Friday, September 12, 2008

Strange...

Barb and I just dropped off Brittany and Zack for the youth meeting at our church. That's probably not remarkable in itself. What is remarkable is that I was the youth pastor at what is now our church 19 years ago. Some of the leaders were just kids when we left 14 years ago. Probably 30% of the crowd wasn't even born when we were on staff. Some of the kids who were there belong to people who were leaders with us.

For all of the changes and feelings of nostalgia, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The room had 'the aroma' that can only be produced by 12 and 13 year old boys... if you've ever smelled it, you never forget it...

First time kids still cluster together, wanting to be there, but wishing they were anywhere else...

The 'cool kids' still hang out in groups. The 'uncool kids' do the same. Only the newbies are left to find their own place.

Girls still come doing their best to look at least as nice as their friends, but hopefully, just a bit better...

Youth Pastors and Leaders come full of dreams and vision for the new year.

Parents still drop off their kids and ask... 'What time will they be done...' and then they leave and try to figure out how to spend their evening...

Lucky for us there is ice cream at home...

1 comment:

Sonya said...

You're right about 'the aroma'! So, so right. Gary and I must be gluttons for aroma punishment because we've signed on to help with Jr. Youth again this year. :o