Purity Weekend Activities

by Hannah Wahlig

Purity weekends are organized by churches or community groups for children and teenagers. The weekends often include activities, discussions, debates and lectures about the definition and value of purity. Activities during purity weekends allow teenagers hands-on opportunities to explore the themes of purity such as chastity, honesty and confession. Activities can be adapted to suit specific ages groups or thematic elements.

Envisioning Purity

Provide teens or children with a large supply of art materials. Include construction paper, colored pencils, markers, glue, glitter, pastels and paint. Instruct participants to close their eyes while a leader reads a pre-written passage or a piece scripture describing purity. Participants can then open their eyes and begin to draw an image of what purity looks like. Drawings can be abstract depictions of color or concrete images of things like water or the church. When students have finished, ask them to imagine what the opposite of purity might be and what it would look like. Have participants write on the top of their page the word that they think sums up the opposite of purity and then draw what it might look like. Ask participants to share their work with a partner or the whole group. Lead a discussion about which interpretations of purity are individual and which are universal.

Purity Collage

Collect various magazines from several different genres including teen magazines, lifestyle magazines, parenting magazines and gardening magazines. Split the whole group into teams of three or four. Give each group a theme of magazines; one group should receive several parenting magazines, another should receive several teen magazines, etc. Each team is to make one collage of purity and one collage of impurity by cutting out images or words from their magazines. Share the finished collages with the class. Discuss the images associated with each theme. Discuss that purity and impurity can be found in each magazine category because purity and impurity are part of our entire world.

Following the Path

Prior to the activity, a leader should design a walking maze or labyrinth. Mazes can be constructed out of chalk on asphalt or concrete, out of natural materials like sticks or pieces of wood, or drawn on a large cloth tarp and placed outside on the ground. Create several "What Would You Do" scenarios and write them on cards. Place the cards at intersections in the maze in which a correct answer leads to the next card and an incorrect answer leads to a dead end. Scenarios could include, "You have brought home a failing grade on a report card. Would you tell your parents or alter the grade?" , or, "You've been dating someone you really like for over three months and she asks you to go for a drive to a private area. Do you go to the area or suggest another activity?" You can also include scenarios that do not include answers. Instead have an instructor stand at the impasse, deliver the scenario, and then determine if the answer is correct or not. Teens navigate the maze in teams of two or three. Discuss with teens the notion of meditating on purity and navigating a world full of opportunities to make pure or impure decisions

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About the Author

Hannah Wahlig began writing and editing professionally in 2001. Her experience includes copy for newspapers, journals and magazines, as well as book editing. She is also a certified lactation counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mount Holyoke College, and Master's degrees in education and community psychology from the University of Massachusetts.