On Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 27 middle school students and 5 staff people left Hayward, WI @ 4am and bussed down to the Wisconsin Dells, WI to spend the day @ Noah’s Ark Waterpark. It was a great day! The students had a blast! The staff had a blast! I rode on every single ride again! It was fun!
This was the 8th year that I took our middle school group down to Noah’s Ark. This tradition started all the way back in 2004!
This past school year, about 10 elementary boys and I (and Pastor Heath and Wes) have really enjoyed playing Nerf battles here in our church building. The tradition kind of started when the students had a half-day of school and someone suggested that we get a couple of people together and play Nerf guns with each other. We didn’t broadcast announce it, just word of mouth and we’ve had around 10 students show up for these.
I’ve got to tell you… these Nerf battles are incredibly fun! Now I’m a particular kind of adult when I play games with kids: I don’t care! I don’t care if I win or lose… all I care about is playing. That’s just the kind of person I am. I’m not super competitive. All I care about is if the kids are having fun or not. So I usually have the least amount of darts and the simplest gun, but we laugh and play hard and it is really fun!
I really like that we have kept it small, but it has turned into a sort of tradition. Every time there is a half-day of school, all these participants are hounding me if we are going to do a Nerf battle. It’s been an amazing conduit for play-filled relationships and great memories!
You should try it sometime!
Last Sunday afternoon, May 1, 2011, the middle school students went down to the Patriot Paintball course in Chetek, WI and had a blast! The students (and the leaders) really enjoyed themselves.
The only negative part of the event was that it was really cold!! Note to self: Bring gloves next time!
Followers Skate City adventure outing, Sunday, January 16, 2011 from 12:30-5:00pm.
This past weekend (Dec 3-4), we took some middle and high school students to the PlanetWisdom conference in the Twin Cities. The theme this year was “A God You Can Know” which was a teenage version of a class on the theology of God: a look at the character of God. Mark Matlock, Zach Hunter, The Skit Guys, and Dutton all did a phenomenal job of communicating this theme and keeping things concrete and engaging for the students. Below are some videos of the weekend:Vodpod videos no longer available. Vodpod videos no longer available. Vodpod videos no longer available. Vodpod videos no longer available.
Last Sunday evening (10.10.10), we took the Followers (Kindergarten through 5th grade) out to the Yoder’s property and had a hayride available for half the group, while the other half ran through the cornfield, bobbed for apples, stuffed a scarecrow, and ran around. Then we switched groups. Then we had a campfire with smores and water to drink. All in all we had about 65 students in attendance and 15 or so adults.
We ran this event for the Followers in conjunction with a movie Pastor Mark wanted to show: “I Am”. It was a neat way to synchronize what we are continually doing with the children’s ministry to coincide with an adult event.