This past weekend was one of the best in a really long time. We formally kicked off our "experiment" around tables (we sat around tables last weekend but that was a spontaneous dry run) and, frankly, it couldn't have gone better.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance was really high, I think we are finally out of the Holiday slump that seems to hit our youth ministry each year.
FUN FACTOR: Last week's program was minimal, but this week was one of the fullest, funniest and most fun we've had in a while. We kicked off our 3-week "Friends" series. virtually every aspect of our program tied into the subject matter and sitting around tables allowed for more creative programming as well as some discussion time after the lesson.
LESSON: The lesson seemed better than usual. I kept it short and sweet to allow for about 10 minutes of table discussion that seemed to go fairly well. This week's lesson, The Power Of Friendship, focused on some of the reasons friendships are such a powerful force, for good or bad, in our lives.
MUSIC: Music was great! Entirely led by our junior highers, and we had a couple of new 'recruits' playing for the first time.
VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT: Very high. We had a fair number of our mid-week small group leaders commit to leading a table during this three week series. They did a fantastic job of leading their tables, which really does seem like the key to a table format.