Hosting A Youth Group Bonfire Party

Last night was our end-of-summer/birthday bash for our youth group. It was the perfect night for it, with warm temperatures, no rain and plenty of bug spray. We make our s’mores in two varieties: with Hershey’s chocolate bars or with Reese’s peanut butter cups. Either way, they’re an icky, sticky mess, and it makes me glad there’s a water pump up by the burn pile.

I thought about entitling this post How To Take A Picture When There Are Teenagers Involved, but I’m not really sure that I have any secret answers about how to do that. Our plates and napkins were from this month’s Confetti Collection subscription box (Which you have to check out if you haven’t heard of them yet. They’re amazing.), and I wanted to get a quick picture of the teens and the fire and the s’mores stuff so I could post it. That’s when this happened. 

I could also have entitled it How To Herd Cats. That would have been just as appropriate. 

There’s a corresponding video that I’d be happy to show you. It documents the effort of a strong and faithful youth group leader to wait patiently while teenagers get all the wiggles and giggles out of their systems. Which never really took place, but that’s totally ok.

But our youth group is absolutely amazing, and the picture we did get is one I will treasure forever. Three of our teens are aging out of youth group this year and going out into their adult Christian lives. While this makes me emotional and nostalgic, I’m also beyond blessed to see what God has done in their lives over the past few years. I can’t wait to take this picture again in a few years - there will be countless stories behind those faces and many examples of how God can move in a person’s life. But for now, I’m going to go find the leftover peanut butter cups...


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