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Parents: Did your kids talk about these moments at SuperStart? —

By Becca Haines

Hey youth leaders … thank you!

Seriously, thank you for bringing your kids to CIY events. Thank you for letting them experience amazing moments that will impact their lives for many years to come. As a parent, as well as a staff member at CIY, I can tell you it makes a difference. And I saw it first-hand the first time I attended SuperStart.

"I couldn’t help but visualize the kids as Skittles – little sugared balls of energy bouncing around in their brightly colored shirts ... "

SuperStart is created specifically for preteen students in fourth through sixth grades. Though my son was much younger, I couldn’t help but think of him as I watched the other skinny-legged boys in all of their boisterous excitement at the event.

 

I wish all of their parents could have joined me and watched them connect to the music, talk about the Gospel and pray with their youth groups. Those intentionally planned moments are the heart of the event.

 

Fourth, fifth and sixth graders are boisterous. I couldn’t help but visualize the kids as Skittles – little sugared balls of energy bouncing around in their brightly colored shirts in the lobby of Oral Roberts University’s Mabee Center before the event. The excited atmosphere is contagious, and you can’t help but smile as you watch their eager eyes open wide at all of the things to enjoy and explore. Some of the kids are growing into their teeth and feet. It’s the beginning of an awkward stage of life, but they’re still young enough to enjoy vigorous play while also being old enough to have some deeper conversations. 

 

SuperStart is designed for lively crowds, and I covered my ears when they were encouraged to satisfy their need to scream. It was fun to watch them jump and move around, and the actors on the stage are awesome entertainers. But nothing compares to the praise and worship and small group time.

 

Those same awkward, loud and bouncy kids transformed into a sea of harmonizing, beautiful voices and it overwhelmed my soul.

 

It’s that feeling that makes me say “Thank you” to all of the parents who let their kids come – and the youth leaders who make it possible.

 

Thank you for choosing SuperStart as a place where your kids can grow in their faith and create stronger relationships with their youth group and leaders.

 

Thank you for sending what you love most in this world to praise the Lord in a whole new way.

 

And, thank you for the moments that happen after SuperStart. Thank you for having more conversations with them. Thank you for talking with them about Kingdom work and how to reflect Jesus more in your home and daily routines. As a parent, I know how simultaneously thrilling and scary those conversations can be.

 

What will God call them to do? The thought of how they will reach their fullest potential is exhilarating.

 

There’s all kinds of decisions down the road, but this past weekend you made a good one.

 

So … thank you.

 

Becca Haines is a communications coordinator for Christ In Youth.