Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Quest


This is the best part about ministry to me. The Retreats. This is when you really get to know people. I adore the planning part because Mister Green and I LOVE working together as a team to brainstorm everything and then see the final product come together. This was a medieval themed preteen retreat for 5th & 6th graders. We wrote curriculum based on purity for the girls and guarding your senses for the guys. I won't go into all the tons of detail, but we REALLY took care of the kids and made it all extra special. We ended with a coronation ceremony for just the 6th graders where the girls were crowned with beautiful laurel wreath rhinestone crowns and the boys were knighted. The parents then prayed over their child. It was wonderful seeing families come together in unity. Our desire is to see families step it up and BE the family unit God has called us to be.


Anyone who has followed this blog long enough knows that any event we have for the ministry...Mister Green makes sure that Rainbow Brite gets a shirt, too. This time she stayed for the whole retreat. When I was teaching the sessions she would have on earphones and watch a movie over to the side. The other times she was RIGHT in the middle of all the 5th & 6th graders like she was one of them! Too cute!

The kids were served chicken, corn cobs, potato wedges and bread which they had to eat with their fingers just like in medieval times. The banquet was decorated with gorgeous fall colors and lots of candles and various candlesticks.

Fair maidens in full costume!

The girls made princess hats.

The boys got to play, ie...beat each other up!...with "swords" called boffers made from PVC pipe, swim noodles and duct tape. FUN!

The adult men wore these medieval sir coats and we had a church member loan us the knight. Great addition!

We adore working as a team and I am so blessed to have a man who loves God with all his heart and pours himself into His ministry.

14 comments:

Latte-n-Libre said...

oh how fun. "T" had his sword until the last summer when "C" tore it up. He was so upset with him. What a blessing your family is to so many.

btw...
love the new blog.

Cheri said...

Oh how I wish my son could've been there! 5th and 6th grades are such a challenging age.

Thank you so much for your ministry to this age group!

Kim Kenward said...

Your pictures are glorious. I especially love the princess hats. Your new blog design coordinates so well with these great pics. Cheers to a peaceful week ahead!!

Shudg said...

That sounds like so much fun! I wish we lived closer so my kids could enjoy everything yall do. We miss yall so much, but am so glad yall are so happy where yall are at. Love your new site.

Colorado Dreamin' said...

How fun!!! Looks like something Star Princess did in first grade last year. The girls made hats like that and the boys made armor. The boys had a medivel day and the girls chose their knights. But yours looks way cool! And I always love the pics of your family together!

Blueeyes said...

Very Cute New Blog....I was confused for a second.....I thought you completely left! Glad you did not. You are one of my FAVORITE Bloggers! :)

Journey on! said...

very cute decorations and awesome outfits and shirts- that looked like a ton of fun and alot of work !

JenLo said...

I LOVE that! I want MY kiddos to be in your group ;)

Funderstorm said...

LOVE the new blog! email?

Ashley said...

Love the new blog. I'll be honest ~ not calling you Panda-Mom is going to be a challenge! ;)

You Little O Wife said...

I love the new blog and I would love to hear an update about Haiti!

Dye mon, gen mon. :)

What's next said...

Katie just looked at it and said "I wanted to go..." and by the way, you are too cute, not many people look that pretty with a bandana tied on their head.

Cammie said...

I am on our 'Pre-teen Team' at church...any way I could pick your brain about how this worked??? I will find you on fb.

Mama Darling said...

Looks like a great retreat! You are sooooo talented. I know the kids must have had a great time and the parents appreciated your influence. LOVE the new blog.