So the new people trend continued last night but with much less drama. We had great weather so most everyone was outside before service started. I decided a few things from that experience. First, we need some new sports equipment. The basketball was totally flat and very hard to play with. We also need more great weather play games most the night kind of days. We have a local park not far away with plenty of things to do so I’m thinking field trip and bring our portable sound system. It’ll be fun. Some people don’t enjoy growth.
One of my youth told me last night, “I wish those people would go home,” indicating a large group of new people. I asked her why thinking maybe there was some underlying drama but she was totally honest in her reply, “I like it when it is smaller. It’s more special.” I think that is the reason many churches and Youth groups don’t grow. People like it small and special so they work to keep it that way.
I’m not sure how to fix that concept but my plan is to try and make it more fun the more people we have. With many things there is a kind of critical mass that is required before things get really exciting. Certain games and such get way better with more people. Speaking of games. I have one that we can’t play all that often because we need people who have never played it before. We now have plenty of new bodies so I’ll be rolling it out soon. Details to come.
Anyways, the weather was perfect before during and shortly after service. Just as the last group, mostly new kids, was heading out it started raining. They were getting ready to leave because it started sprinkling. They went inside and made plans but by the time they actually started to leave it was raining really hard. I offered them a ride but they said, “We’re grown up enough to walk home in the rain.” I just smiled and told them if they changed their minds they could come back for a ride. A couple minutes after they left the rain and wind picked up into a rain I hadn’t seen since I was in a typhoon. Near vertical rain driving at 50mph so heavy you couldn’t see 5′. It was wild. They turned around and walked back through that and came in soaking wet. It was terrible but so freakin’ funny at the same time. Anyways, I gave them a ride to their homes in the church van. It was nice to talk with them on the way. Only one had been to the church before the rest came with her for the first time that night. So I got to spend several minutes talking with them while I served them.
We lost power at the house because of that so no update till now, but we have power back and my daughter is getting much better. We were going to take her to daycare for the first time today but she’s still a bit sick for that. Hopefuly tomorrow she’ll be well enough to go. We are planning on doing our V-day together time tomorrow since we have a party planned for the youth on Saturday. Actaully that is pretty cool since we are workgin with several churches in this event which is one of the things I’m really excited about.