Each Sunday night during July and August our youth group meets at the beach, we have been doing this for 13 years. We meet at a different beach access than the one my family was hanging out at. As we left the beach that day the thought rolled through my mind, "Why not meet at a beach access where middle and high school students are already hanging out at?" It was sort of a "no brainer" moment. But I tucked it away in my cranium and let it roll around in there for a few weeks. It kept surfacing and I kept tucking it away in the noggin.
Last week I got a "nudge" that pushed me to make the decision. I ran it by our team of volunteers and they were all on board. I even got a few, "Change is good!"
So we are going to amp it up in a few ways:
1. Our students will lead the way in setting up the beach for our student church on the beach.
2. Our students will set up Beach volleyball, cornhole, KanJam, Spikeball.
2. Set up a large pop up canopy with a banner (possibly set up earlier in the day to get attention)
3. Continue to grill hot dogs as we have in the past (but grill more)
4. Play some music
5. Have our students be the ones that go around and invite the middle and high school students there to join the fun.
The trick is getting our students to catch the vision. I'm promoting it with parents via email and Facebook group. I'm promoting it among the students via Instagram.
July 5th is our launch of youth group on the beach 2.0 - Student Church on the Beach. Check back and I'll let you know how it is going. Join us in praying for a great success in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with students at the beach.