Good Morning L.I.G.H.T. Families,
I’d like to start out by congratulating all of our graduating seniors this week! This particular group of young men and women were in grade two when I joined you at St Catherine’s Parish. It has been a pleasure to watch them all grow into individuals who have so much to offer this world. I hope that their faith will be strong as they venture into the next phase of their lives. They will be in my prayers, and I invite all of our L.I.G.H.T. families to keep them in theirs. Way to go Class of 2013!
Today we’ll look at a few comments that fall into both the PLUS and in the MINUS sections of our year-end evaluation form, but they all have a common thread: the format and activities at our Opening Large Group Presentations. As always, we have people on all ends of the opinion spectrum here:
* I like the family projects and activities.
* Groups are fun.
* Would like to see more theater like last year.
* The use of different media and materials is great.
* A little less Power Point.
* Love the Power Point.
* Not sure I like using Facebook and Twitter as examples of God’s talking
And of course my favorite: too many “cheesy videos” Ha ha!! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
The various viewpoints on this topic speak to the diverse preferences and learning styles of all of our L.I.G.H.T. family members. This is precisely why we try to vary our presentation style and use different ways to approach our topics from month to month and from year to year. This past L.I.G.H.T. season was heavy on use of media due to the ‘focal point’ of the Internet and social media. So next season we will see that become a little less prominent.
I agree with the person who missed the theater! That is so much fun to do and engaging for many. The biggest problem with that approach is the difficulty in finding volunteers (especially when we are trying to get them quickly as people arrive and are eating). I invite you to hit REPLY right now and send me the names of your family members who are willing to help in this way. If we can get enough volunteers, we can work to incorporate more of this presentation style into the upcoming year.
I’d like to end by addressing the last comment above “Not sure I like using Facebook and Twitter as examples of God’s talking.” On this topic, we did have more positive responses than negative.
The idea to use Social Media came up as we were looking for a focal point for last year’s theme. We figured it would be a different way to capture attention and it actually fit in nicely with looking at the person of Jesus. Using online resources may be a way that Jesus would choose to communicate with us if he was walking the earth in our time. Jesus was radical in how he taught, that is a fact that was evidenced by his use of parables to communicate the truths of our faith to the followers of his day. He was interested in meeting people where they were at and I daresay that ONLINE is where many of us are at. So, we tried it. It was fun. It was different. And now we’ll move on to something new.
I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and opinions on all of these topics with us. This feedback will certainly be kept in mind in all future planning so that we can continue to try to communicate the truths of our faith with you in ways that you find most engaging and useful.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone – especially all of our Grads and Dads!! See you at church!
Be the L.I.G.H.T.!