Lock-in – How did it go?

February 12, 2008 by
Filed under: Religion, Youth 

It went well.

The night was planned as 9pm to 8am for the youth with the adults arriving about 8pm.  I got there at 7:45 to help get started.

We ended up with about 14 youth and 5 adults.  Only 2 people who had signed up failed to arrive.

The evening started out (after some setup) with a group “introductions in a circle”.  Then we moved on to “Hula Hoop Dodgeball” for about 45 minutes.  At the end of the dodgeball anybody who participated ended up on the concrete floor trying to soak up the cool from the concrete – it was VERY energetic.

We followed that up with pasta and ice cream (no, not at the same time).

We had a very good serious discussion about life and faith.

We then had a lot of unstructured time.  There was one room with multiple video games.  The chapel contained a jam session complete with electric guitars, piano, drums and later acoustic guitar.  I played drums for possibly the first time in 18 years or so and I’m glad to see that while I was rusty I still remembered a lot. (Muscle memory runs deep if you do something long enough)  A few youth were impressed with my rendition of Wipe Out.  In a third room we were showing movies for the rest of the night.

About 3:45am I went to the designated quiet sleep room and tried to sleep.  I was joined by another adult and a youth later.  We all got up for good about 7am.

At 7am we cleaned up (very well) and held a very short worship service (during which 1/2 of the group was asleep at any given moment).  Then the parents started arriving and we headed out.

This was mostly a fellowship event, but the serious discussion was very deep and very serious.  There’s a layer of profound depth hidden below the external picture that our youth project.

I slept most of Sunday, and took Monday off from work to reset my internal clock.  I think I’m 80% back to normal now.

I had fun.  I got to be me – the authentic real me as opposed to the me that I have to show the adult/working/controlled image world – with a group of very authentic people.  It was a pleasure.

Besides – how often do you get to play drums in a church at 3am?


2 Comments on Lock-in – How did it go?

  1. Cheesehead on Tue, 12th Feb 2008 6:04 pm
  2. I hold the utmost regard for adults who do this. I did this sort of thing on a trip to and from Montreat, but that was 12 years ago. I don;t think my body could handle it now.

    Hats off!

  3. Mark on Wed, 13th Feb 2008 10:06 am
  4. Your comment is ironic – at the moment I’m scheduled to travel with our group to Montreat this summer!

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