Hello! Dan McPherson here. First, I want to say that it has been great to see the Wednesday night turnout that we have had so far this summer. I know that it is a crazy time of activities, travel, and everything else summer brings, but we have been so pleased to see the priority placed on Wednesday night youth group!
As we move into July and all of the upcoming Wednesday night events, I want to make sure that you are able to stay in the loop! I will outline the activities below, but don’t forget to connect with us on the blog and texting service as well.
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Before I dive into the schedule, let me give some quick rationale as to why we break our normal itinerary during July. Due to the ebb and flow that the summer brings, we like to present an easy come-and-go atmosphere that promotes community and provides a way for students to get to know each other better. We believe that the Wednesday night events in July are a great way to facilitate this. They are as follows:
July 1– We will enjoy a cookout at Shillito Park in Shelter #4. Meat and drinks will be provided. So as to provide a more well-rounded meal, we ask boys bring a salty snack and girls bring a sweet snack. We will meet at the shelter at 6:30 and be done by 8:30. Feel free to stay and participate if you like!
July 8– We invite everyone (parents, too!) for a movie night at the church. We will be watching “Remember the Titans.” I will send out movie reviews and discussion questions the day before the event. The evening will begin at 6:30 and end around 9:00.
July 15– We are going to Sky Zone! If you are unfamiliar with it, their website is www.skyzone.com. Essentially, it is one big trampoline and it’s awesome. J The cost for this event will be $10. Afterwards, we will have a time of fellowship over popsicles. We will meet at Sky Zone at 6:30 and you can pick your student up at Sky Zone between 8:15 and 8:30. Again, if you would like to stay, please feel free to do so!
July 21– We will have a “Water Night” at the church from 6:30-8:30. Your student should bring clothes appropriate for getting wet (students may wear bathing suits, but we ask that they wear a t-shirt and shorts on top of that for this event), a towel, and water guns if they have them! This will be a fun night of LOTS of water games and fellowship together.
July 28– My wife, Hope, and I are hosting a cookout in our backyard. We live at 301 Corbitt Dr., Wilmore, KY 40390. We will supply directions the week before the event. Again, meat and drinks will be provided, but we would like girls to bring a sweet snack and guys to bring a salty snack. The cookout will start at 6:30 and finish around 8:30.
In August, we will transition back to small groups on Wednesday nights. I would love for all of our students to get plugged in to one of the small groups. This is where I truly believe the rubber hits the road—getting to a place of honesty and vulnerability with their peers is a great place for cultivating spiritual maturity. Small groups facilitate this atmosphere in a way that preaching and teaching does not.
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In June, we have dedicated our teaching and small group times to the topic of technology and its impact on our lives. As I’m sure you are aware, media can sway us both ways, positively and negatively. We talked about technology and how it can promote loneliness. We talked about a lot of the negative things that can be found online. We talked about the importance and value of media fasting. And tomorrow, we will wrap up this series by talking about the positive impact technology can have on our lives and how we can use it in positive ways.
As we have gone through this study, I have been reminded of the importance of staying in communication with your student, specifically in the technology and social media aspect of their lives. It is a realm that can be easily privatized and it is not always a healthy place to be. I have compiled a list of resources that can both help you begin (or continue) to have conversations with your student and also can help maintain healthy boundaries in our technological age. I have posted some links below that can help you in this endeavor:
http://christianity.about.com/od/practicaltools/tp/christianisps.htm provides a list of other software you can utilize.
I encourage you to consider talking with your student about technology and how it impacts you as a family, as well as individually. Hopefully the resources above will help you explore how to find and maintain a healthier way of living as Christ followers in a technological age!
Thank you so much for your patience and for taking the time to read this long (but hopefully helpful) email. I have enjoyed meeting some of you already and look forward to getting to know you all! Don’t forget that on Sunday July 12, we will have a “Meet the McPhersons” luncheon at the church. More details to come, but I would appreciate an RSVP for food count, so if you’re able to attend, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text me at 859-361-8390. Have a great day!