We had our senior high Superbowl party yesterday! Please tell me you rocked the 3D glasses as well? Definitely a lot of fun, and we had a decent turnout – about 35-40 of us packed up in the loft. Lots of food, amazing game. What was also cool for me as a youth pastor is that I felt like I connected with pretty much everyone there.
I spent a couple years working with the after school youth program at the YMCA in Boothbay before moving here, which I loved … but I also learned some great habits there. One of them was rotating attention; they literally would have someone come in and watch us every couple weeks and count how many times we rotated our attention – in other words, moved on to another group of kids insteadd of spending the whole afternoon focused on just a few. I hated it at first, but it really built a great habit of rotating around the room; every 3-5 minutes moving on to another group of kids, jumping in, having some conversations, making some connections, etc. Honestly, at this point it happens without even thinking about it, which I really like. Where the Superbowl is several hours long, I was rotating more like every ten minutes, but still, the point is that I had conversations with pretty much everyone. It’s definitely a habit that I’ve come to believe every youth worker should have.