Seed Prayer Stations

Seed Prayer Stations

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

Clean

  • small dry erase boards
  • dry erase markers
  • some sort of cloth or eraser
  • Bibles

Instructions:

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.

 

Thankful

  • pens

Instructions

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.

New

  • An outline of a butterfly on sheets of paper (the simpler the better because participants will be cutting it out)
  • scissors
  • pens/markers

Instructions

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.

Rejoicing

Instructions

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.

Love Worship Stations

Love Worship Stations

Each of these stations were designed to be used by individual worshipers in a self-guided worship activity. These stations were written to accompany the LOVE worship outline, but they 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.

Love Letter to God

  • Stationary (we used card stock cut in half and the folded like a card)
  • Pens

Instructions:

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. 1 John 4:16a (NIV)

There is nothing quite as amazing as a love letter from someone we love. We read each word carefully searching for hidden meaning. We scrutinize and memorize as we rejoice in every sentence every syllable. In many ways the Bible is God’s love letter to us. It is a record of His work in the world and it is His way of reminding us of His love for us that He proved on the cross.

Take some time and come up with your own love letter to God. Write an original work of art that expresses your love to God. It can be a poem or a paragraph or whatever you feel like saying.
Remember that love is more than just a feeling it also involves your actions.

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6 (NIV)

Love Art

  • art supplies
  • paper (we used one big communal piece of paper, that way at the end we had a mural of the love of God)

Instructions:

Read the verses below, then without using a heart as a symbol draw a picture of love

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. [35] By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35 (NIV)

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. [13] Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

Loved

  • build a large free standing cross (ours was made out of 4x4s)
  • Paint the cross black
  • Use red paint pens to write the bad list on one side of the cross (fill the cross with words even if you need to repeat a few)
  • Use white paint pens to write the good list on the other side of the cross (fill the cross with words even if you need to repeat a few)
  • Set the cross somewhere that worshipers have access to both sides
  • Bad Word List: Unloved, Unloveable, Unworthy, Ugly, Worthless, Useless, Forgettable, No good, Used, Overlooked, Ignored, Hated, Outcast, Stupid, Guilty, Forgotten, Alone
  • Good Word List: Loved, Chosen, Worthy, Beautiful, Valuable, Useful, Important, Holy, Noticed, Loved, Liked, Invited, Picked, Forgiven, Remembered, Family, Child of God, Saint, Changed, Reborn, Renewed, Restored, Loved, Loved, Loved, Respected, Welcome, Transformed

Instructions:

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4:9-10 (NIV)

It is the cross where God proved his love for us. But many times it is hard for us to feel very loved. The words of our own mind and the words of others are more real to us than the words of God.

Look at the front side of the cross (the side with the red words). Read the words that are written there. As you come to a word that you feel is true about your life, or that others have called you or have made you feel then place you hand on that word.

The beauty of the cross is that none of those words are true about you. God loves you and proved that love in the cross. This means that you are important to God.

Move to the other side of the cross and read the words there that are true about you. Place your hand on any that are hard to believe and ask God to speak the truth of those words to your soul.

 

Healing Love

  • Heart shaped cutouts (you will need two for each worshiper)
  • Box for heart pieces

Instructions:

Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)

Take a heart from the stack on the table and find a place to be by yourself.
Think of the times in the past that you have been hurt. What pains are you still holding on to? What are you having trouble letting go? These pains may be things done to you by someone else or by your own mistakes. For each of these hurts tear a piece of your heart. Don’t hide the things that hurt you be honest with yourself as you tear your heart.

Now go back to the table and place the pieces of your heart in the box and get a new heart.

That new heart is the heart that God wants to give you. Real life hurt can’t be healed in one night, but all healing comes from God. It is God’s love for you that restores you and creates in you a new heart.

Take your new heart home as a reminder that God can heal you.

Love in Action

  • Index Cards
  • Pens
  • List of Actions (on back of instruction sheet)

Instructions:

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.” John 14:21 (NIV)

Love isn’t just a feeling it is action. Love is a verb. Look at the list of actions on the back of this sheet. They are each actions that require you to get out of your comfort zone and reach out in love.

Spend some time in prayer asking God to show you how He is asking you to reach out in love.

Take one of the cards from the table and write down the love actions that God is calling you to do. Then take this card home and put in somewhere that you will see it everyday as a reminder of your commitment to love.

The Actions:

I will spend time with someone who needs a friend

I will spend time with someone in this youth group who I don’t know very well.

I will stop gossip when I hear it, and I will not pass it on to others.

When I see someone getting picked on I will step in and defend him/her

I will do something nice for my parents

I will share the truth about Jesus with my friends.

I will remember that my life is a picture of the gospel for others and I will live a life that points others to God.

I will choose to stay away from places and situations that can ruin my testimony to others

I will take an interest in how God’s love is being shared around the world.