Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Help! I'm Locked In!

Q: What do you get when you lock 70 jr. high students in a room all night long?

A: You get the JR. HIGH Overnighter at my church!

It was crazy! We started out at Disneyland (we had to catch up with the group, because JBug had her cast party for the play she did...it was also tonight. We went to the cast party then brought her and another friend to Disneyland.) We hung out at Disneyland (managed to ride the Train, Space Mountain, Star Tours and the Peter Pan Flight). Then I put the girls on the bus and it headed to Disney Ice. I followed in my car.

It was SO cold at the ice rink! But most of the kids were game, and played Broom Hockey. A couple of us huddled under blankets. We stayed until about 2:30, then they jumped back on the bus and we went back to the church

At that point, they entered the Fellowship Hall (which is a big building and there was blacklight and fluorescent paint everywhere. There were around 400 balloons all over the floor, and we sent those crazy kids in to pop them all! Some had green slips of paper to be redeemed for candy. Yeah, that's what they need! MORE sugar!

Afterwards, they played games all night: Glo Ball, played with a large ball and two goals on the wall. They had to play while crab-walking, wheel-barrowing and even rolling. It was a lot of fun to watch.

Another game they played was Defend Your Hood. Teams were given a stack of large cardboard pieces and 4 rolls of tape. They had to fashion a fort, and have nothing left over. Afterwards, a huge box of balls was dumped on to the playing field and each team tried to break down the other teams' forts. It was interesting, intense and made dodge ball look tame.

After the game, there was LOUD worship music. you haven't lived until you have have felt thumping bass through your chest at 6 in the morning we fed the kids some danishes and then, believe it or not, it was time to send them home! The time went really fast. I would do it again, it was a lot of fun. JBug and I came home and crashed at 7 a.m. I slept until 2 and she slept longer. But it took a full weekend for me to feel like I was rested. Like I said though, I would do it again. It was a heck of a lot of fun!

(it took me this long to recuperate from the trauma so that I could actually blog the experience!)

T, who might be young but not that young

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Glamorous Redneck said...

Wow! How awesome! I miss Disneyland! :(

Sounds like you have a kick-butt youth ministry program.

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