Teens, Crafts and Chocolate

I have been a student small group leader at my church for many years now. I took last year off to focus on family, but back again loving these young people.

20140110-133650.jpgAndrea and I disciple seven or eight 11th and 12th grade girls. This night we wanted to just hang out, eat and have some fun together. Andrea provided the food and I was in charge of…..the craft! (Of course.)

The girls arrived chattering away like good young girls should. We talked about how everyone’s Christmas was and how the college application process is going. We’ve got a very smart and talented group of young ladies, but most importantly, they are kind and love with big hearts. Unlike many high school girls, there isn’t any drama among themselves. Luckily for me, I’ve been with most of these girls since seventh grade, so I’ve seen how much they’ve matured.

20140110-134315.jpgAfter a delicious meal and tasting different chocolates, we poured ourselves some hot cider and started crafting bracelets. The girls picked out their colors and I began to teach them how to make their wrap bracelets.

20140110-141326.jpgThe girls chose the colors they wanted to use out of my 25 year old embroidery stash..

20140110-141349.jpgI took them step-by-step.

20140110-141454.jpgSome girls were very comfortable with handling the materials.

20140110-141531.jpgSome had not much experience in the craft department, were eager to try.

20140110-141730.jpgSome really concentrated.

20140110-141821.jpgSome went with the flow.

20140110-141851.jpgMerrianna made a double color bracelet.

20140110-141941.jpgJessica used a pretty button for her closure.

20140110-142044.jpgEmily chose to use both blue and yellow thread.

20140110-142158.jpgI love them all! (Gee, can you tell which arm one belongs to old Mother Mary?)

20140110-142553.jpgThe crafting was done, but our night was still young. Game time!!! I brought out Tenzi.

20140110-143316.jpgObviously, it’s a game about rolling the dice. Everyone gets their own set of ten colored dice. The players race to see who can roll all of their dice to an appointed number.

20140110-143505.jpgOh, sure it looks like a calm, easy game….

20140110-143545.jpgBelieve me, it gets intense and exciting.

20140110-143622.jpgThere is no skill involved, except rolling the dice. Some prefer to do a little good luck blow on the dice before they roll, others stretch and wiggle their fingers.

20140110-143803.jpgAfter a few rounds we changed things up a bit by adding that you had to say a different number over and over as you are rolling a different number, or stacking the dice as you went, or even having to use your non-dominant hand. These girls are tough!

20140110-143958.jpgMany wonder how I can stand to be around teenagers so much. I love them! We all know the problems teens face today…drugs, sex, peer pressure, college, jobs. I guess I feel like if I can scatter just a few seeds of joy, encouragement and guidance onto this fertile ground, I’ve done my part.

Thanks for dropping by,


6 thoughts on “Teens, Crafts and Chocolate

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    Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!

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