Do Something — Day 7

// August 19th, 2017 // Events

Well, it’s the last full day of Do Something and what a day it was. All of the leaders commented along the lines of, “What an awesome way to end the week!” We are all walking away from this week confident that God worked powerfully in each of the students lives. On top of that, each of the students (and leaders) were able to see and recognize God’s work in their lives.

We started off the day at Rachel’s parent’s house by eating breakfast, then heading to Lake Rebecca Park Reserve. This is where we spent a good portion of the day. If the focus of Friday is relaxing, the focus of Saturday is reflecting–reflecting on the ways that God has worked and is working in your life. Lake Rebecca Park was a great location for us to do some reflecting. There’s a lake (obviously), a beach, a swampy area, wooded areas, and meadow areas–many different places to enjoy God’s creation.

The beginning of our time at Lake Rebecca was spent in devotions and Bible meditation. The teenagers always enjoy the opportunity to do these things outside, by the lake. From there they jumped into small group time. Each group found a picnic table to gather around and discuss their devotions for the morning.

Once the small groups were finished, we got into the “meat” of the day–Solitude. This has become an extremely important part of every Do Something. We believe it’s important for everyone to slow down at the end of a busy week, quiet themselves, and listen. We tell students that this time of solitude is time between them and God, which means they are not to be hanging around each other or talking to anyone–they need to be completely silent. Oh yeah, our solitude time goes for three hours. It’s definitely a struggle for some. However, this year, there were very few struggles and many of the students stayed focused the entire time. Students are encouraged to sing, pray, read their Bibles, journal, and look back through previous years’ binder material (or journals). We wrap up solitude by sharing our impacts from that time. There were many comments that revolved around how various scripture passages addressed a need in their lives or how much they appreciated being in God’s creation, watching it work.

From there we headed back to Rachel’s parent’s house for showers and then back to Bethel for an afternoon session. We spent the afternoon talking about the other sacrament–the Lord’s Supper. We asked questions along the lines of, “What does the Lord’s Supper signify and seal? How is the body and blood of Christ present in the elements? Who should participate in the Lord’s Supper?” Even at the end of a long day, with tired teenagers, they stayed focused and were engaged with the teaching session.

This session flowed beautifully into our next event–the Agape Feast. We have one of these every year and this year we pushed it off so that we could connect it with our conversation on the Lord’s Supper. I think they flowed nicely together.

From here we implemented something new into our Do Something week. We’ve spent the week working hard and cramming a lot of information into our brains. It can become easy for a teenager to say, “What does this have to do with my daily life?” Yes, we answer the question repeatedly throughout the week. However, we take Saturday evening to answer that question in more detail. In the past, we’ve done that through debates. We’ve found that students love the debates. It forces them to learn the topic better and learn how to apply it to various situations. However, this year we wanted to do something different.

We spent the week talking about the church, the government of the church, the means of grace, and the sacraments (which are means of grace). At some point, a few weeks ago, God gave me an idea. What if we didn’t do debates but presented our group with various case studies. Each small group was to pretend they were the council of a church. They were presented with a difficult church situation relating to topics we covered throughout the week. They were to understand the situation, reflect on it biblically and theologically, make a decision as a council, then decide how to present this in a pastoral manner. Then, after making all of these decisions, they presented their report to their “congregation” (the rest of the Do Something participants). Following the presentation, the congregation was allowed to ask them further questions regarding their decision.

This was a tremendous success! Not only did the students do a tremendous job thinking through and preparing for these decision, but they had pastoral hearts, AND they were able to answer many of the difficult questions that came their way. I sat back through the entire thing like a proud pastor (as did the rest of the leaders). It was a tremendous opportunity to see the fruit of our labors (and many of yours).

Like many of the other nights, we wrapped our day up around a campfire. However, we didn’t have a message tonight. Tonight was worship and highlights and impacts. It was really fun to listen to the ways God has worked in this group. I kept remembering where many of these teenagers were at last year and was reminded of how much they’ve grown up and matured in Christ. It was powerful.

Then, we wrapped up our time around the campfire by presenting our seniors with gifts and praying over them. Since we encourage our students to read their Bibles and study them deeply, it’s become Ignite tradition to give our seniors a commentary on a particular book of the Bible. After presenting these gifts the group gathered around Clayton and Tony, laid hands on them, and prayed over them as they move on from Ignite. It’s pretty powerful to hear the students pouring out their hearts in prayer over the seniors each year.

We’ve also made this a small “ceremony” of sorts. Once we finish praying over them, I say something like, “Tony and Clayton. You entered this ministry as little boys. Now, we send you out as Christian Men–leaders in your church.” I think it’s important for them to have an official declaration made over them. Now, go and make disciples of all nations.

Like I said at the beginning. It’s been a good week and a good ending to the week. Now it’s time for bed (We’ve got church in the morning).

One Response to “Do Something — Day 7”

  1. Marcia Ruis says:

    Do Something week sounds richly ‘Blessed’ !

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