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Youth Trip "Commissioning"

Discussion in 'Pastoral Ministries' started by USN2Pulpit, Jun 3, 2005.

  1. USN2Pulpit

    USN2Pulpit New Member

    Mar 19, 2003
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    We have our youth group taking off on a trip this summer, and I'm interested in any ideas that might be out there concerning a short "commissioning" during AM services the Sunday before they leave - something that would show the youth that they are supported while allowing the congregation to invest themselves in the trip through prayer.

    Any ideas out there or programs you've seen work well?
  2. Squire Robertsson

    Squire Robertsson Administrator

    Jul 4, 2000
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    The Anglo/American Version: I'd use the short version of whatever your service is for the missionaries sent by your church.

    The Russian EC-B version:</font>
    • Depending on the size of the group-</font>
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      • If its under say seven including the leader(s), call the group up to the platform by name until their are all up front.
      • If the group is over seven, call the group up to the platform collectively.</font>
    • Speak about their trip, basicly giving them a charge.</font>
    • Pray over them</font>
      • Have the group kneel</font>
      • Have members of the church leadership (you and representaive deacons and/or a representative parent) lay hands on their head (one per group member)</font>
      • Either you can pray for the group collectively or you and the deacons can pray individually</font>
      • And/or each group member can pray</font>
    Yes, I know this kind of order of service looks a lot like a ordination service. But then that's what y'all are doing when it comes down to it. No, sense in being less serious about the endeavor your young people are embarking on for the summer. And our Russian brethren are more appropriatly "High Church" about these matters.
  3. patrick

    patrick New Member

    May 16, 2005
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    WE call the kids to the front of the church and ask for people to vol and stand with them. We let them know they are to pray specifically for that kid everyday and to lift him or her up.
  4. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman Active Member

    Dec 15, 2000
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    Our church usually brings the group up en masse and prays for them.