one80 at the Movies: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Evening in a Sentence: Narnia is an amazing allegory for the awesome work of Christ.
Element of Fun: Movie Lines, in which students are challenged to be the first to identify what movie a particular line is from before the movie title is revealed. The guys once again won, though the score was separated by only one point.
What Worked: We got a little creative with our worship this week. Though I was not able to chat with any teens about their experience, they seemed to be deep in reflection during After All (Holy). (We gave each student a card with the song lyrics and some directing thoughts for them to focus on while spaced out around the room). The students really enjoyed being able to watch a large portion of the movie (as compared to other weeks), and Lauren did an excellent job of teaching and engaging the group with her message. The game was very involving, with nearly half of the crowd on stage to compete. Having Toby draw the winning entry for last week’s challenge was very well received. Having a text-based competition for this week’s challenge went over well, and I was able to allow teens to have a back door in for that one (and I forgot to mention that they can find the information they need through our Twitter account!)
What Needs Work: We did not have enough time for LIFE|Groups this week with so much content during the lesson, which was unfortunate since tonight was basically a Gospel presentation and we had two new (new to me) students here, and a couple of fresh faces who have only been once or twice. Several students still do not grasp the idea of reverence during times of worship through music.
Summary: The evening was a success. Students were engaged, they thought about the lesson, and though we were not able to go deep in discussion I feel that the point landed. Who will you follow, what will you choose? Will you follow after Christ toward life, or will you succumb to the temptations of the evil one?
Student Numbers: 27
Leader Numbers: 5
BONUS: After All (Holy) video