Southeast Texas Lent Youth Idea 4: Taize

Lent in Southeast Texas

Ideas for Golden Triangle Youth Groups.  Part 4 -Taize.

We’re back with Part 4 of our SETX Church Guide Ideas for Southeast Texas Youth During Lent.

Part 1 was Fasting. This could be fasting rom food or other items popular with today’s Southeast Texas youth: television, video games, texting, gossiping, etc.

Lent Beaumont TX, Lent SETX, Lent Southeast Texas, Lent Golden Triangle TX, Lent Port Arthur, Lent Nederland TX

Part 2 was Prayer and Reading Bible Passages. Youth were encouraged to choose meaningful or simple passages and feel free to read them over and over- no need to get all of the meaning out of the first reading. Southeast Texas youth were also encouraged to pray for God to help them select passages that he had prepared for their hearts and to pray for a deeper understanding of the passages. Parents were encouraged to get involved and not rely entirely on our youth pastors – messages this important should begin at home.

Bible Study Beaumont TX, Lent Beaumont TX, Lent SETX, Lent Southeast Texas, Lent Golden Triangle TX, Lent Port Arthur, Lent Nederland TX

Part 3 was Labyrinth – a pattern to walk and turn in a way that opens the mind to meditation and prayer. We pointed readers to a labyrinth built by First Christian Church in Beaumont and encouraged other Southeast Texas churches with labyrinths they’d be open to sharing with Southeast Texas youth groups to share their information on our SETX Church Guide Facebook page.

Southeast Texas Christian Events, Lent Bridge City TX, Lent Orange TX, Lent Mauriceville, Lent Beaumont TX, Lent Vidor, Lent Lumberton TX,

Part 4 is Taize.

Taize is again a tool you can use to help your Southeast Texas youth group slow their mind and get outside of their “faster is better” mentality that we instill in them in school, hobbies, and athletics.

The Taizé Community is a monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.

Taize is composed of about 100 brothers who come from Protestant, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic traditions.

That is a really nice feature to those of us here at SETX Church Guide – it is our mission to help foster a true Southeast Texas Christian community, so examples of Christian churches working together like Taize are heartwarming for us.

It’s nice when we get beyond our “Baptist”, “Catholic”, “Methodist”, “Assemblies of God” labels to our most important label – Christian.

The Taize brotherhood sets a nice example for those of us in the Southeast Texas Christian community.

The Taize brothers come from about 30 countries across the world. The monastic order has a strong devotion to peace and justice through prayer and meditation.

It is this Taize meditation that we think could benefit your Southeast Texas youth groups during Lent.

The Taize meditation is led by chants that are repeated with varying layers of harmonies overlapping.

We said it before during Part 1 of our Southeast Texas Youth Lent Ideas series on fasting – it is intriguing how similar some traditions are across cultures. In the Judeo Christian traditions there is a long history of chanting and rhythmic prayer. There are similar traditions in Hinduism, Buddhims, and Jainism.

The Taize chorus’ will be easy for Southeast Texas youth groups  to learn and sing.

Southeast Texas Christian Events, Lent Bridge City TX, Lent Orange TX, Lent Mauriceville, Lent Beaumont TX, Lent Vidor, Lent Lumberton TX,

Much like in Part 3 of our Southeast Texas Youth Lent ideas on Christian labyrinths, the repetitive nature of the music leaves the brain relaxed and focused.

Help your SETX youth fight the urge to get bored with the song – in our youth culture there is a tendancy to assume an activity will be boring or mundane.

Instead, help your Southeast Texas youth group meditate on the words and allow themselves to enjoy the presence of God.

Try putting together a Taize service for your youth.

Light some candles and provide a distraction-free environment.

Lent Wooville TX, Lent Jasper Tx, Lent Big Thicket, Lent East Texas, Lent Lufkin TX, Lent Nacogcoches, Lent Angelina County

Southeast Texas youth pastors can find many different Taize videos on Youtube.

If you have a guitar player and singer, you can find tabs and lyrics online for your own Southeast Texas youth Taize service.

Southeast Texas Youth Taize Service, Lent Wooville TX, Lent Jasper Tx, Lent Big Thicket, Lent East Texas, Lent Lufkin TX, Lent Nacogcoches, Lent Angelina County

We hope you enjoyed Part 4 of SETX Church Guide Ideas for Southeast Texas Youth During Lent.

Stay tuned for more Beaumont Christian news, information, and inspiration.

With over 400 local articles each year for the Southeast Texas Christian community, we work hard to help you keep plugged into the spirit.

Southeast Texas Christian Marketing, Advertising Southeast Texas, SETX Marketing, Golden Triangle advertising media, advertising campaign Beaumont TX, advertising media Beaumont TX,

Can we help you promote your Southeast Texas Church, business, or event?

We’d love to assist you.

  • Daryl Fant, Publisher. SETX Church Guide
  • (512) 567-8068
  • SETXChurchGuide@gmail.com

Christian Advertising SETX, Southeast Texas Christian Marketing, Advertising Southeast Texas, SETX Marketing, Golden Triangle advertising media, advertising campaign Beaumont TX, advertising media Beaumont TX,

Church Directory Beaumont TX, church information Lumberton TX, Golden Triangle Christian news

 

 

Share

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,