Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Devotions, laughter, youth, children and more...

I am back from a wonderful trip with our youth choir.  I am mostly caught up on laundry, mail, some committee work and some planning I was needing to do and thought I'd take a break to update the ol'blog.  ;)

Our youth choir traveled to East Alton, IL and spent last week offering a music camp to the children in the community at East Alton First United Methodist Church.  It was wonderful!!  Our youth were great with the kids and their kids were really amazing.  They sang and danced and played games each day and then we all shared a meal together.

Stained Glass Window at St. Paul's
On Thursday evening, the kids and youth performed their show for the parents and church and it was just fabulous.  They did such a great job and the message was perfect.  Afterwards, our youth choir put on their show called, "No Doubt" and it was truly a meaningful message of God's love and his constant presence.  Those in attendance were really touched.  They also performed the show down the street a bit at St. Paul UMC on Tuesday and it was great as well.

Each evening our youth gathered together for a devotion and small group time.  If you have been following me on Facebook, these devotions are the ones I had been working on for the couple of weeks before we left. Each one came from a song from their show.  They were on:

Prayer (all the songs lead here)
Fixing our eyes (Fix You)
Hearing God (Say Something)
Finding and Using Scripture (Write Your Story)
Friendship (Unchangeable)

They were fun to write and I think they went well.  I didn't hear any complaints anyway, and believe me if DD had heard them she would have shared.  lol

We started our time with me sharing my thoughts and a story or two about myself on the topic and then split off into our small groups to share our thoughts and delve into scripture about our topic.

The trip was wonderful.  I got to spend time with some amazing people and I can honestly say that I don't remember when I laughed so hard.   Laughter really is the best medicine.  Take time to see the humor!  Be Happy!

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