School’s Out

I’m breathing a sigh of relief this week as the school year in this community draws to a close. The summer youth ministry trade off here is a couple of week-long commitments instead of five weekly ones during the year. But this time of year always gives me a strange sense that we’re launching kids into summer unnecessarily.

There’s a work trip in the summer, and some will do that. There will be a beach trip and a board game night and a hike, and some will do those things. But there have been these weekly gatherings for fellowship and learning going on for months, and now we’re stopping them because, well, because school’s out.

Here’s my question: is it a practical necessity to structure our gathering habits with teenagers around the school calendar? Or should we try to push back against that calendar a little bit and maintain the continuity of relationships and learning we’ve spent all fall, winter, and spring building?

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