yourself.
Too many times we come into worship and we simply recite the words of others. While it isn’t bad to use songs that others have written there is something special when you use words that come from your own heart.
As we look at this new year spend some time and compose your own new psalm of praise to God. You can use the outline provided or you can come up with a totally new psalm. Once you have finished take it home as a reminder to continual find new ways to praise God this year.