Allie-15 and I are meeting with a few of her friends again this week. This was her idea - she wanted to get a little accountability group going. Even here in the Buckle on the Bible Belt, it is often lonely, feeling as if you are the only Christian at school.
Now, all that said, Allie's criteria for groups runs something like this:
2. Something spiritual
4. Something deep
Everyone knows that DAD is the FUN GUY around here, but for some odd reason, she wanted ME to help with this. HUH? I'm trying not to feel the pressure. =)
So anyway, we met last week for the first time. They are good girls. Some of the girls are church-goers. A couple, I have no idea. One, I know, is watching her parents' marriage fall apart. Maybe they realize it, and maybe they don't, but more than anything, all of them need God and each other.
Last week we just talked and got to know each other. We did a few ice breakers that gave each girl a chance to have the floor, and then we talked about what the girls wanted out of the group. They decided they wanted to do a book study, and that they'd take turns leading it. The conversation was easy, and we laughed a lot.
At the end, I asked them how often they wanted to meet. "Every week is great!" they ALL said. I don't know why I was so surprised at the enthusiasm for meeting one hour a week with each other and with someone else's (NOT THAT FUN) mom! I'm so excited, I'm almost beside myself!
Allie prayed at the end (in the middle of McDonald's!) that they would all get to know God better and learn to live by His word. She did not seem to feel the need to pray that we'd have FUN. Maybe that will take care of itself...
I'm trying not to have big expectations, and yet...I know that this is something very special.
If any of you have done anything like this with teens, I would love to hear what worked or didn't work for you!