March Madness Lock-In: Amazing Race

March 21, 2019

Teenagers love a lock-in. It’s a mysterious fact of church life that the same building which can be boring on a Sunday, when you’re expected to sit up and pay attention, becomes infinitely exciting on a Friday night when you’re told to go to sleep.

And our lock-in on Friday, March 15 was exciting!

We had a taco bar for dinner (thanks Wendy!), open gym with cricket and wiffle ball (thanks Chris!), video games, a movie, and the main event: a county-wide scavenger hunt we call “The Amazing Race.”

The Cheeseball Challenge.

During the Amazing Race, five teams faced crazy challenges. At the home of one Galilee member, kids worked in concert to assemble a network of cardboard tubes guiding a marble into a paper cup. At another, they used M&Ms of different colors to decipher a code and unlock a combination lock. Some challenges were cerebral. Some, like the Cheeseball Challenge (the team with the most snacks adhering to a shaving cream-covered kid wins), were not.

The Amazing Race was a ton of fun, a bit messy, and—for the teams facing difficult, timed challenges—a little frustrating.

That was the point, though. Life throws us many challenges. Success in any endeavor is often based on our ability to hang in there. It’s not everybody who earns the crown at the end of a race, but only those who persevere.

March Madness 2019: they persevered.

Perseverance was the subject of  the devotional that youth minister Pam Bentley presented at the conclusion of the Amazing Race. “Hang in there, no matter what,” she told the kids.

“In sports, if you keep trying regardless of setbacks or road blocks, your chance of success increases tremendously. If you are a basketball player and your goal is to win the NCAA bracket in March, you’ve got to put in the work. You have to persevere. The same goes in life.”

“Reaching goals requires perseverance, day after day, with eyes on the prize. The good news is that God is with us through it all. He created us to do great things and provides us with the strength and courage we need to overcome the obstacles before us.”

The words of Paul to the Philippians serve as a great reminder that God is with us in every challenge:

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:12-13

We are so proud of the youth of Galilee. They show great spirit and, yes, perseverance. Our thanks go out to the many volunteers who persevered, too. Whether you hosted a challenge, drove a team, our slept on the gym floor in a sleeping bag, your efforts made the lock-in a tremendous success. These kids will  remember the great time they had at this church—and be blessed by it.

Check out the pics from the Amazing Race: