Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Younite 2011 Day 1

For this post I am line out Day 1 of Younite, and also a little bit about the kickoff service the night before.  On Wednesday we opened the youth house for the whole church to be a part of our kickoff service and it was packed out.  It was great to see so many adults there to support the students in this.  Our youth band learned several new songs which was a blast.  Our set list for the night was:  Song of Hope, Oh Happiness, Starry Night, Running to You, Opposite Way, and Jesus Freak.  It was great to finally do Opposite Way after all these years of our students ministry going by this name.  It was also fun doing Jesus Freak, a song that was popular when I was a teenager.

So Day 1 began early Thursday morning and our theme for the day's Bible study was "Running to the Same Mistakes".  The study talked about how we sometimes run back to repeating the same mistakes even though we try hard not to.  We learn in Romans 7:19 that Paul even struggled in this area.  We can all relate to this.  However Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:4 that we are to mourn or grieve over the sin in our lives.  When we grieve over the severity of our sin it leads to true repentance in our lives.  When Daniel spoke to the group in the morning session he talked to the students about how Abraham returned to the same mistakes by lying about his wife Sarah and said that she was his sister.

Our site for the day was going to an area of McMinn County that was effected by the tornados in April and still had quite a bit of trees and damage in an old cemetery.  The cemetery was on the property of a 90 year old lady who was so grateful for the students service and the students really enjoyed talking with her.

That night our speaker Teddy gave the first of 3 messages taken from our theme verses in Hebrews 12:1-2.  Verse 1 tells us that there was a great cloud of witnesses.  So we went back to chapter 11 and looked at these great witnesses in the Hall of Faith.  We learned about the faith of great men and women such as Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Rahab.  The people all made terribly awful mistakes but these mistakes are not what defined them, it was their great faith in God.  So the challenge for the night that Teddy gave us is "What are we putting our faith in?"

We wrapped up the night by having a Singing Bee competition where the students were challenged to sing lyrics to popular Christian songs.  We had a blast as students were silly and had a good time singing these songs and hanging out.  Here are some pictures of Day 1 plus the first silly morning video that we showed each day called Hoarders: Church Edition.  I didn't do a good job of getting pictures from the sites myself, especially since I wasn't able to be there the first day and was limited the others.  Another thing is that we introduced the students to "planking" and "owling" which was quite funny.

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