The Plan UK released a study that concluded that more than half of the girls aged 14-21 in the UK have admitted to being sexually harassed at school. It's being labeled the "#EveryonesInvited" movement, which is similar to the "#MeToo" movement. However, it had little traction until a young woman named Sarah Everard was allegedly murdered by a police officer in London back in March. It's important to note, however, that the study's definition of sexual harassment ranges things such as being "wolf-whistled" or "unwanted sexual comments" to the other extreme. Regardless of what "type" of harassment it is, it's unacceptable, and it's unbelievable that it's occurring at such an alarming rate at schools. Schools are supposed to be a safe place where kids can learn. Everyone should keep these things in mind as they reach out because it is an excellent opportunity to share the love of Christ as long as those affected are willing to talk about their experiences. In many instances, the one making sexual advances is also forfeiting their chance to speak Christ into that person or social circle not only because of their actions, but their perceptions about how they are to best love and treat them.
You've probably heard of Connect4 before. This large-scale variation of it can be a great way to get everyone involved. Start by creating a 4 by 4 grid of hula hoops. Then, give each individual (or team and have them rotate throwers) several bean bags or something else that can be thrown. Then, create a line several steps back from the hula hoops that will serve as the throwing line. The farther back, the more challenging it is. Have the throwers aim their bean bags into the hula hoops. If a bean bag doesn't land in a hula hoop or if it lands in an already occupied hoop, it does not count. Simply return it to the throwers so that it can be used again. If it does land in the hoop, however, it has to stay there, even if it rolls into a different hoop than the thrower was intending. Also, just like Connect4, the other person/team will be trying to connect 4 of their own or can block the other team. The first team to throw bean bags into 4 hoops to make a row wins. Here are two examples that give you an idea of the fun, but are different approaches. Here are two kids playing tic tac toe to help you see the suspense of hoping students make the right choice. Here's another example where students run up to a much larger grid of hula hoops instead of having a line you have to throw from with only 4x4.
This is much easier said than done, but we have to actually take our spot at the table when it's offered to us. Be willing to accept God's unconditional love and promise of provision. You are worthy of it! Regardless of who you've been and what you've done, God has a seat saved for you. It's not because of anything we've done though. It's because we are His children. There are blessings to give away, but also rejoice in unexpected blessings and answered prayers God may have for you today!