I have heard something about church mice. But until this month, I had never seen any. It happened on a Saturday morning when the youth were about to head out to complete a little service project. I pulled the church van out of the garage and parked near the front doors of our building. Right as I stepped out of the vehicle, my wife Alison yelled, “Watch out!” I looked down and saw a mouse scamper behind the nearest tire. Apparently, I almost stepped on him. I’m glad he didn’t bite my ankle or run up my leg. Somehow, the little fella must have hitched a ride with me from the shed all the way across the parking lot. Alison suggested I check the inside of the van to make sure there weren’t any more of the critters waiting for us to board. I did. All clear.
We all shared a great laugh that morning over the mouse incident, but this was only the beginning of the fun moments the youth would experience while serving others. One thing I’m observing is that our students can find enjoyment in a variety of situations and circumstances. This is true during times of fellowship on Wednesday evenings as well as with service opportunities, such as working at the local food pantry. I’ve watched our students experience the joy of community in very ordinary situations. Sometimes we may be tempted to think that recreation must be something separate and distinct from other activities, but our youth prove otherwise.
I am thankful and excited for what is happening in our student ministry. For the past couple weeks, we have experienced a high level of attendance in youth Sunday school. I’ve also witnessed a greater level of commitment with some of our students in their attendance and willingness to be involved in the ministry of the church. Please pray that these trends continue, and that our youth continue to grow into a strong community of believers.