Recently I managed to pick the brain of a FGA youth pastor and one of the thing that caught my attention is that they allowed the youths to run a youth program once every month. The feedback was that they (the youths of FGA) came out with quite outstanding ideas and they had fun doing it. Not only does it give them a feel of what it means to run a youth program but also a chance to build up the partnership with one another. All this is done of course with supervision. Now, me being one that does not really like to reinvent the wheel, decided to try this out in EY (that and the fact that I am running out of ideas or that I am plain lazy). So we have what we liked to call a EY program.
What is this program? Well, basically we have two EY to plan and run a program. What it is; is entirely up to them. They if they wanted to could have an outing, a BBQ, a sleepover, an outreach, a normal program, a trip to the moon, etc. The advisors are only to assist when required and to provide the teachings if required. We have decided to try it out bimonthly and we had our first EY Program last Saturday which was handled by Carmen and Kar Wai (the smaller in age one, not in weight I think). How was it? Well, let me tell you what they did (with photo evidence, of course) and give you the evaluation later.
What they did? Well they basically conducted a series of games. One of the requirements that I have imposed on them is the fact that they should be willing to do what they have asked the rest to do. I have always felt that the previous games whereby the games conductor imposed some silly antics at the gamers were not very fair. So they had a total of 6 games!!! We started at about 3:45 and ended at about 6:15pm. The youths were separated into two teams, team one was led by Shireen and team two was Bernice.
The first game was to climb over a rope which was about 4 to 5 feet high. Some of the team members were given certain handicaps such as blind, lame and crippled. The idea was to work as a team to cross the over and with the distribution of members gave rise to a series of hilarious situation.
Team Bernice. Note the height of the rope.
Team Shireen. Somehow Wai Kit and Clarence always end up together.
"Arrggggh…..even without the hair, you are heavy!!!" Shireen cried. (Not the way, guys. Come on, Shireen carrying Clarence?)
"Easy does it," (This is how we do it!)
"Mommy, the ground is so far away…" Bernice said. (But its only 4 feet high?)