This past Friday and Saturday, we had our 12th annual teen meeting. For those who don’t know, this is basically a series of lessons geared specifically toward teenage Christians and soon-to-be Christians, delivered by a speaker (typically) invited from elsewhere, as well as time for worship and fellowship led by adult members. This year, the speaker was Nathan Quinn, who preached for this congregation from 2004 to 2014, and who now preaches for the Murphy Road church of Christ in Missouri City, Texas. Due to a combination of excitement and exhaustion from this event, I’ve decided to take a break from Bible translations and write a little about this meeting instead.
On Friday evening, a group of 25 teenagers, some from Lincoln, most from out of town, and even out of state, chose not to spend their time with worldly friends, or finding entertainment and social acceptance, but instead to gather and study the Bible, encourage each other to live godly lives, and be taught about Jesus. They heard lessons on the Rich Young Ruler and Zacchaeus, sang songs praising God and encouraging each other, and prayed for strength and guidance their formative years. After a paltry few hours of sleep, they returned and devoted their Saturday to the same pursuits, this time hearing lessons about the Thief on the Cross, the Woman at the Well, and Jesus giving his life.
These teenagers remained together for the whole day, later playing sports, participating in group activities, and generally sharing their time together with good, clean fun. The guys again spent the night at the home of one family of the church, and the girls at another, and then got back together Sunday morning for our regular worship times.
We were thrilled to see such strong attendance this year, and we hope that in the coming years it will continue to grow. The level of enthusiasm and stamina (both spiritual and physical!) shown by these kids was fantastic, and it speaks well of their parents and the churches they attend at home!
Thanks to all who attended, and please spread the word when the next one rolls around in 2017. We look forward to seeing you all again!