Tonight is the annual Middle School Ministry Lock-In. It’s a high energy, sugar and caffeine driven, all-nighter. The night includes all you can eat pizza and pop, a 45 ft inflatable obstacle course, a photo scavenger hunt, messy games, group night games (played in the dark), a movie, and we cap it all off with donuts for breakfast.
I know it sounds crazy…it is crazy! Here are some of the reasons we do it:
- It’s memorable. Students talk about this event for years to come. Some of the students who have come through our ministry and are in college now, still bring up stories from this event. I think it’s important for students to have fun memories involving church.
- It’s a relationship builder. Every year, our team ends up having great conversations with students in the wee hours of the night. Spending extended periods of time with people can seriously accelerate relationship development.
- It’s a great evangelistic tool. It’s one of the ways we’re encouraging our students to participate in our church wide Each One Reach One campaign this year. This is an event that students love to bring their friends too. I always do a short gospel presentation and invite students to join us for youth group in the coming year.
Check out our Pit Stop Facebook Page for some pictures from the event.