Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself as an example of those who believe.
-1 Timothy 4:12
Where in the world is Pastor Brian this week? It's week two of the summer and I'm with our middle school youth at the Great Escape. It's been an incredible week to learn and grow and have way too much food and fun and silly games. We have had a wonderful time in worship all week, and yesterday, the band leading worship joined us for a visit to the Aquarium. Our kids got a backstage pass to getting to know young people who have committed their lives to serving others and spreading God's love.
Each week, the Great Escape hosts hundreds of kids, many of whom are friends of our church kids or new to church and faith in some way. Mid-week, they're encouraged to make a commitment in their home church or group to deeper faith or a profession of faith. As Presbyterians, our process for this step is confirmation. So on that night, we go out after worship for tacos and talk about our process, our questions and curiosities, and how they'll be able to undergo that process soon.
I hope you'll be praying this week for our amazing kids and leaders. This time is holy. It's fun and gross and hard, but it's also holy. It builds memories and community, but especially faith. Ask our young people about the trip and encourage them to keep going. You are their family of faith.