Ridgewood's youth ministry programs have an intergenerational emphasis which means that we try to encourage interaction between people from different generations as much as we can. A few weeks ago, I noticed that Ridgewood's MMORE team was eating dinner on Sunday nights at the exact same time that Flame was eating dinner together in a different part of the church. I floated the idea to MMORE that maybe we could join together for an evening and they thought that it sounded great.
Our time together went great! We had planned to spend 30 minutes eating together, but this turned into an hour of conversation, laughter and getting to know each other better. Both groups agreed that we definitely needed to do it again!
You can see pictures of our time together below followed by a summary of our youth group lesson for the night.
Tonight at Spark we looked at 1 Peter 2:9-10
"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
One thing that all Middle School students have in common is that their world is changing. Their friend groups change, their bodies change and their interests change. The things that matter to kids in sixth grade are way different from the things that matter to kids in eighth grade. It can be hard to figure out where you belong.
We had a great night at the Flame Christmas party. Our special guests for the night were the team from YWAM, whom Ridgewood has been hosting for the past two weeks and they prepare for their mission trip to Taiwan. I was impressed by how well the two groups melded together throughout the evening. I loved seeing the Flame students and the YWAM team get to know each other through out the evening.