It seems a good time to take stock on the Youth Weekend now that the dust has settled. It was a very busy few days with so many things happening but some of the highlights were.
Really good numbers, there were forty-five in all, including the Vine Group (about a dozen young people over sixteen and all believers) and two geriatrics (Jackie and myself). We hired two 17 seater minibuses, borrowed a van for the luggage and took three cars.
Good behaviour, for such a big group there were very few incidents to be addressed. Many of the young people had never attended any sort of service before but they all behaved really well and listened respectfully during the talks.
Not much sleep, I’ve noticed that staying up all night is an attractive proposition to people under sixteen. Thankfully, the Vine Group are young enough to endure keeping watch during the night whilst others could sleep and for that I am extremely grateful. Strangely, those who reject the concept of sleep during the night found the idea very attractive the following day. Sadly, it was pointed out to them that the idea of catching up on lost sleep in order to gain a second wind for the second night was out of the question!
There were many laughs over the weekend from the waterslide as seen in the previous post, to the mattress game to just generally messing about. I hope to post more pictures in the coming days.
Seven young people asked to become Christians! Insert prayer of thanks and praise here.
Twenty-two people attended an optional seminar to deal with questions for those thinking seriously about making a commitment.
The weekend was only possible thanks to the financial support of the church as well as all of the other things such as providing cakes, driving minibuses etc. I know that I routinely ask for prayer for the young people but it is so important that we pray for them at present. Pray for those just starting out on this fantastic journey of following Jesus. Pray for those currently counting the cost and considering the faith. Pray for those who are seeking to share their faith with people of their own age and younger.