Tonight was our church's first time to host an area-wide youth activity. When I say "area-wide", I simply mean other independent Baptist churches in the Vancouver area. There are about 60 teens, on average, at these youth activities, and during the school year, each church represented hosts the activity one month in turn. We finally got our turn tonight, and we had a great time.
The fun activity was five-pin bowling. We had never heard of such a thing till we came here, and the concept has intrigued Wes ever since he first heard of it. From what I understand, the ball is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, and there are only five pins (shock!). The scoring is different than ten-pin bowling, although I'm not much help there, because I don't understand the scoring anyway. The kids all loved it, and Wes enjoyed it a lot. He is a big guy, with huge hands, so in ten-pin bowling, he uses a 15-pound ball and throws it hard. Well, he took that little bitty ball tonight and chunked it right down the lane. It flew out of his hand and bounced down the lane! LOL Wes likes to tease and say that he didn't realize the Canadians could only afford half the pins and a tiny ball to bowl! ;)
After bowling for a couple of hours, all the kids came up to our rec centre, where we hold our church services, for some Texas Supreme Nachos. We had the works - meat, cheese sauce, sour cream, jalapenos, diced tomatoes, onions, and salsa. Some of the kids had never had these kind of nachos (which many people pronounce with a short 'a' here - natch-o - cracks us up!), and they scarfed them right up. We still have a crock pot full of cheese - anybody care for some nachos? Several of our church people came out to help set up and serve, and even more donated food to help out.
After eating, we had a short time of singing, and then Samuel preached. Usually, one of the adult pastors will preach, but Wes wanted Samuel to preach tonight. He did a great job, even if I do say so myself! ;) He preached on TODAY, from Proverbs 27:1 - Boast not thyself of tomorrow, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. TODAY is the day to encourage someone, to have a godly testimony, to make sure of your salvation, and to give your all to Jesus. It was very good! The teens all paid close attention, and I pray that they listened to the Lord speak to their hearts.
Everybody seemed to have a great time. Next month is camp - can't wait for that! We sure do enjoy the fellowship we have here with other like-minded believers!