Sunday, November 9, 2008
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.