A busy yey great weekend!
The weekdn just gone was great although I am now shattered! It started off with a coffee morning that Yoof Klub ran, one highlight being our adopt-a-jellybaby scheme, where for 50p you could become the proud parent of a jellybaby, complete with birth certificate. A funny moment was one of the girls tried to get her mum to look after her jellybaby as she was tempted to eat it, which had happened to an earlier baby. Her mum refused, and as she gave in to temptation and bit off the baby's head, she cried out 'Mum, you're making me do this...' I'm sure there's a sermon illustration there for something somewhere - any ideas?
In the evening, we had a sleepover at Yoof Klub. We had a superhero theme and did lots of things, including a super hero hunt, where 3 leaders were hid around town with a super hero disguise and the young people had to find them. I also ran an activity where a team had to cross the kryptonite swamp (AKA the Hall floor) to get me a glass of water. They were only given a few chairs to use as transport. It was v funny to see their response as I told them when they had got back that I wouldn't drink it unless it had squash in it and they had to go back and get me some! The young people loved it and it was a great reminder that old ideas are still good and you don't need lots of equipment to have lots of fun!
It was a good night but I didn't sleep much. I was really excited the next morning as a number of young people hung around at church that don't normally come. We ran a special super-hero themed morning. The young people didn't go into church at all and we looked at Jesus as the ultimate yet unlikely hero. We split people into groups to look at a different part of Jesus' life and they were given a challenge to come up with a comic strip of the story. It generally worked really well and at the end we put the comic strip together to look at the 'Adventures of Jesus.'
This was followed by the car park party, a renowned event at Enfield Baptist Church, involving a car park , various inflatables, ice cream factory, throwing wet sponges at the minister, strawberries and cream, general fun for everyone and finishing with all-age worship! A number of young peope from Yoof Klub stuck around for that as well and it was good for them to see people of all different ages having fun together, and the weather was beautiful! It was weekend that made me feel all fuzzy inside and grateful for the church that I go to. And Daniel is now talking to himself, saying 'Happy, happy, happy, happy!' Beautiful! Also, my senior minister ordered me to have today off as I worked so hard. Lovely.