Anybody know the word ‘hoopla’? Heard it before? Know what it means? The dictionary says: hoopla — noun, Informal. Bustling excitement or activity; commotion; hullabaloo; to-do. We’ve employed the word to sort of describe our Friday afternoon get-togethers. Who am I talking about? Fortnightly on Fridays I get together with three young guns at Junktion, the recycle boutique that I volunteer in, for coffee, tea, snacks and discipleship. The three girls I meet with are in their first year out of high school and their first year out of attending youth group at our church, and I wanted to make sure that while they’ve moved on from that period of their lives they are still being fed spiritually. I know that was a gap for me, after school – there was no bridging part and none of my old youth leaders really followed up on me after those years were over.
I didn’t want that for these girls.
I’ve known them all for different lengths of time and in different situations, but they are all beautiful, intelligent, servant-hearted young women and I love spending time with them! We have looked at various different things during the course of this year; talked about everything from God’s plans for their lives, to employment to boys and drunk copious amounts of tea! 🙂 at the moment, we’re working through a four-part series by Craig Groeschel and LifeChurch called Friending…and MAN are we enjoying it! It’s really engaging, fun, informative and Bible based. Plus, it’s super relevant to these girls at this time (not to mention me!) as they adjust to life outside of the structures of school. Relationships and friendships change dramatically after high school, and while we’re looking at this at the end of the year, it’s still super poignant because they are finally at the stage where they’re realising that and feeling that.
I’m so thankful for great resources like this one – things are so accessible these days! High five virtual world! I’m also hugely thankful for all three of those girls. They encourage me more than they know – I am so blessed by their friendship, their willingness to come along and their commitment to furthering their spiritual strength. I don’t claim to know everything – far from it! But I endeavour to create an environment where we can learn from each other and discover what God is calling us to by bouncing off of each other.
I love catching up with these girls on Fridays for FYDH – First Year Discipleship Hoopla! What a bunch of legends.