For many years, Orchard Hill has valued sharing our buildings with the community. Offering our facilities to be used has helped us fulfill our mission of ‘Helping next generations encounter and follow Jesus to bless a broken world.’ This past spring, both buildings in Grundy County have been used to invest in the next generation.
The Grundy Center High School After Prom was held in the new worship center in Grundy County on April 22. Close to 100 kids, along with parents and volunteers, flooded into the new space to utilize it and have fun. “Using our facility in this way was the first step to being a place that is integral to our community activities, for everyone,” commented one parent volunteer. “I sensed that everyone was comfortable and felt welcomed to be there!”
The kids enjoyed a night full of bubble soccer, human foosball, sumo suit wrestling, a bungee run, a carnival, a photo booth, and food and prizes. “The kids had a blast!” commented another parent. “I’m thankful for being a part of a church that values reaching next generations far and above preserving carpet, or avoiding coffee spills.”
The Lincoln Center building was also the site of a youth event on May 5, when close to 40 Friends First students and 20 volunteers participated in their annual Lock-in. “It was a great night!” exclaimed Chris Henley. “I love watching students have an opportunity to pause and consider what Jesus did on the cross. One student talked about his experiences and frustrations with faith; his encouragement paved the way for a new level of vulnerability. It was a powerful night, thanks to the planning and preparation!”
The night included an Amazing Race scavenger hunt, a message with time of sharing, a bonfire, and great food.
For more information on Grundy County Student ministries, please visit cedarvalleystudents.org.