We’re launching into new territory tonight: our church is hosting its first-ever (as well as our first-ever) Youth Conference! Registration is set to begin in about an hour, and we’ll start off the night with . . . food! What more could teens ask for?
Our lead speaker for the week is Pastor Al Stone from Bible Baptist Church in St. Thomas, Ontario. He’ll be preaching tonight and tomorrow, and Wes, our youth director, and another pastor will also be preaching during various sessions. We have two sessions scheduled for tonight, followed by late-night mini golf; then tomorrow there will be a morning session, lunch, and an activity tomorrow afternoon, followed by dinner and two sessions tomorrow night. On Wednesday, we’ll just have the morning session, after which the kids will head out to be back home before their own churches’ evening services.
<a href="http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=7561&picture=two-girl-friends">Two Girl Friends</a> by Vera Kratochvil
My job this week is food. We have easy meals planned – and very well-planned by our youth pastor and his wife – so my job will be to show up at the right times and help get the meal ready and then help serve and clean up. I’ll get to sit in on some sessions, especially the evening ones. That’s not too bad – going to Youth Conference at 46!
<a href="http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=5064&picture=pizza-slices">Pizza Slices</a> by Peter Griffin
Please pray for the approximately 30 teens attending. We would love to see some young people step up to be leaders in our churches! Of course, we want the teens to have a good time, act crazy, and be excited about being here, but more than that, we’d love to see their hearts touched and changed by the Lord. From a few comments here and there, I’m thinking that some teens don’t believe that revival happens among them in our day, but Wes and I have seen it happen in our generation and among our children, so we know that God still moves in young hearts today. Pray that we see revival this week among our Canadian teens!