Next Week (October 26th) we are having our first NYM PARTY NIGHT of the year! It's gonna be a super great time as we wear FLANNEL and just enjoy an evening of connecting relationally. Remember - fun builds bridges to relationship. Everything we do is ultimately to SET UP Small Groups for success... these party nights are no exception!
Maybe you're a new NYM parent, or maybe you're just wondering... why do they randomly have parties on a normal night of youth group? That's a really good question. Here's our thinking about why regularly scheduled parties are helpful during the school year:
- Mix It Up - When we moved to Wednesday Nights, we gained nearly 12 more weeks of youth group nights during the course of the school year. While that is amazing for regularity, we realized it could have the potential to represent some level of boredom from being monotonous or repetitive. So, throwing a party in every once in a while ensures that we don't get into a "same old, same old" routine for the students.
- Jump Back In - We intentionally scheduled a number of these parties right after a break in our schedule for a holiday (Thanksgiving, Christmas) or after a week of Youth Group that we expect might be low in attendance (Spring Break, etc). This way, it gives us a really easy way to get students excited to jump back in after making taking a week (or a lot more than a week) off from attending Nitro or Fusion.
- Come With Me - By creating a regular night in the schedule that won't have small groups, music or a talk, we figured that it would make invitation really easy every once in a while. Students can reach out to a friend with full confidence that wherever they stand spiritually, this is going to be a stress-free night of having fun.
- Have Some Fun - Fun builds bridges to relationship. An SGL (Small Group Leader) can spend 2 continuous hours having fun and creating memories with students during a party night - that's VALUABLE INVESTMENT TIME that will pay dividends when the right moment for a significant conversation roles around.