Ugly Sweaters All Around
Ugly Christmas sweaters are the best! We have had a tradition at our d4 youth group to have an ugly sweater Christmas party a few weeks before Christmas. It is always such a fun gathering. This year, on Dec 15, we had over 150 students show up at Rock of Ages Church for our annual celebration. There was a photo booth, a lot of seasonal movies and games, we had an indoor snowball fight, and of course our classic game of Christmas Musical Chairs.
We served up a lot of tasty food and beverages and spent quality time connecting with the students. d4 is a partnership with Rock of Ages Church and Lakeview Church. Together we put on these huge bi-monthly parties which attract a lot of students who are not connected to a church or youth group, but who we have contact with through camps and Gymblast. During the night, the staff and student leaders from the churches are able to rub shoulders with non-church students, and the goal is that theses students will accept the invitation to check out the local youth group in the following weeks. It has a been a sweet opportunity to connect kids with churches.
At the end of the evening we gathered together and I was able to share the story of Jesus, how the season is the celebration of the light that Jesus bings into the darkness. Please pray that God will continue to use the moments and message of the night to stir the hearts of these young people!