Posted by Taryn Hofert - Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Kids will be kids. And there is no better place to be a kid than behind the curtain at Watershed on Sunday mornings—where middle schoolers and adult volunteers are immersing themselves in the perfect storm of chaos, community and Christ.
The middle school years are tough-- I think we all remember the awkwardness and insecurity of that time. A time when peer pressure can be the most powerful force in your life. Besides connecting kids with each other through Christ and community-- the goal of MSB is to offer middle school aged children the opportunity to make a positive connection with an adult, other than their teachers or parents. Someone, they can count on to listen to them, laugh with them, and pray with them.
Come on—you know you’re curious about what goes on “behind the curtain.” You’ve heard the laughter (and the shouting). You’ve seen the vats of chocolate pudding. You’ve wondered, “What the heck is going on back there?” The answer: fellowship. And sometimes fellowship is messy. And messy is beautiful.
But what you may not see (or hear) are the quiet moments behind the curtain. Those moments when a shy middle schooler volunteers to pray—and in the midst of that prayer offers hope to a struggling classmate or encouragement to a fellow MSBer. Each week the kids share their highs and lows with each other—and each week the bond between them grows. Relationships are forming—reshaping the way they view their role as student, son, daughter, friend, and most importantly, Christ follower. Kids will be kids—yes, but our MSBers are kids in Christ. So what if they’re covered in chocolate pudding.
-Brent Hill, Middle School Bloc Leader/Volunteer