Ch 5. – I think I Might Be Able To Do This (The stuff I somehow got right #BecauseGod)
Here s an excerpt from chapter five of “The Millennial Pastor” by Josiah Jones.
In all my infinite wisdom I decided I was going to create an event that was aimed at families. My church made it clear they wanted more families walking through the door so this is what we did. First, the name: Summer Fun in the Sun! I grew up in Arizona and sun was a regular occurrence, in the PNW not so much. This event not only anticipated sun but also was almost entirely founded on water games that would take place in our church’s large grassy field. Sunshine was a must. It was one of those moments where I’m sure the lifetime PNWers decided to sit back and watch as my plan unraveled.
It kind of did.
A week out the weatherman/app/thing you get weather forecasts from called for rain. Lots and lots of rain. Imagine that.
Them: “Are we still having
Summer Fun in the Sun?”
Me: “Yup! We’re getting wet anyway,
so who cares about a little rain right?
(I was half convincing myself)”
Them: “Are you sure?”
Me: “I think so”
(inner monologue: “You’re going to mess this up!”)
I almost canceled. My wife and I really went back and forth. Lots of pros and cons were listed, but we ended up doing it. At first, we had maybe 5 people. I thought it was a total and complete bust. However, at the end of the event, we had something like 70 people show up and play out in the rain. It was great! We played Slip-n-Slide kickball and it is as fun to watch as it is to play. We had Capture the Flag with water balloons, squirt guns, kiddy pool and everything.
It rained almost the entire time…
Everyone went home completely soaked, including all those parents that decided to seek shelter underneath the single E-Z-Up we placed out there. My daughter may have evaded supervision at one point and took it upon herself to commandeer the garden hose that was being used to fill up a kiddy pool. She hosed everyone down who had to this point remained dry under said E-Z-Up. It was amazing. Everyone laughed because who’s going to get mad at a 2-year-old.
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Until Next time…