Over the last few years there has been a great push towards strengthening relationships between various age groups – a lot of focus on mixing generations and age demographics in an effort to solidify the Biblical call for us to be one body in Christ.
and each member belongs to all the others.”
In keeping with this focus, for the first time ever, the Junior Youth Group was invited to join the Senior Youth Group for our traditional HMC Snow Camp weekend retreat. “Doing something new often causes apprehension,” says Karen Krotz, coordinator of the Senior Youth program at HMC. “It raises questions like Why am I doing this? Why change things when it has worked perfectly fine the same way for many years? What happens if it doesn’t go well?” The questions really could go on and on.
The age range between a seventh grader and twelve grader is huge. The shift in dynamics had to be considered during planning and changes had to be made to accommodate a wider age range but, much to the delight of Karen and the other leaders, “our younger youth joined in all the activities – including the talent night…and our senior youth welcomed them into what used to be ‘their’ weekend with open arms.”
“What a great bunch of kids,” reported Jason McDougall, who helps his wife, Melissa, with coordinating the Junior bunch. “I bunked with the junior high boys and LOVED it. Stayed up late, told stories, laughed, and learned as much from them as they did from me.”
The weekend was a time of getting to know the kids better through play, learning, and relaxing together and it was all possible because of the great team of volunteers that were there. From the
leaders to the volunteers in the kitchen to all the incredible prayer support and encouragement from the church family.
“God is good,” Jason shared. “It was a privilege to watch the kids grow as a group – to learn, and laugh, and play. I enjoyed my weekend with them and the other leaders… and we are all looking forward to doing it over again next year.”
“Was it a success?” Karen asks. “Are we glad we tried it? Do we do this again next year?”
And her answer to these questions is a resounding, “YES!”
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