Students at Lakeside Lutheran High School recently hosted an event called “New Friends,” where the high school teens and individuals from the community met on the high school campus to join in an afternoon of fun and new friendships.
Members of Lakeside’s Teens for Christ service group organized the day to connect teens with young people with special needs and their families in a fun-filled atmosphere and build relationships by focusing on abilities, not disabilities. On Sunday, October 22, 63 LLHS students greeted 13 guests in the Lakeside gym. Planned activities included face painting, cookie decorating and eating, pumpkin-painting, bean bag toss, basketball, manicures, slime-making, and card games. Some unplanned activities—human bowling, the Chicken Dance, and line dancing—also took place.
Student teacher Josiah Nommensen shared a devotion, reminding everyone that while they made wonderful friends, they always have Jesus as their true friend.
New Friends events at Lakeside Lutheran are also planned for January 21 and March 11 from 1-3 p.m. Those interested in bringing someone are encouraged to contact LLHS Teens for Christ advisor Ruth Hirschfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 920-648-2321 x2210.
New Friends is a program started by Jesus Cares Ministries, a national outreach ministry to people with developmental disabilities, their families, and their communities.
To see more photos from the day, visit our smugmug page.