Friday Night Flood in Review – 1/18


friday-night-flood.jpgWe had a noticeable drop in attendance tonight. This is probably a huge contributor to why we had such a relatively easy evening. Of course, we also had virtually all of our leadership staff present before the doors opened, and were able to pray together with several students as well. This I really give most of the credit to for our largely incident-free evening of ministry.

We were very reserved, no big plans, no big games. I even had the opportunity to school 3 different students in table tennis (or ping-pong, however you like to speak), and engage them in meaningful conversations. Not something I have been able to do with some of our “Problem Students” present. And though I do love those students,Friday Night Flood is a much simpler place when they are not present. We adults are free to engage other students in activities, games, and conversations. We are not forced into a police state where we have to babysit a handful of students the entire evening. Someone brought up the passage from the Gospels where Jesus instructs His disciples to “shake the dust from their sandals” if the town where they are attempting to minister in is not receptive in our meeting last week, and though I do not agree with shoehorning it into this situation (we are inviting the teens into our “town”), there is merit for the principal to apply. Though it still breaks my heart to have been forced to bar those handful of students, it has so far been better for the rest of the group, and better for the program. (And we still will reach out to these students, should they allow us to). Though I did find out the one student from that crowd that we were going to extend one more chance to got busted for marijuana usage after leaving the church last Friday and is grounded for the next two months. Hmmm… Makes one wonder…

Anyway, the videos we showed were enjoyed, our game for the evening was fun, our message sought to show more of who Martin Luther King Jr. was, since our kids have Monday off in honor of his birthday, and our presenter did a great job of tying in his story with God’s story for our teens.

There really isn’t much more to report tonight. An easy evening, and we do not get many of those. Our only real problem was a couple of girls sneaking out and winding up across town…

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