Read the article 'Music in God’s image' and answer the following questions. Then share your answers in pairs, small groups or in a classroom discussion.
1. How do you like to express your faith?
a. How is the way you express your faith different from the way your grandparents and parents do?
b. How is it the same?
2. What music resonates with you?
3. Do you hear music you like during Mass?
4. How could your parish incorporate music that speaks to young people during Mass?
5. Through her work with the Youth Engagement Project, Fiona helps young people plan liturgies that express their faith. Have you ever planned or been a part of a liturgy?
a. If yes, what did you do? How did it make you feel?
b. If no, how would you like to participate in a liturgy?
1. As a class, plan a liturgy like Fiona Dyball does with groups from her Youth Engagement Project. You could organise the liturgy around the Mass readings for the day or a feast day coming up. Then you could choose a poem, music, and symbols to be used during the liturgy. (Note: Consider where you could hold your liturgy and make sure you get permission to do so for the date you've set.)
After you’ve planned and practised your liturgy, you can invite other classes and/or parents to attend your class’s liturgy.
2. Break up into groups of three or four. As a group discuss your favourite church songs. What do you like about them? How do they make you feel? How do they deepen your faith?
Then, pick your group’s top three favourite church songs. After with the class, each group can share their top church song picks and share why these songs are their favourites.
Your class can then plan a liturgy, using their favourite songs.
For younger students
What’s your favourite song to sing in Church? Think about the lyrics of this song. How does this song express how you feel about God?
Draw a picture of how this song shows who God is to you.