I'm back from the Pen-Del Conference Youth Rally held in Ocean City, MD this past weekend. I believe this was my 7th Rally to be at since moving to Delaware. It is always an incredible weekend. This year was a little different as I wasn't leading a group, but helping with the leadership of the overall conference. My fancy title was Back Stage Coordinator. This means I made sure all the speakers, students, and bands were ready to go on stage at the right time...and I had a great view!
During my seven times at the Rally- this had to be one of the best overall. All the bands were outstanding. Starfield did a solid job leading worship. Hawk Nelson, LA Symphony, and Flatfoot56 each rocked the crowd. Flatfoot56 is a Celtic Punk band. (It's just like it sounds...a punk band with bagpipes...sweet!) Ayiesha Woods was probably the surprise of the weekend. Her set just plained rocked! Her guitarist was amazing and ended the concert with a crazy solo!
The Rally also featured Taylor Mason- probably one of the funniest comedians I have ever seen. He is simply amazing.
The speakers were Kathleen Baskin-Ball, a pastor from the Dallas area and Justin Lookadoo. They focused on the theme "Whatever" coming from Colossians 3:23. Both did an excellent job of challenging the students in their faith.
The cherry on top of the weekend was the opportunity to hang out with our churches youth group during some of the event. It was different not being with them the whole time, but I savored the opportunity to worship and dance with them during the bands. All in all, a pretty great weekend.