For those of you who know you, this probably isn't much of a surprise. I was involved with youth for quite a while back in Ottawa, but somehow, whenever the thought of doing the same in Toronto came up, I hesitated. After we got married, there were so many transitions going on, that I needed to stop and really process it all. Not only that, but I needed to almost distance myself from my old youth group that I loved so very much, to ensure that I wouldn't be that annoying girl who constantly says, "Well, in my OLD group, we did X like THIS..." [The previous comment would possibly be accompanied by an obviously dissatisifed expression.]
This summer, however, I started working at the church and getting to know the various ministries, and I felt the pull back towards youth ministry. Last week I finally got to talk to our new youth pastor, and he invited me to check out the group. When I walked into the room, even though I didn't know the kids or most of the volunteers, I felt like I was coming home, back to a ministry I love, back to an age group I love. There are lots of people who enjoy teaching Sunday school and working with little kids, but as for me, put me in a room full of awkward or surly teens, and my heart fills up. I ♥teenagers!