Art in the Park
This past summer, we took a giant leap in our worship and summer wild things life. For six weeks in a row, we didn't gather for worship on Sundays. Instead, we hosted art making events in the park on Sundays. No agenda. Just art making for all ages.
Tuesday Summer Meals
On Tuesday evenings, over the summer, we gathered for a meal liturgy at the Art House North. If you have been to the Meal Liturgy called Too Much Love during Holy Week, you get the idea. Although, we didn't leave in silence like we do during Holy Week.
A team of outstanding volunteers arrived 2 hours early to cook for us under the leadership of Emily Hennen, Head Cook. Then the community arrived and broke bread together. On real dishes. At set tables. Served family style.
We have a whole community full of youth ministers. Many adults who used to make their living (?Debatable) in full time youth ministry positions. And a slew of former camp counselors. Another section of kid advocates. Then add adults who generally like kids and a room full of involved, intentional parents. When people ask if we have a youth minister, I sort of laugh and then launch into a mini sermon about what it looks like to have Community Supported Youth Ministry. We use the whole village, yo.
That being said, there is a rotating cast of adults who spend a couple hours of intentional time with our oldest kids–5th grade and up on a monthly basis. It is good times.