Tonight wraps up the end of our involvement in this year's busy graduation season.
One of the 'features' of our youth ministry is that due to our area, and even more specifically, the location of our church, is that we draw students from numerous schools. (I remember doing the math at one of our high school small groups, and noting that the twelve students present represented nine different high schools. Wow!) This has its pros and cons, obviously. Anyways, in the past two weeks G-Dub and I have attended at least eight graduation events.
While some of you may be groaning at the thought of that much pomp and circumstance, I must say that I've actually really enjoyed being party to so much celebration. Where else do you see a gathering of so many celebrating families?
Also, it's been really cool to see how many of the graduates' church friends, small group leaders, and mentors turned out to support them. It was a vivid example of just how much community has been built throughout this past year.
The girls on the ministry team I led to New Orleans last March (aka Omega Girls, or 'Fab Five') have continued to pray for and encourage one another, and I was thrilled to see the whole group turn out for each of the two girls graduating from their junior highs.
One of our 7th grade gentlemen turned up with flowers at graduations of the 8th grade girls from the JH youth group- he doesn't even go to their schools! How sweet is that!
And finally, as our Sunday night HS group had one graduating senior, we all turned out to cheer for him in big red letters!