Friday, January 26, 2007

Fire alarms, laptops & YM...

Let me preface this by telling you about my current group of students. They apparently love any event that we hold inside the church. They aren't keen on sporting events or going to the waterslides, but they'll come out in droves for a night of Mission Impossible.

So we booked the entire building. The plan was to have leaders with Nerf guns roaming the hallways. All the lights would be out and students were going to be everywhere. The plan was also to do a little skit to introduce the evening and explain the "mission" and the rules. So we decided to go for ambiance. So try to picture this...

Lights are out. Spotlight is on. Mission Impossible theme music is blasting. Fogger is going. Yup...you can see this one coming. Yeah, apparently too much fog sets of fire alarms. And I don't have a clue how to shut anything off or even who I should call. And the custodians are on their dinner break.

The next thing I know I can hear the fire truck. Then I see it. Then I have to explain myself. Then all our student and leaders have to wait in the parking lot for the firemen to clear the fog out of the building.

We started our game over an hour late. But we now have a memory that none of our student will forget. And I doubt I'll ever live this down once the rest of the staff hears about it. I wonder what kind of bill I'm going to get from the fire department?

4 comments:

Kerry Snyder said...

Ha Ha! I have had the same thing happen! No way, I thought I was the only one, I was just to embarrassed to admit it outside of church! What a man!

By the way...Was that an official "tag"? If so, here come the 5!

dags said...

aw, poor guy...well i guess these are some of the things that will shape you as a pastor. haha...and you can't pay money for stories like that! thanks for the tag, i've been tagged before for the same thing but never did it...i'll see what i can do :P

Knotter said...

Yes Kerry that was an official tag. And Kelly, there better be no excuses. Get cracking!

Tara said...

Hi Mike, I just found your blog today. Doug had the fire department come to the church while we were pastoring in Ontario too... luckily one of the firemen was a board member so they didn't charge for the false alarm!
Tara Robertson