January 3rd, 2018 Student Ministries hosted the first Collective of the year. I was there with the middle school boys that Jim and I lead on Wednesday nights. First week back from Christmas break, the kids were boiling over with energy. The Foyer was set up with a nine-square court. For those of you who don’t know nine-square, the full title is nine-square-in-the-air. Imagine the school-yard game four square. Now add five more squares and a grid of pvc pipes and you’ve got it. The only catch is that you have to hit the ball over the top of the pipes to get it out of your square and stay in the game. Be careful, though, if you hit the ball too hard and it goes outside the border formed by all nine squares, then you’re out of there.
The kids had a blast, both middle school and high school. All ages 6th-12th grade came to hang out at the same time and then sang worship together. Afterward, middle school played an organized game in the Chapel, while high school moved to the Grace Café to listen to Pastor Tommy’s message. I stayed with the middle school crowd. Anthony Thorn taught them this week with a very interactive lesson. He asked several questions and got the kids involved thinking through the answers, even some of the more disruptive ones. The topic was technology. Anthony asked questions about the time they spent on their phones and on YouTube. He emphasized how technology can consume us if we’re not careful. He redirected our focus with passages from Ephesians and Romans and ended with the most important question of all: “Would we rather be consumed by technology or consumed by Christ?”
Ephesians 5:15-16 15 “Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
Romans 13:14 14 “Rather, clothe yourselves with the LORD Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.”