It is hard to escape the reach of social media. It doesn’t seem that long ago that its reach affected only a select group of participants. Now, whether you use it or not, we see its influence everywhere: from the tweets referenced our evening news coverage to the hashtags we see popping up on billboards as we drive down the highway. We hear about it creating momentum for social movements like #BlackLivesMatter or last year’s #IceBucketChallenge for ALS. We even hear about in the recruitment of terrorist groups. For better or for worse, the world has seemingly been taken by this social storm.
So, what does this have to do with our faith? How does this increasingly connected and socially conscious world impact how we live out our faith—online and in-person?
“Like”—an original musical written by the youth of Christ the King — tells the stories about social media and our faith: how it is has become apart of our everyday life and how it intersects with our faith journey. The musical was written to tell the individual stories of several youth who are involved in their church youth group. The youth in these stories share the very real challenges and opportunities social media gives whether it be making friends, connecting with faraway friends and family members, or bullying. These stories are interjected with contemporary Christian songs accompanied by a live band.
Prior to performances at CtK, our youth will take their show on the road. “Like” will be performed during worship on Feb. 20-21 at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Benson, MN. We will welcome home the youth with performances here at CtK on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. and the final presentation at 6:30 p.m. RSVP and invite your friends, family, neighbors, and more on Facebook. Find out more about the musical.
Youth musical hits the road
If you’re active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other platform, you know full well that social media can be just as much a force for bad as it can be for good. Hidden behind the anonymity of their computer screens, many people feel entitled to post and share cruel things that have real consequences.
Follow the movement: #likeatctk
In the month leading up to the Youth Musical, we want to change this narrative and we want you to help us. Let’s be a force for good, a force for empowerment as we gear up for this year’s Youth Musical.
Here’s how it works:
1. Watch for the task!
Each week, we will announce a new social task with our various social platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).
2. Do it!
It may be as simple as taking a selfie with someone you care about!
3. Share it!
When you complete that social task, be sure to tag it with the hashtag #likeatctk.
Let’s spread the like around!