Last night we had our first worship night and focused on prayer. After we played some games and checked in with each other through highs and lows we spent some time in prayer.
We rotated freely through five stations to interact with God in different ways. The stations were:
1.) Word: highlighting or marking Scripture that has impacted us.
2.) Wipe Your Sins Away: asking God for forgiveness of our sins, and reflecting on where God is calling us through His grace.
3.) Rest: time to dwell in the Bible, journal, pray, or just be.
4.) Praise and Thanksgiving Wall: writing down what we are thankful for. (The whiteboard was covered)
5.) Pray for the World: posting sticky notes on a map of the world, as we prayed for different countries.
We ended our night with some worship, and a closing prayer.
Tonight’s theme was Fellowship. We had an awesome time playing some new games that Nora came up with. We started off the night upstairs with a great free-for-all, real life Mario Kart Battle. Unlike the video game, where the balloons are attached to a kart, tonight we tied balloons to our ankles and tried to pop everyone else’s balloons. We played a few free-for-all rounds, a couple of team rounds, and finally the boss level. For the final round we set a chair in the center of the room, tied one balloon to everyone, and made sure everyone was touching the chair before we started. Check out the chaos below!
After some ridiculous fun upstairs, we moved down to the lower level of the DC for some team building. For this activity we split the group in two and blindfolded half of them. Then the team that wasn’t blindfolded was shown a shape, letter, or state. They then had to arrange the blindfolded group into that shape. What a great night of team building and fun!
For our first Worship night of the 2015-16 school year we met the worship team and talked about the importance of Sabbath Worship. We learned that we can worship God with anything we do. To explore the idea of worshiping God everywhere and in everything we do, we played a game called Cranium. In this game we were asked to draw, sculpt, spell, answer questions, and sing to make our way around the game board.
After we played the game, we met as prayer partners. Our juniors and paired up with a freshman or sophomore to pray for one another. After spending intentionally time praying for one another, we moved our worship to the sanctuary, sang songs of praise, and sought the presence of Christ in our lives and in that space.
Last Sunday the High School Youth of Eikon worked together to make 16 breakfast casseroles and 4 dozen hard boiled eggs to help feed the homeless here in Des Moines. The casseroles will go to the Salvation Army Food Truck which hits the streets every Tuesday and Friday morning. To learn more about the Food Truck ministry of the Salvation Army, and to see how you could make your own casseroles, CLICK HERE.
Check out all how all the action went down in the pictures below:
We began our first learning night by reading the 1st commandment out of Exodus 20:3-6. Then we asked what the point of this rule was. We realized that in our reality here in central Iowa, we really don’t run into situations very often where people are actually worshiping other/lots of gods. So to better understand the reason this commandment was important we looked into a few different stories from scripture where other gods played a prominent role. Here’s what we read:
Our first week of Eikon is in the books! We had a great turn out from both youth and parents! Together we got together to share a meal and learn about the plan for the year ahead. Each week we’ll focus on one letter of the acronym FLOW. These stand for Fellowship, Learning, Outreach, and Worship. Each of these themes has an adult and a student leader who are in charge of organizing and leading these events. Please take a minute to check out our calendar available by clicking on the calendar tab, or right here. This calendar can be downloaded directly into your own calendar and should be updated automatically whenever changes are made.
Once we got all of that business out of the way, we had an opportunity to enjoy each others’ company with our first Fellowship night of the year. We played a memory game to get to know each other and Austin Kock ended up beating out everyone by remembering long lists of books in the Bible, Batman villains, nail polish brands, and numbers. Way to go Austin!
We followed that up by playing a few rounds of the classic Eikon game, Gargon. This is an intense mix of capture the flag, hide and seek, and flashlight tag. What a blast! And in case you’re wondering what in the world is going on in the video below, while the Gargon was busy hiding the pieces of the flashlight, Jamie asked the youth to face the wall. This fine group of gentlemen decided to pass the time by making up their very own Christmas song.