One of my jobs, or I should say privileges, as a minister's wife, is planning a fun activity or two throughout the year for the girls at our church. Every year at the beginning of the school year we have a big lock in, a big welcome party for the new 7Th graders coming up into the youth group.
It is usually a theme party of sorts. Last year was a "princess" theme, with all the royal perks that go with it. This year? Hollywood. The seventh and eighth grade girls spent two hours at the church with a bunch of beautiful Godly women getting ready to "walk the red carpet" like the "stars" that they are. It was so much fun, playing dress up. Some of my friends set up shop fixing hair and putting on make up and just spending quality time with this young group of beautiful girls. After they were all fixed up they were introduced into the group as they walked down a red carpet.
We also had plenty of food, a craft (we "beadazzled" a hand mirror," a little dancing (even though we are all good Baptist girls!), a movie and loads of fun. The senior high girls joined us after the football game and we had a devotion time and a question and answer time. Our theme was Hollywood, but the main theme had to do with "walking in the light as He Himself walked in the light..."
We welcomed the young girls into the group, but we were also emphasizing that true beauty comes from the heart and that to really shine like a star, you want to follow Christ's example.
We had about fifty people there total. It was a great night! I am so blessed to be able to do what I do...
but I'm not getting any younger, which is why the lock ins only happen once a year for this old woman. I'm definitely "dead woman walking" today.
But I wouldn't change a thing!!! I love my girls! (The bonus is that now my baby girl is one of them too!)
Our seventh and eighth grade "stars" of the night.