Saturday, September 22, 2012

CONFIRMATION: End of Year Class Project Video

I recently saw this video called "Evidence" on YouTube.  It's about 7 minutes long and is about a teenager who is charged with being Catholic.  She admits that she is and is about to be convicted but her attorney gets her off by saying it's a misunderstanding because based on her life, she doesn't really understand what it means to be Catholic.  It's fairly well done but the argument at the end could be better.

What a fantastic idea for a final confirmation project or a pre-NYG youth Sunday message!  They can either perform it live or create a video.  Have the kids write a script explaining and/or defending their faith.  The defendent wears a sign that says she is Catholic but there is no real evidence of that in her life.  The question the kids must consider is where is the evidence of your faith in your life?  Can people tell by your choices that you are a follower of Jesus?  Remember... if it comes from the heart of our faith, we do good works because we want to, not because we have to.

This video is really good right up until about minute 5 when he asks about serving the poor.  That's where the kids need to be creative about coming up with ways the person on trial shows they're Christian.  When did you serve the poor?  When did you stand up for somebody being bullied at school?  When did you befriend a "loser?"  When did you not follow the crowd because you knew what they were doing was not God-pleasing?  When did you turn off an inappropriate tv show?  Do you believe casual sex is ok?  When was the last time you read the Bible?  When was the last time you comforted a friend by sharing Jesus?  When was the last time you actually told somebody what you believe?  Carrying the sign of Christian or wearing a cross is not enough! 
This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9 (NIV 1984)
Live Love(d)!!

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