See that cookie? That’s not how a cookie is supposed to look.
It’s not good to rage before the sermon at something totally unconnected to the sermon.
Sunday was cookie day. Last year, we hosted a teen activity where the teens baked cookies, eating as much as they wanted, and then delivered platters of those cookies to shut-ins. It was a huge success and several teens requested that we repeat the activity this year.
Yay for events requested by the teens we can actually do and do well!
So, we made announcements. We personally contacted the teens in person, by text, and on Facebook. We spoke especially to those who had requested to be there. We spoke to those who were too young; we decided this year, given the “all ages” aspect of baking, to have the teens host the entire congregation. Anyone who wanted: come and bake with us! It’ll be fun!
We got “Yes I’ll be there’s” from seven teens. I expected about five to show; two I knew would be likely no-shows, and probably one more. I got “Yes’es!” from two prospect teens that hadn’t been here for previous events.
Now, those of you in teen ministry: You know that a “yes!” doesn’t really mean a whole lot. You know that you can’t really count on anyone coming to anything; value every person who shows, because it means they’ve voted you more important than sitting and doing nothing – which is actually a pretty big deal.
Still, I expected four or five teens to show. I knew them; I thought they’d come.
Sunday morning… two teens in church. (more…)