|Myrtle Beach, 2002|
- A mission trip. I wanted to use the Center for Student Missions and serve in Nashville, but we would wind up in Washington, DC instead. I felt getting the kids out of their own lives and invested in serving others would be a great start to improving the way they treated each other. It turned out very different than I expected, but that story will come later.
- Spiritual Renewal. The summer would begin with 12 hour Chain of Prayer, with students signing up for 30 minutes at a time. We would crank up our Wednesday Night Live program with more Bible study. We used the theme of Believe It Or Not Bible Stories. Each study would be followed by a fun event. It was important to form good spiritual habits, especially with a lot of new students joining the group.
- Fellowship Events. I fell back on many of the things that had worked for me in the past. Things like Dudes Night Out, Girls Night Out, SHO-Time, One on One and The Lunch Bunch would help me to connect with them, and hopefully help them find new friendships outside of their cliques.
- Fun Trips. This was something they had really not done much of at all at WMUMC, but I was determined to keep trying after the very stressful Ski Camp. There was great excitement about a possible Myrtle Beach trip, and even though the Betsy B was not available I began to put together a week-long adventure. In addition, I invited the youth to join me on my annual pilgrimage to Atlanta to see the Braves play. Just offering these 2 trips changed a lot of the atmosphere and attitude about our youth ministry.
- Youth Week. The first Youth Week at Wesley would be pretty low key because of a lack of funds, but I wanted to set a tone for future events and make sure our students and adult leaders learned that this would be the focal point of summer for years to come.
Because of Jesus,