Last night was quite possibly the best night I’ve ever had with my junior high small group. After spending 2 years with this group, it was our last “officially scheduled” night to meet in our normal home, so we decided to celebrate our time together. We didn’t have a party because we’re having an end-of-the-year all-nighter next week, but we wanted to spend some time affirming and encouraging all the guys. (Check out my post from 2 weeks ago about affirmations.)
We had been telling the guys about our plan to do affirmations for about 2 weeks so they could be prepared to say something for everyone. Many of them had their affirmations written down, so we knew they had really taken the time to think through what they wanted to say. It was so cool to see all the guys talk about what they loved about everyone, and my co-leader and I had some time to do the same for all the guys.
It was such an amazing way to end our time together (even though we’ll be meeting a few times into the summer). A little time of reflection can have a HUGE impact on your youth group, and I know it will be something that bonds them even closer together and will follow them into high school.