Two weeks ago, we were excited to welcome the Forma Annual Conference to Indianapolis. It was a long but exhilarating week! The theme for the conference was Formed to Proclaim: Conversations on Liturgy and Evangelism. The conference program invited us to reflect on the intersection of liturgy, evangelism, and faith formation in our ministry contexts. All of the speakers challenged us to think about the role of liturgy in our ministry contexts, and how liturgy forms us to be disciples of Jesus and share the good news with others.
As a part of this conference, I was delighted to lead a workshop on experiential worship and setting up prayer stations. Conference participants joined me to discuss experiential worship, its place in faith formation, and to brainstorm ways that we can use hands-on worship in our various ministries. It was a fantastic workshop and participants had some great ideas on how they can integrate prayer stations into their contexts.
Below you will find some photos of the various prayer stations I set up. We did this workshop in a hotel ballroom, so I was limited in some of my supplies. This was a great way to show people how you can set up prayer stations and create sacred space in any context! With a few adaptations, we had a sacred place for worship and prayer.
In trying to illustrate all of the different ways to set up prayer stations, I showcased ten, about half of which I designed for children and families, and the other half I designed for youth and adults.
(DISCLAIMER: None of the photos are mine; I was much too busy leading the session to snap some pictures. Thank you to the workshop participants who shared these with me!)
Here you will find links to the resources that I shared with workshop participants:
I hope these resources are helpful as you consider how to use prayer stations in your ministry context! If you have questions or want to see other examples of curated prayer stations, please contact me.
Thanks, Forma, for inviting me to share this with our network! Look for more reflections on the Forma Conference sometime in the near future. :)
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Victoria Hoppes is the Camp Director at Waycross Episcopal Camp and diocesan youth ministry coordinator for the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Learn more about Victoria here.