The Young Guns (Youth Team) meet in the church’s Fellowship Barn for a meal, games and activities, followed by a devotional or powerpoint teaching. Youth Team Leader, Andi, says, “We gather each week around three or four tables bunched together, eating in a family style setting, enjoying just talking and visiting every week. Then we split the kids up in several teams, competing with one another and enjoying wild-n-crazy games and activities”. It’s been reported that there’s always the flash of a camera to archive photo shots of the fun.
As a Kick-Off last fall, on a weekend retreat to the Flying L Dude Ranch in Bandera, something happened that really set the course for the Young Gun’s ministry and was something that made an impact on each one of them on a personal level. Andi recalls, “We watched the riveting PG-13, e-movie, To Save A Life, one night at the retreat.
The film is a powerful movie about the real-life challenges of teens and their choices. After viewing it our kids wanted to bring it to the teenagers in our community”. They said things about the movie like, “that is so real”, “I related to the characters in the movie”,” I feel the same pressures in my life as the movie depicted”. Andi shared, “I’ve always tried to listen to the kids and let them have a part in the direction that we wanted to go as a ministry team. And, when I heard the kids voice their desire to bring this movie to the community, we set out to see if we could make it happen. We found a way to purchase the license of the film so we could make it available for public viewing. This enabled us to invite teenagers from all across our area; from schools and churches to youth organizations and friends”.
The film has been shown in theaters across the nation, but in only 36 major cities. So, having it shown in our area is a fortunate event. There will be a campaign in the next two weeks to distribute “Free Movie Night” tickets throughout the area inviting teens from ages 13 and up. Even the ad in this paper can be torn out and used as a ticket at the door on April 30.
The “Free Movie Night” Event for Teens will be held at the “The Master’s Barn” at Brush Country Cowboy Church, Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. Concessions will be free, door prizes will be two Apple iPods along with T-Shirts, CDs, DVDs and more. Tickets will be distributed throughout George West and Three Rivers. (Movie tickets are not necessary to attend and teenaged guests are invited). For more information call: (361) 945-2796 or (361) 547-9100.