Basketballs, voices and 6th graders running. That’s what we woke up to at 6:30am this morning! Our 6th grade boys woke up early, so we were all up early playing in the Dome, talking in rooms and encouraging the boys to take showers! The girls also got an early start on the day as well. After some breakfast, we talked about Quiet Times. Some students have never done a devotion time before so it was really special. We had some worship time with our Senior Worship team singing songs and doing motions and then Nathan talked about Ephesians 4 and building each other up in our words and actions, having the eyes of Christ and being imitators of God.
After worship our 7th and 8th graders arrived and started their day off learning our retreat guidelines and getting schedules and room assignments. While we were doing this, 6th graders had lunch and then 7th and 8th grade had lunch. Then we had a middle school-wide scavenger. Our winning group will be announced tomorrow morning! During free time, our 6-8th graders were able to do the euro-bungy, zipline and water activities, as well as hanging out in the game room, Dome and snack/coffee shop.
After some cleaning up, 6th grade had dinner and a group picture and hit the road for home! It was an amazing time together and I’m so grateful for all that we’ve learned together! Be sure to ask the students about the retreat and what their favorite parts were and what they learned.
The 7th and 8th graders ate dinner and went into worship with our senior worship team and Algernon Tennyson, our speaker for the week. Algernon brought a sharp message that hit home with a lot of our students about stepping up, no matter how old or young they are. In our cabin groups afterwards, we had a lot of students praying for each other and really sharing some of their struggles. This conversation was led by our seniors and went so well that some of the students were late to our next meeting!
We ended the night with the guys and girls dividing up and talking about what it means to be a gentleman and a lady. Our teachers and seniors really led the way with this and I’ve got to say, it was one of the more powerful retreat moments we’ve been a part of. I’m super grateful for our team investing in these students in more ways than just in the classroom, but teaching life to our students! And a big shout-out to our seniors really leading the way by example and pouring into these students that look up to them!
It’s been a very full day, but a great day. And who knows…maybe we’ll get to sleep in until 7 tomorrow!
Director of Student Life