Man, all the stress, busy-ness, and detail checking was totally worth it. This past weekend at Elevate was a blast, and most importantly I believe God really began a work in some of our hardest kids, and encouraged our core, and reminded our youth leaders that it’s all worth it.
Our times of worship were authentic and raw. We had a great band, but they didn’t just want to leave it as a great band, they really left room for the Spirit to move.
Our Speaker Brandon Cameron, was the perfect speaker for our group, laid back, personable, fun, and he spoke the truth. I get annoyed by camp speakers who say things like the Bible supports it but in reality it’s just their neat idea. Brandon was so right on track with the Word that I wasn’t worried at all about what he was going to say.
We came back from camp and had a wrap up service during our usually sunday Night gathering, and it was great, a ton of people who knew brandon were there, parents came out, and our Senior Pastor was there as well. It rocked.
The Mountain rocked, sledding and snowboarding were both big hits.
One of the things that I learned this weekend was that when we plan these events and retreats, we need to always leave room for relationships. It’s great to have a schedule, but you don’t have to fill every minute of every day with an organized activity. Sometimes it’s just good to chill and let kids be kids, and hangout and have a good time. I think it was those times when there was nothing really scheduled that we had some of the best relationship building.
I’ll post some pictures when I upload from my camera. Elevate rocked, and I am excited for next years already. :o)