It was another great Sunday in the life of the FRCZ youth group. We began the morning with one more long conversation about women and the church. We talked about the cultural context of the passages the book had given us to study. This seemed to lower a lot of the tension in the room. We wrapped up the discussion yesterday talking about how God created man and women different but equal. The man (Adam) was not complete without Eve, and vice versa. Next week we're going to wrap up this discussion, with a healthy dose of how Christians should live in light of the fact that we are all God's beloved children who bear His image.
IMPACT was great as well. Mario Kart is a staple, and ping pong is headed that way too. We played a card game called superfight for our game time, and a self-cloning velociraptor with acid blood wiped the floor. Seems right.
For our lesson we addressed what lent was, why we celebrate it, and how we should respond to it. We talked briefly about how the practice of lent isn't necessarily a Catholic thing, but is applicable for protestant churches as well (Wyatt was really bummed that we don't have fish frys like they do). We also talked about why it parallels Jesus in the desert, and touched on why people give something up for lent. Dynelle challenged us to try to give up something significant because we all have the Holy Spirit in us, the same on that sustained Christ in the desert. We closed the night in prayer, and went our separate ways.
I just want to brag on your kids for a minute. I am so blessed to be leading a group of students that is so loving and passionate about Jesus. I look forward to every day that I get to spend hanging out with them. Sundays are easily my most favorite day. I can tell that they hear and respond to things, even if they don't always vocalize it. They are rock stars, and I give that credit to you as their parents. It might not mean much coming from a 23 year old who isn't a parent himself, but you all are doing a great job. Thanks for making my job easier :)
Have a lovely week!