welcome to middle school
Thursday April 27th 2006, 1:13 pm
Filed under: youth ministry, family, youth work

my daughter — 6th grade, 12 years old — had a friend suspended from school this week for the rest of the year. she (the friend, NOT my daughter!) was bringing vodka to school in plastic water bottles every day. my youth ministry life and my family life are colliding…

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Just wait my friend. I now have a 15 and a 17 year old both in my senior high group.

ALSO: I was informed by a 14 year old student that “Vodka is the new gatorade.”

Comment by Steve 04.27.06 @ 3:15 pm

That happened when I was in middle school too.

You’ve been in youth work for so long, but you’ll be seeing it from a whole different perspective now, I think. It’s a neat opportunity.

Comment by brittany 04.27.06 @ 3:52 pm

Vodka is the new Gatorade.


Comment by Clint Walker 04.27.06 @ 4:52 pm

Yeah, I knew of people while I was in middle and high school who would bring vodka mixed with orange juice all the time.

Comment by tank 04.27.06 @ 5:41 pm

tank — she’s in 6th grade!

Comment by marko 04.27.06 @ 5:49 pm

I know, I went to a shady middle school in sixth grade.

Comment by tank 04.27.06 @ 6:01 pm

and then of course I went to one of the most well respected middle schools and high schools in the area, so I don’t know how my last comment was helpful. It is crazy how common alcohol is among those in high school and starting to become more common in middle school.

Comment by tank 04.27.06 @ 6:23 pm

Hold on to your seat Marko, the next 15 years are going to be an interesting ride…

Comment by Mike 04.27.06 @ 9:20 pm

yep Marko I know what you mean about the family life / ministry life “collision”. My 15 year old daughter is now in the high school ministry I shepherd. She’s pretty cute too…The biggest bummer is I KNOW the boys in the group and when I look back into the bus on a trip and see one of THEM , ( Lord, they have become “them”) sitting next to her I get …less sleepy… more alert. :) I NEED the Vodka. -

Comment by chuckk gerwig 04.28.06 @ 1:17 am

Chuckk… hands Marko the Vodka…

Comment by chuckk gerwig 04.28.06 @ 1:18 am

I teach in a middle school. This is more common than you think. Students are searching for something every day. Even the ones that are a part of your student ministries are searching. Please continue to lead by example and not be afraid to live your life in front of your students. They need adults in their lives that will show them what they are supposed to be doing.

Comment by Chris Saulneir 04.28.06 @ 5:45 pm

ya know, after 25 years of working with middle school kids, i’m not surprised ONE BIT by the girl’s action. the NEW experience for me is hearing about it through my daughter, about one of her friends. :o)

Comment by marko 04.28.06 @ 6:30 pm

When I was in middle school alot of kids would buy those mini mouthwash bottles, empty them out, fill them with vodka and dye it green. Folks still do that - big surprise - in high school now. Especially if they want to smuggle achohol into a prom where they know they’ll be searched. Alchohol is a WHOLE lot more prevalent than most adults think, or so I believe. Out of my main group of friends who I’ve grown up with since kindergarten, only 2 out of 12 of us HS Juniors (that would be myself and another friend) have never drank/been drunk. And they/we are considered the group of good Christian kids that “everyone likes”. I think most kids just don’t see what a big deal it is. It’s terrible. . .

Comment by natalie 04.28.06 @ 10:24 pm

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