I absolutely love our tribe of students at church.
We had an end of the year BBQ last Sunday evening. Invited the kids, parents, volunteers, session - and had about 80 people show up. (The amazing thing is that they almost ALL RSVP'd - that NEVER happens for a youth event!)
Three grills going, volleyball, frisbee, great conversations.....close to perfect weather. (My wife says it could have been 10 degrees warmer)
Then ended with a time of worship - 4 different leaders involved in praying (Lois/Dave), sharing a message (Anne rocked!), reflections on the year (Go Steve!), and singing together (who says you can't worship with congas!). To see the kids and parents and others all praising God, reflecting on His blessings this past year, and knowing He has our future planned.....very cool!
An awesome way to close the chapter on the past year and open the door to what He will reveal in the next....