This weekend, at the Refuge, we’re doing what we call an “Immersive Scripture Experience” – an interactive way of engaging with the stories of scripture, specifically, Jesus’s encounter with the Rich young ruler. Take the time to consider your story – what is your story of meeting Jesus, and how do you still meet him today?
The young woman is Taylor Swift, the pop superstar, and in the recently released documentary about her on Netflix, you watch her learn one of her albums received no major Grammy nominations and her immediate spiral into shame, self-loathing, and a clear sense of inadequacy.
Whew, y’all. January is second only to summer as the most intense season of my year. Confirmation is part of the Youth Ministries, so in the past three weeks, we’ve had Confirmation Baptism, our biggest Revolution Weekend ever, Confirmation Retreat, Spring kick-off for the Refuge, and Confirmation Sunday.
About once a month at the Refuge, our Sunday night youth programming, we have a Worship Night, where we gather in the prayer room, worship together, and take on a topic that is relevant to the adolescent experience, but is either too heavy or needs too much time to unpack for us to do on a Sunday morning. This Sunday, we’re talking about self-harm.
This past weekend at the Refuge for All Saints’ Sunday we had our own little canonization service, and honored some perhaps previously overlooked saints, such as beloved coaches and teachers, Brenda Kegans, 9th grader Taylor Ledbetter, youth group alum Chris Vardy, and Dave Alvarado.