So me and some Ocean’s Edge alumni got the opportunity to travel up to North Carolina and lead a youth event and Sunday services for Southbrook Church. We embarked on our eleven hour drive Thursday morning at 8 AM. There is not much to say about those eleven hours… but here are some road trip shenanigans for your enjoyment: Vine #1 & Vine #2
Anyways, we eventually made it into North Carolina and met up with Kimberly Brown (Ocean’s Edge alumni and worship leader at Southbrook) and her brother at SmashBurger. We ate our fill and then headed to our host homes. At first I was quite nervous about where we were staying because all I heard was, “He is a college intern”. I thought we were staying in a dorm! Turns out he lives with his parents and we got to stay in his entertainment room which contained a humongous projector screen complete with an Xbox 360. Needless to say we had some fun nights.
Friday morning we woke up and hung out around the house until we got picked up to go to Mellow Mushroom pizza for lunch. We did some exploring around the area and then headed to Southbrook church for soundcheck. I was the only electric guitarist in the band so I had some fun playing rhythm and lead. That night we led worship for the Southbrook Church Summer Tour which was basically a really epic youth night. All I know is that there was a unicorn on stage at one point. That is all I have to say about that.
Saturday we woke up for our rehearsal and then went to a local bakery called Amelie’s French Bakery. It was filled with vintage furniture and eclectic odds and ends. I loved it! We all got sandwiches which were delicious, but a little small, so I definitely had room to get their extra thick hot chocolate that was to die for. I honestly wish I could go get one right now. After that we all went to Freedom Park which had lakes, trails, bridges, and even a lovely stream. We spent a few hours walking around and hanging out by the stream. It was wonderful.
We had an appointment to meet some people at Elevation Church at 3 to observe how they rehearse and prepare for their 5 o’ clock service. I was really glad that we got to experience that. I must say that they were doing everything that I thought I always wanted church to be, but in the end I felt that it was just too much. I fear that we may be making church more about the experience and less about the gospel. I did however like a lot of things they did and plan on trying to implement them in the future wherever I am. I must say I was impressed by their organization, skillfulness, and attention to detail. Most churches should be taking notes from these guys.
We got to lead Southbrook Church’s two Sunday morning services which was awesome. Everything went really well and the congregation seemed to connect and was singing along. After church we went Uptown in Charlotte to check out the city. We had a blast exploring the area for a few hours. There was so much to see and do! We just saw a glimpse of what the city was like and I loved it.
We all headed home Monday morning. Most of us slept the whole time. This trip was amazing and I was so glad we all got to share the experiences together. It was a great way to start summer off.
See the rest of our photos at: #SouthbrookTrip