Weekend Teaching Series: You Own the Weekend: Trabuco Hills HS (series premiere: week 1 of 5)
Sermon in a Sentence: Christ calls us to a live a life unified together for His glory.
Service Length: 71 minutes
Understandable Message: This weekend we kicked off the completely-student-run series You Own the Weekend. We debuted the series last year after a student threw out the idea to me after a weekend service – it turned into the largest series of 2009. It is back this year, and Trabuco HS student leaders set the bar high as the series kicked off. The message this week focused on unity, and the power of people banded together for one cause. The clear challenge was for Christians to be unified, and it gave a clear invitation for non-believers to become a part of God’s family. A student taught the message broken up in a few parts with 3 testimonies sprinkled throughout.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: The weekend was completely run by students – from the early planning stages through execution. Aside from one adult adviser to the group, all of the adults were there in a purely relational capacity. Really incredible to see – students have been involved in lots of “day of” opportunities to serve – greeters, camera, band, etc but the real work of You Own the Weekend happens in the weeks before – as students invite their friends to attend the service. The goal was that every student would get an invitation to the weekend service.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: Students chose to play Party in the USA and Fireflies during the countdown video, and opened with a Trabuco Hills Rap – it was really creatively done – I don’t remember us ever opening with a live rap before. So fun, so much school pride, they even made a slideshow to run behind the music, lots of picture of their school and students. They also brought in the school mascots to dance around, and used www.polleverywhere.com to put up a few interactive cell phone polls.
Music Playlist: THHS Alma Mater Rap, Tear Down the Walls, another song I forgot
Favorite Moment: This weekend was filled with great moments – the biggest of them all is the continued reminder of the connection between student involvement and evangelism. And that students are capable of SO much when given a chance.
Up Next: YOTW: El Toro HS (week 2 of 5)