Saturday, April 19, 2003
Tea lights, coffee houses, guitars and one mic...
"For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
And not only this, but we also exult in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation."
Tonight at the high schoolers' fellowship, we had a "coffee house" event - we took over the church's dining hall, set up a stage surrounded by coffee tables, couchs, chairs, and had a night of music performances, drama, and sharing. And yeah, there was coffee - plus Italian sodas, tea, and various cookies, chips, snacks, etc. Definitely a different kind of environment and a nice change of pace.
"What does Easter mean to me?" was the theme for the night. Myself and the other counselors for the most part were only in charge of serving drinks / food, with the kids being on point for the performances, decorations, and the program. It's their first managed event for the year, but they did a great job.
I'm proud they really took ownership of the event... perhaps we'll have more in the future. In my opinion, the best kinds of activities for the kids are the unconventional sort - I think it's important the kids have a practical and real outlet for exercising their faith while they're young.
It's an inevitable that at some point in time, as the kids grow older, their faith will be put to serious tests by the harshness that is life in this world, and the only thing that will anchor them to the truth will be the memories of God's love working through them and their firsthand experiences.
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