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Come Home is appropriate for participants at diverse stages of life and faith. The activities and readings provided allow them to interact with the themes at different levels, involving their own experiences and feelings. Some may spend a long time with one reading, feeling deeply challenged by its implications for their lives; others will dip into everything that's offered and be left with a wonderful sense of the breadth of God's involvement in their lives. Come Home is ideally suited to all-age participation, too. A children's guide on the CD-ROM suggests ways in which some children might engage with the rooms, but others will be happy to go around on their own, or with a parent or older friend, to encounter God in their own way.
Come Home is best presented by a group of between five and 10 people. There is a fair amount of preparation involved, but getting the work done is not the most important reason for doing this project as a group. A key theme of this worship experience is community, and if tackled as a group, the preparation can become a valuable part of the worship experience. Talking about the themes and planning what could go into each room will help your team members grow in their faith and encounter God as they prepare the experience for others.
To begin your preparation of Come Home, do the Bible study on the theme of home on page 65 with the setup team. This will help your team to start thinking about the overall theme of the experience and the most relevant and effective ways to communicate it to participants. You may also want to use the Bible studies for each of the rooms as the setup team begins to work on each room.
Discuss as a team what to include in each room. Come Home is a flexible resource, and it will work best if you and your team make it your own, choosing activities, Bible passages, details, and your own ideas to make it relevant to your own location and authentic to your team. You may want to assign individuals or pairs to be in charge of each room; their task will be to include the team's ideas and comments and collect the props and materials that are needed for that room. As you finally set up Come Home, you will want to allocate jobs according to people's skills-the physically strongest to move the furniture, the most artistic to paint words onto glasses, and so on. But allow the people who were responsible for each room to have the final say about its design and presentation. As the leader of the team, your job will be to release people to use their creativity and ideas, rather than control in minute detail what happens in each room.
As you discuss, prepare, and collect what is needed, pray that participants will encounter God in surprising ways.