This is an activity that I like to do with older participants (especially adults) who have a little more knowledge of the Church’s repertoire of hymns. I call it “If I Were a Church Hymn” and it basically invites participants to think of which Church hymn they would choose as either:
- their theme song
- the hymn that best captures the state of their spiritual life at this moment
- their all time favorite hymn
The activity works best when you have hymnals available to allow participants to peruse titles and lyrics to stimulate their thinking. When all are ready, you simply go around the group and ask people to share what hymn they picked and why. Don’t force folks to sing however you’ll find that some feel compelled to do so and that is most welcome.
You’ll be surprised to find out how serious and even emotional the sharing can be. It’s a great way to get people to share about themselves and their faith in a non-threatening manner because they think they are talking about a hymn but they are really talking about their own personal faith!
This is a particularly effective exercise with catechists who usually have a pretty good knowledge of Church hymns.
If YOU were a Church hymn, which would you be?