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Polaroid Scavenger Hunt- 1982!
The second objective was to get them excited about things that were still to come, things that we wanted them to look forward to. I began to think of this as the ministry of The Next Big Thing. Did we have a trip or retreat coming up in a few months? Were we going to see Ghandi or having a Marathon (lock-in) soon? Did we have a Polaroid Panic planned or a guest speaker coming? Anything I could think of that we could plug as a way to keep students anticipating was featured in the newsletter. This, in turn, forced us as leaders to plan in advance. It all seems so basic now, but at the time youth ministry was just coming of age and this was pretty radical stuff! And it worked...
Over the years the methods of communication changed. There would be summer booklets, telephone hotlines (like 847-XLAX in Kissimmee) and websites. But they all served the same purpose- to keep parents and students up to date, and to hype The Next Big Thing. I was always looking for ways to inject my sense of humor into these things, and in the New Garden years I did it by ending each newsletter with "And remember..." I looked back through some of those letters, (Yes, I still have them- I know, I am pathetic!) and here are some of the actual things I wrote for those students to remember:
And remember: This blog is like toilet paper. You may not need it every day, but it's always here- and if it's not, you will really miss it!
Because of Jesus,