22 Jul | 9:56 am
So last night was the last night of another season. A season of new faces, (anyone else got one young person whose name you always forget), new Christians (get in there!) and a few yellow and red cards (our means of discipline – we do not yet have physical cards). As the sun set over our local park I took a moment to think, thank and take stock and reflect on a few things we should do this summer.
1. Celebrate. This morning I read Judges 5 where the great leader of Israel, Deborah sings in victory, tells the story to herself and takes a bit of credit. You will never know the impact you have had this year. Thank you for all you have done for young people. May you know God’s smile and his ‘well done.’ You are amazing. Keep going.
2. Thank your team. With about as much enthusiasm as they could muster, whilst maintaining the veneer of cool, our lads gave the team a heart-warming round of applause at the end of last night. Youth ministry is not an individual pursuit, but a team game. It is the joy and responsibility of the whole church. Take a moment to say thank you to everyone who has sold a tuck shop Creme Egg, given their testimony, been laughed at, shouted at, cried on or snotted on (it happens). Give everyone a high five and a Chupa Chups and bless them.
3. Reflect while it is still fresh. Take twenty minutes with a piece of paper. At the top of one column write, ‘Things we should do again’ and at the top of the other, ‘Things that could do with a tweak.’ There’s an optional third column, ‘Things we might have gone to prison for’ or ‘It seemed like a perfect illustration at the time’. The game ‘Flaming Dangerball 3000’ fits here. Remind yourself that there’s always room for improvement and kick on.
4. Think ahead. Is it me or are those summer holidays getting shorter?! When I was 8 those 6 weeks stretched ahead like the 10 season box set of Friends. Now it feels like an episode of The Simpsons. September will soon be here. I would love you to consider letting us help you out. We’ve just created 36 new sessions across 3 programmes, 11-14s, 15-18s, outreach, discipleship on a really exciting session builder platform with thousands more ideas. There’s a no obligation free trial and a long-term partnership with loads of cheeky bonuses starts at £10 a month. (Click the link below)
Thank you for all you do for young people, this beautiful thing we call the church and the Kingdom of God. May the Lord bless you all summer long and may the sun rise in September on another epic year.
Phil Knox is the Director of Resources at YFC and a volunteer at his local church
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