this past week was so much better in our small group than the previous week of madness. we started with a good little heard to heart about why we were there; and we changed up our space a little (we’d been sitting on the floor, and we moved to a big table).
some good quotes:
7th grade guy: i discovered this week that a One Direction concert ticket is $150, while an Anthrax concert ticket, which includes 5 other bands, is only $60. so One Direction is a total rip off.
7th grade guy: i got to see my first R-rated movie in a theater. it was Hansel and Gretel. it was full of gore and was awesome.
7th grade guy (completely random comment, not tied to anything we were talking about): my parents are wolves.
another 7th grade guy (a split second later, in response): my mom’s a cougar.
7th grade guy: my low is that today is only wednesday.
other 7th grade guy (completely serious, almost begging): but don’t you know that tomorrow’s thursday?
7th grade guy (revealing that he’s still very much a young teen): i made a no girls club.
7th grade guy (offering a completely strange comment): my friend asked me to join the free masons.
7th grade guy: today at school, i made a song called “culla dat featuring two chains,” and it made my black teacher cry with laughter.
we had a good discussion about connecting with god (and being aware of god’s presence) in the small moments of our days. ian, my co-leader, lead the guys in an exercise where they thought about the next 24 hours, and wrote on a post-it note a time or way when they would like to be more aware of god’s presence. then they stuck their post-it notes on a big piece of paper on the wall.
there were a couple very poignant notes, like this one:
and a couple really sweet ones, like:
and, proving that they’re still 7th grade guys, there was this:
and, as it was the day before valentine’s day, a lovely valentine wish for god!