Wednesday, September 10, 2008
It’s time once again to begin our weekly Sunday night meetings. Every year, we try to start with an activity or event that encourages both individuality and community. This year, we’ll open Sunday night by handing each youth a ceramic tile. We’ll have paint and brushes ready on the tables. The goal is to create on the tile a design (through words, pictures, and colors) that represents you. Once the tiles have dried, I’ll take them on Monday to the local craft studio. For a very small fee, the studio will glaze and fire the tiles. Once the tiles have been glazed, we’ll arrange them on a cross, glue them on, and fill the spaces between tiles with grout. When it’s all said and done, we’ll have a beautiful cross that represents us both as a community and as individuals. We’ll also leave room to add new tiles as people join us throughout the year. Later in the year, the cross will be used as an offering during youth worship.
The following Sunday, we’re planning to host our first ever family night. After spending some time talking with parents, I realized that most families don’t know one another very well. I’m hoping that by hosting a family night, we can have a picnic, play some games, worship, and really get to know one another. When families begin spending time together, my assumption is that the sense of community will only strengthen. This may eventually lead to a family retreat.
Then, two weeks from this Sunday, we travel to our annual corn maze festival. We rent a school bus, fill it up with kids, go the maze, and eat lots of hot dogs and roasted marshmallows. Activities like this encourage fun fellowship and easy entry for those who may be new to the group.
How about you? How are you beginning your youth group activities? We would love to hear from you.