I'm so excited to share some amazing guest posts from other bloggers living life on a mission with you all while I'm out of town so much this month! Be sure to check out their blogs and leave them some love!
I want to introduce you all to Chelsea at Live Laugh Lynae! She is such a sweetheart and I'm so glad to have her as one of my bloggy friends! She has an incredible passion for her youth group and for serving Jesus. Today I asked her to share all about her Girls Extravaganza event that she recently put together. Enjoy!
Hey, y'all! I'm Chelsea and I blog over at Live Laugh Lynae.
That's Lin-A. Lynae's my middle name. I love it.
I'm a twentysomething Austinite who loves Jesus, cooking and crafting. I'm learning to live in community with three other awesome ladies in a community house.
For the past two years I've served as the student minister at Oak Meadow Baptist Church. Student ministry is SO essential. It is absolutely vital to set a foundation of faith in students' lives. God has taught me so much through this ministry.
When I've felt incompetent and unsure,
He's shown His power despite my weaknesses.
When only two students show up for Bible study,
He's used that time for us to get real with one another, confess sin and pray.
When I let pride get in the way and try to do things in my own power,
He's used others to gently rebuke me.
It's been quite a journey.
Ministry is definitely more than event planning, but events give you opportunity to develop relationships, communicate truths, and corporately worship Jesus. One of my favorite events that we've done is the Girls Extravaganza.
After attending a clothing swap in Austin last year,
(actually a fashion blogger's swap... I have no idea how I got in!)
I felt God nudging my heart to introduce that idea to my girls.
It's such a simple way to fight consumerism, materialism, greed.
As time passed, God continued to introduce ideas to me
and The Girls Extravaganza was born.
This past month 25 girls, 4 speakers, an awesome worship band, and lots of volunteers saw this become a reality.
We began the afternoon with registration, snacks and swag bags!
also on Pinterest,
but my mom's been doing this for ages!
from Hey Cupcake!
Tote bags stocked with goodies from Naptime Diaries, Willow of Wonder, Seek First, Rouge and Whimsy, moxiemandie, Petals Lace and Pearls, Bearing Fruit, Gillette, and NS Pottery
Once everyone had stuffed themselves on goodies and gone through their swag bags,
we began with a time of prayer and worship through song
And then we broke into small groups and had rotating breakout sessions
God brought some truly gifted women in to share on different topics with the girls
Tia shared about True Beauty
and how to let God's grace define what's beautiful about us.
Jessica discussed Biblical conflict resolution
and how to be a peacemaker in our families and friendships
Emily looked at healthy relationships, and how to identify abusive ones
you can check out the website she helped begin- LoveisRespect.org
and Lindsey addressed purity and how God makes "all things new"
and illustrated the point by making two different scarves and a vest from old T shirts
After the breakout sessions, we came back together for some more prayer and worship through song. I shared about the importance of fighting materialism and some tips of dressing modestly and fashionably, using examples from Much Love, Illy.
And then we went upstairs for a massive clothing swap!
Each girl brought five items with her to swap,
and I know that everyone walked away with at least one new item they loved.
Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos of the swap shop,
but we constructed this to hang clothes on,
and then had several tables with folded items.
God used a simple idea to host a clothes swap
and turned it into an event that truly touched the hearts of students and leaders alike!
I've gotten some heartfelt feedback on how it affected different ladies.
This event would be so simple to replicate with your own group!
Let me know if you have any questions about resources or relevant Bible studies.
Thanks, Kerrie, for inviting over to share my story!
You are SO WELCOME! It takes guts to step out and put together an event like this. I love how Chelsea decided to go for it and trust that God would use it, which He did! Go check out her blog to hear more and get some good recipes. Thanks Chelsea!