The Queen of Angels 8th grade retreat took place last week, and it was blessed. The theme was Mission Possible and it was centered around Mark 10:27. The sessions were: God is love, Christian Friendship (guys and girls session), the Mass, Christian Servant Leadership and Commissioning. It was great to see God moving not only in the hearts of the 8th graders but also within the hearts of the retreat team.
Some things that stood out for me:
-Seeing one of the teens that initially viewed faith as something impersonal and unreal, lifting his hands up in adoration by day two of the retreat.
-My small group’s verbal affirmations. I was not sure how that would go, since our small groups were mixed (boys & girls), and sometimes having mixed groups make it harder for people to be comfortable with being vulnerable. I was so surprised. Everyone really dug deep, and became vulnerable, and recognized Jesus in each other. Tears were shed and laughter abounded
-Eating a chewed up snickers bar – yes, I did that, and yes there is a video. I will post that up as soon as I get it (thanks Joe for recording it haha )