Summer Reflections - Zack
By Zack Kuechle
Our Summer Interns blew us away with their ability to plan, manage, work hard and more importantly connect with and invest in our children and youth. What a blessing they have been to us as staff and to the adults, kids and youth they worked along side. We thought you'd enjoy hearing about what the summer meant to them, so this week we will publish a blog post each day written by each of our interns. Next up, Zack!
Interning for the summer was a lot of fun, and this was one of the best summers of my life. I made a lot of great friends, and got closer to my preexisting friends in the church. As I am from Penticton, I didn’t really know that many people here when I started, as I normally just came to church, and occasionally came to youth. So getting to spend so much time out here was awesome. Interning gave me the opportunity to go to youth events other than just Wednesday night youth, and I met a lot of cool people.
Hanging out in the office with the other interns was a lot of fun, but my favourite part was probably running the drop ins. Over the summer we ran an elementary drop in program and a middle school drop in program, and both were something I looked forward to in the week. Elementary drop in could be a little difficult at times, but that’s just part of working with kids. It was still a lot of fun to organize games and crafts for them, and it was great to see the kids having so much fun. I personally really enjoyed teaching them the Bible story, as it was in the form of short little videos that worked through the book of first John. The reason I enjoyed it is because sometimes these videos would point out common things in truths found in that book, and I would realize that maybe I could try a bit harder at that specific thing. I guess it was just nice to go back to the basics, and look over some things that I was missing the mark on.
Middle school drop in was drastically different from the elementary drop in. It was a lot louder, to start with, and the games were a lot more intense. I preferred this one over the elementary, as the kids, even though they were louder, tended to be better at listening, and a bit easier to relate to and talk with, as they were much closer to our age. I was put in charge of games, and I really enjoyed this position. A game they really enjoyed was Everybody’s It Dodgeball, and most of the time we would end up playing it for at least 30 minutes, if not more.
The one other event that I was involved in running was middle school youth. Again, I was in charge of games, and it was even more fun than running games for drop in, because for youth, we can do church-wide games. Church-wide games were a lot more fun to run, because the kids love doing them, and it’s hard to even get them to listen to the instructions because of how excited they are. Another great part of youth was getting to be a small group leader, and building into the kids, and getting to know them a bit better.
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