Mountain Top Art | UMC YoungPeople
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February 2019

Mountain Top Art

By Jeremy Steele

Having “mountain top” experiences with God are incredible gifts, but if they never change our daily lives, they are wasted. This activity will help students process those experiences and use their creativity to explore how what they discover on the mountain nation top can be brought into their world like Jesus did with the disciples in Luke 9:28-43.

Before you meet, gather a bunch of art supplies. Markers, paint, blank paper, clay, etc. Try to get as many different kinds of art supples including blank lined paper and pens for writing.

Begin by explaining to your students that when we have deep spiritual experiences like often happens at camp or in mission, they are meant to help us lean things about ourselves or about God that we live out in the real world. Each student is going to use the supplies to create some piece of art that depicts the mountain top experience and how that experience can be expressed in their world.

Begin by giving students time to think about what they have experiences and discovered in their own spiritual life. Then invite them to create.

Finish the time sharing the creations asking students to share what they discovered on the mountain top and how they want to live it out in their everyday life.

When he's not playing with his four children with his wonderful wife, Jeremy is the associate pastor at Los Altos UMC in Los Altos, CA. Jeremy has spent over twenty years working in youth and children's ministry and continues to train children and youth workers as well as writing and speaking extensively in that field. His most recent book is the "All the Best Questions." You can find a list of all his books, articles, and resources for churches at