[et_pb_section admin_label="section" fullwidth="off" specialty="off" background_image="http://www.wellspringcolorado.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/goldbackground.jpg" transparent_background="off" allow_player_pause="off" inner_shadow="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" padding_mobile="off" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" make_equal="off" use_custom_gutter="off"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_cta admin_label="Call To Action" title="Fun Is A Ministry" button_url="http://www.wellspringcolorado.com/connect" url_new_window="off" button_text="Back" use_background_color="off" background_color="#2EA3F2" background_layout="dark" text_orientation="left" body_line_height="2em" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid" custom_button="off" button_letter_spacing="0" button_use_icon="default" button_icon_placement="right" button_on_hover="on" button_letter_spacing_hover="0" header_font_size="42" body_font_size="14" button_text_size="20" button_border_width="2" button_border_radius="3" button_border_radius_hover="3"] [/et_pb_cta][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section admin_label="section" transparent_background="off" background_color="#f4f4f4" allow_player_pause="off" inner_shadow="off" parallax="off" parallax_method="off" padding_mobile="off" make_fullwidth="off" use_custom_width="off" width_unit="on" make_equal="off" use_custom_gutter="off"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" text_font_size="14" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] By: Kyle Stanton, Youth Intern
I used to think that doing ministry meant being really serious. Don’t get me wrong, I always knew there was a place for cracking jokes and sharing meals together, but for some reason I thought that the most important ministry was done with a stern face. Teaching about the realities of heaven and hell, the transcendent and yet immanent God, and the death and resurrection of Christ were most important, and having fun, well that was just secondary.
It’s not that I now view teaching biblical theology and doctrine as less important, rather, now I see just how important fun is.
God created us for fun. It’s something we all love and crave. For example, if you’re a transplant to Denver you probably came for a job or for a school, but really deep down you know you came for the mountains. Those slopes call to the inner skier and snowboarder. And those of you who love the outdoors can’t imagine being further than a stone’s throw from the giant adult jungle gym we call the Rockies. And if you’ve ever been to Wellspring on a Sunday during football season and haven’t seen Broncos gear then you just haven’t been paying attention. Fun is a part of all of our lives, it’s a part of our identity and a part of our communities.
That’s why fun can’t just be brushed aside. Fun is part of what binds us together. It’s those moments filled with smiles, laughter, cheering and hollering, that remind us that we don’t just love each other, but we also sort of like each other.
Fun is the name of God’s grace when two friends are drawn together. Fun is what reminds us that God created everything good. It’s what reminds us that God didn’t create Adam, or you or me, to be alone. It’s the unique and wonderful gift of God given to build up a community of love. And without fun you can forget about intimacy.
That’s why it’s crucial for the church to take fun seriously. Without fun, without simple, basic, human connections all the truth in the world falls on deaf ears. People won’t hear truth if they don’t feel welcome, safe, and loved. And that’s why at Wellspring, and especially in Flood Student Ministry, we prioritize fun.
This Sunday at Youth Group we had a lot of fun, like we always do. We started by playing some music and catching up. I played hacky sack with the middle school guys and we laughed at each other as we struggled to kick around the hacky. Then we split up into teams and played capture the flag where leaders threw socks at the kids to send them to “the brig”. We filled the church with balled up socks and mixed screams of joy and terror (the leaders are all pretty good throws). Afterwards we sat down together and shared stories. A couple of the youth leaders shared parts of their testimonies and when we broke up into small groups we all shared about how our week had been.
We finished the night with a surprise: ice cream sundaes, with a twist. The twist was that the kids got partnered up, and without sharing anything about what they liked the students made sundaes for each other using all the candies, cookies, flavors, and toppings they could think of. Oh, and there were root beer floats too.
Most of what we did this Sunday was about fun. We played games, laughed together, and ate ice cream. But just because it was all about fun doesn’t mean that it wasn’t serious ministry. What we really did was connect with our students. We sent the message that we not only love them because we ought to, but we actually like them and love them because we want to. We created a space for students to be at home, to be welcome, safe, and loved. We create a space each Sunday for students to have fun, and because we have fun together we also become family together.