Preparation: After NYC
When you return home after NYC, we hope that you feel re-energized and ready to share your experiences. Try a few of these ideas to help you process the whole NYC experience.
Reflect (alone and with others)
Think about the entire experience of NYC, from fund-raising, to singing, to the words of all the speakers. What did it all mean to you? Did NYC change you? How? What did it mean to others who attended? If you have a journal, write some of your thoughts there.
Share with family and your congregation
Since your family and most of your congregation didn’t go to NYC, help them experience it through your memories. What was meaningful to you? When did you feel God’s presence? Tell them about your reflections. Share your pictures, t-shirts, wrap-up video, conference booklet, pillow, and any other items that will help you describe your experience. This will also be a good way for you to process all that happened during the week.
Ask your pastor how you can be more involved in the life of your local congregation. Your youth group could plan a worship service to share your NYC experience. Share your musical, public speaking, or other unique talents. It’s time to step up and live out your faith!