There are many ways you can use video for reflective moments. Here are some ideas I've used over the years:
- Take one or more passages of Scripture and reveal them slowly with some soft musical background. This can be a great alternative to just having someone stand up and read the passage(s) out loud (which I also love to do, by the way!). All you need to pull this off is a simple video editing program like Windows Movie Maker.
- Use video as a prayer prompt. When the earthquake in Haiti happened, I used the video above in our youth service as a moment of reflection and prayer. Using video can give you an opportunity to do a "guided" prayer experience and prompt students to focus on different things over the course of a few minutes.
- Silent reflection. Sometimes it's a powerful tool to use a video with no music or sound in the background. Try revealing Scripture or quotes that tie in to your theme/message. You could also use video to put questions up on the screen and have students silently reflect on them before worship or the message. This has been a really awesome experience the times I've done it with students!
I hope this series has been useful to you! I love using video in youth ministry, and I'd love to hear some creative ways you've used it as well. Comment this post and if I get enough ideas I'll do a post with some of them on it!
- Tim B.