Weekend Teaching Series: XMAS: Finding the Christ of Christmas Series Finale (Week 3 of 3)
Sermon in a Sentence: God knew you long before you were born, sent His Son Jesus to make a way for salvation and guides you in the path of life.
Key Verse: John 3:17 “God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.”
Weekend Scale of Difficulty: 8 out of 10. Multiple videos, an incredible opener, a couple of fun games up front, a dramatic reading, amazing singing and a special speaker.
Attendance: up 18% from last weekend, up 69% from same weekend last year
Service Length: 69 minutes
Understandable Message: Jeff Baker, one of our 2-year interns in high school ministry, spoke during this his last weekend. Jeff is a total heart guy and challenged students to live in relationship with Christ, and let Him guide and challenge you through life. Jeff shared some personal stories and had some great pictures of himself growing up that connected him to the audience. He also used a hilarious (edited) clip from Talladega Nights at the open of his talk. Students listened intently, totally appreciating the 2 years of his life he has given them.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: Students made up the STOMP band and the regular band, camera operators and students also ran the sound and lights. A few students were called up on stage as part of the game at the opening. Volunteers and some of Jeff’s small group also joined us at the very end for a prayer for Jeff as he takes his next steps post-internship. We need a stage manager volunteer role for sure.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This was the last weekend for Rick Cutout is My Friend, so we had a human Christmas tree decorating game. I was dressed as candy-cane-tossing Santa Claus, and one of our staff scored the much-coveted role of the elf. The elf was randomly booed and generally sabotaged all weekend long – at one point the sound guys even jacked with his mic to make him sound more “elf-like” to match the features of his face. Brilliant! The banter was fun, the game was fine, and we managed to sprinkle in some fun ministry highlight videos to honor Jeff Baker – basically this video on repeat. One of our adult volunteers had some fun and made this HSM Elf Yourself video that played well, too. I loved it all!
Music Playlist: Drummer Boy (STOMP-style opener), Mary Did You Know?, Savior King, Fire Fall Down, O Come All ye Faithful
Favorite Moment: This whole weekend was really great. I loved every second of it … one of the Top 5 weekends of 2008 in my book.