Small Group Snapshot

Last night I met with my small group of 8th grade girls. It was the first time back together after a couple weeks off for spring break. Our group has been together for nearly 2 years and there’s a high level of trust. Among the things the girls shared about were feeling alienated by friends, being bullied, feeling like God doesn’t care, the death of a loved one, and the topic of suicide. Granted, this wasn’t a typical week, but topics like loneliness and bullying weren’t new.

Two things struck me last night as the girls talked. First, students today are dealing with much bigger issues much younger. And issues that have been around for ages, like bullying, have taken on a broader scope and a far crueler edge. (This may become a post of its own.) Second, how important it is that there be enough adults who are willing to step in and be involved in the lives of our kids. As youth workers, we need to find creative ways to continually encourage the our churches to be involved in the lives of the teens. And not just when there is crisis, but also when there is reason to celebrate. More on that later…

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