Tour the sanctuary, and discuss each aspect of the building and worship service.
Visit other churches with different styles of worship.
Plan an innovative worship service for your youth ministry, or the entire church.
Teach on the attributes of God, singing songs that reflect the particular characteristic.
Use worship music and lyrics in your teaching.
Talk about how worship has impacted your perspective on God and how you live for Him.
Worship and Prayer
Explore different postures for prayer – holding hands, standing, kneeling, laying prostrate on the ground.
Write prayers as a letter to God. Hand out paper to your students with the heading “Dear God,” or “Dear Daddy,”.
Pray through each letter of the alphabet concerning the attributes of God's nature that begin with that specific letter. For example, using the letter P: We praise you for Your Power. We thank you for Your Patience.
One word prayers. Give an opening sentence and let students complete the sentence with a word. For example: Lord, we thank you for… We praise you for because… You are worthy of our worship because of your…
After a time of worship, allow your student to go to whomever God may lay on their heart and pray for and with them. This time also allows for personal reflection, as well as confessing sin and the reconciling of a relationship.
Worship and Creative Arts
Develop worship teams utilizing students in your group.
Have creative students write worship music.
Use interpretive dance as a means for praise and worship. New insights can be captured through visually seeing the meaning to the words we sing.
Have students write their own Psalm or poetry that reflects their worship of God.
Drama is a great form of expression. Use drama to depict a characteristic of God, or around the theme of a worship service.
Have students paraphrase older hymns into contemporary language. Sing the paraphrased hymns as a group.
Incorporate student testimonies as a part of worship events.
Worship and Creative Response
After worship, have an “open altar” time, where students can come and be prayed over for any area of their lives.
Share communion together as a group, signifying what Jesus did for them on the cross. Hand out slips of paper to your students. Have them write on the slips of paper any sins that they need to confess. Collect them in a bowl. Pour grape juice into the bowl, over the slips of paper – signifying that through the blood of Christ, our sins are covered and erased. Take communion out of the same bowl, dipping chunks of bread into the bowl. (Of course we suggest that you check with your own senior pastor about the theological foundation of communion before making a decisions for worship).
Using butcher paper or posterboard, let students write out responses of what God means to them. It could be written out prayers, artwork, single words that reflect God’s character, or lyrics to worship songs. Post those around the room and let other students be impacted by what God is doing in the life of their friends.
Build a giant cross. Hand out slips of paper and let students write out their sin or areas that they want to surrender to God. Have them come and nail those to the cross as a sign of surrender to God.
As a part of a worship time, have your students wash one another’s feet. Read the account of the Last Supper in John 13, where Jesus gave us a model and a visual lesson in serving one another. Take the lead by washing one of your student’s feet. Have them in turn do the same to another student. Continue on until everyone has his or her feet washed. As a variation, have your group pair off with someone. Have them wash one each other’s feet, spending time in prayer with each other.
Have a weekend retreat where from sunup to sundown students must remain silent. This is truly and awesome experience for many of them. You can guide them through this experience by giving them tools to make their time of silence more beneficial, such as special Bible chapters, worship song sheets, workbooks, or devotionals.
Plan a retreat or worship evening where the students are responsible for the entire worship program. You can give them guidance, but it is their responsibility to put the worship times together and lead them.
Develop your own worship life. This can be through playing a musical instrument, by listening to worship music, or by utilizing any other forms of worship that are meaningful to you.
When in your church worship service – worship.
When in your youth ministry worship times – worship (don’t be busy about the program).
Keep a journal. Many times our thoughts and prayers lead to spontaneous worship of our Creator.
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