Caleb, Noah and Zachary were all in this year’s children’s Christmas choir and the performance of “A Treelot Christmas” at our church on Christmas Eve!
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Micah (our 8th grader) and Caleb (our 6th grader) have been performing all over the place this Christmas season with the homeschool choir they are a part of! This is Caleb’s first year, Micah’s third year. This particular performance is the one they did at Brandywine Valley Baptist Church on December 3rd.
Last month Noah (my almost ten year old) and I went on a weekend mission trip with our church’s children ministry to Philadelphia with the Philadelphia Project. It was a pretty amazing weekend; the age group was third through fifth grade, which was a first for me. Noah was really excited for the trip and even with his broken arm never held back from jumping in and working.
We spent the weekend in a combination of great worship times put together by Philadelphia Project, education about inner city Philly, and serving on various work sites. Noah and I were were with a group working to gut a room so that future groups could come in and do the actual remodeling. Which meant we spent the day scraping, pulling down a ceiling, cleaning, and generating a lot of dust. It was pretty impressive to see what a group of nine to eleven year olds can accomplish when they’re given the opportunity!
All in all, it was a great trip. It was fun to build some memories with Noah as well. Out of my four sons, the only one left who hasn’t gone on a mission trip with me yet is Zachary! But we’ll let him get a little older, first …
Last weekend we had an amazing concert night with the Small Town America Tour. It was also our first foray into pyrotechnics in the sanctuary …
The concert itself was a blast. Openers Scarlet White and Shonlock were both amazing, with Shonlock really winning over the teens – they’ve been begging me every time they see me to bring him back for another show where he can have more time and really go to town! Seventh Day Slumber is definitely a rock band. They came out hard and it was amazing. I have to admit, the flame throwers were really, really cool. The lead singer also gave a powerful message that saw a number of kids raise their hands to commit, or recommit, their lives to God which was an incredible thing to witness. Fireflight finished out the night strong, belting out songs from their new album as well as older favorites.
I have to admit, our attendance was not where I was hoping. Usually the bulk of the online ticket sales happen in the days before the show … which this time around was when all the weather reports were saying a hurricane was going to blow through Wilmington the same time as our concert was. Instead of fielding calls about the show, I was answering the question over and over as to whether or not we were going to cancel. The storm never actually hit, but it did damage none-the-less! The bands told me that was the challenge they were running into all that weekend. Even so, they rocked the room like it was packed – I’d definitely recommend ANY of the acts to anyone looking to work with great bands and host an awesome concert!
I look forward to the blob all year long. Because I make teens fly.
Anyway, here’s the music video/highlights video from our 2015 Student Ministry Retreat! It was a blast!
The 2015 Student Ministry Retreat is a wrap! What a weekend! We had a great turnout, amazing weather, and an exciting kick off to the new school year. Our theme for the weekend was #Hashtag; essentially, we took popular hashtags from social media and used them as launching points for our three talks and two small group times. Over the weekend we worked our way through the basics of who Jesus is, a call to commit/recommit to Him, and a challenge to be a light for Him throughout the week in school, our neighborhoods, homes, and sports teams.
Of course, there was a LOT of fun involved with the weekend. I made another rules video (you can see it on the student ministry Facebook page), we tried out Human Hungry Hippo, had our annual candle lighting ceremony, played lazer tag in the woods, went water tubing, bounced on a jumping pillow, used the water slide, played with the canoes, and sent kids airborne off the blob. My son Caleb, an incoming sixth grader, tried it for the first time and got some great air – you can see a picture below!
I came into this weekend feeling nervous; the last half year has been kind of wild at our church. Our senior pastor retired after having first came to the church in 1975. Along with the other pastors, I was pulled in a lot of directions during the transition time. Between mission trips, the senior pastor search, mission trips. and more the summer flew by faster than usual. Even so, I came away from the retreat feeling like in spite of all the chaos going into it, our theme saturated the weekend better than we’ve seen in years. It was amazing how many kids came to me Saturday night and told me the ways they were being impacted by the retreat. Our goal is to see this continue in our student small groups – we took big steps to make sure kids were connecting with their small group leaders so that those critical conversations can continue in the weeks to come!
All in all, it was a great weekend! Now to catch up on some sleep …
Sometimes it’s the little things that make you feel most appreciated.
This photo is from the VBS party/cookout our team through for the residents in Stockholm and New Sweden during our mission trip to Maine. There were a handful of kids who came with drawings thanking us for the VBS!
Taking 22 middle school students on a mission trip to Northern Maine means about 16 hours of driving in each direction … and we don’t allow them to bring ANY devices on the trip! So we spend the time talking, playing games, getting to know each other, and making lip sync videos! The funny thing is, as much as all the kids fear the drive ahead of time, they’re shocked at how fun it is to travel with a bunch of friends and no electronics!
Anyway, here’s the music video/lip dub my van came up with!
All three of our student missions trips are back home! Yesterday in church we took over both of the worship services to allow the students and leaders to share what God had done through them, and showed them through the trips to Maine, Boston, and Guatemala.
It’s the first time we’ve done the reports during the worship services; in the past, it was always a separate event – it was exciting to see our students be the sermon with their stories and lessons from the scriptures they shared, with the congregation as a whole being blessed by them!
In the next few days, the audio and video from the reports will go live – stay tuned for more!
I am particularly excited about this year’s student missions report! In the past, we’ve had several different, smaller reports, which have always been great – but only a small part of the church is actually able to make them. This year? We’re taking over both worship services on June 28th so the whole church can hear the students share about what they’ve experienced!
The plan is to have all 65 students and adult leaders sitting on the risers on the platform for both worship services (9am and 10:30am), with half of the students from each of the three teams sharing at the first service, and the other half sharing at the second service. In addition, students will help lead worship, we’ll have a short slideshow from all three trips, and there are even some baptisms to be celebrated as well! Personally, I’m thrilled to see the students have the opportunity to share what they have seen God do and how they have grown in their faith in a way we have never done before as a church! This is one Sunday that people will definitely not want to miss!