Not Your Ordinary Valentine’s Day
Every year at Valentine’s Day young people feel the pressure of having to be in a relationship. Pressures from seeing their friends at school receiving flowers and gifts often cause teens to be in compromising relationships, just so they do not feel left out. This year we decided to do something counter cultural by preparing an event that flies in the face of your typical Valentine’s Day. The title “Boys vs. Girls: Not Your Ordinary Valentine’s Day Party”. Song of Solomon 8:4 (NLT) says, “Promise me, O women of Jerusalem, not to awaken love until the time is right.” Valentine’s Day is a great time to reflect on selfless love, but it’s easy to get caught up in the world’s perspective on what it should look like and when it should be pursued. It is important to the Youth & Family ministry that we provide an alternative to the world’s version of Valentines Day and remind ourselves that we can love each other and have fun with out the pressure of romance.
At the event, there was an epic battle during the “Boys vs. Girls Challenge.” We asked the guys a series of questions that girls would typically know the answer to, and did the same to the girls, asking them questions about sports and other “manly” things. The boys triumphed and won the game by only one point. The reward? Team caption Carl McGhee, got the opportunity to pie the girls’ team captain, Olivia Hermosillo, in the face. That’s right, this was a true battle. But, being the gentleman that Carl is he handed the cream pie to Olivia and allowed her to pie him instead. And she did! Carl is such a great example of selfless love. We also played a game called “Guess the Ridiculous Valentine’s Day Facts.” We posted multi-choice questions about Valentine’s Day throughout the room and gave everyone a chance to guess the correct answers. Our two winners, Tristan Gower and Kendra Serrano took home iTunes gifts cards for making the bests guesses. Jake Jones generously ran our photo booth and took amazing pictures that the teens get to share. And finally, we closed out the event with a time of dancing!
Our goal was to challenge the stereotypes and worldliness that can creep into the expectations of young people every February and have a lot of fun while doing it. Mission accomplished.