March 15, 2009

Breakaway Day 1

Filed under: Bible, Dawson, Movies, Prayer Requests, student ministry — Tags: , , — jodygambrell @ 11:47 am

Day 1 of Beach Breakaway is in the books. The stressful part is over; everyone made it to Laguna Beach Christian Retreat in one piece. We departed from the Dawson Parking Building at around 9:00 a.m. with about 275 students and leaders in 3 charter buses.

Our students were introduced to possibly the cheesiest movie of all time (Sunday School Musical) on the bus ride…

Students caught breaking any of the rules this week will be locked in a room and will be forced to watch “Sunday School Musical” over and over.

We left the church in our rain jackets but arrived to the beach in our shorts and flip-flops. God blessed us with safe travel and a beautiful day.

After unpacking, the students had a few hours of free time to unwind before dinner. The kitchen crew provided us with a delicious spaghetti dinner. Our students are being fed very well!

The students were introduced to their small groups with a scavenger hunt “mixer”. The small groups consist of students of all ages and genders. We purposely take students outside of their comfort zones when we place them in small groups. Our goal in doing this is to build unity within the group.

The evening worship service was awesome! Dave Taylor and the band immediately directed our focus off of the beach and onto God. Bill Stanley introduced the theme of the week; The Journey is the Destination. Bill spoke from Jeremiah 29 as he talked about what it means to embrace the journey God has us on.

Believe it or not, most everyone’s lights were out at around Midnight. It was a great first day! Pray for our students this week!


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