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Solid Rock Youth Group Hosts Community Game Nights for Teens

In October 2023, the Solid Rock Youth Group from First Baptist Church in Two Harbors began hosting N2N Friday Night Games in the gym above the Neighbor to Neighbor Thrift Store. The game nights were begun to give teens in the com­munity “something fun to do” on Friday nights.

Beginning with the youth at First Baptist Church, the game nights have grown to include any teenager in junior high or high school, with Friday Night Game posters shared with oth­er churches and schools. The games played are on a rotating schedule and include volleyball, 9-Square in the Air, and dodge­ball variations. Classic arcade games and board games are also available for teens who want to hang out but don’t love the gym games.

Teen Josiah Poe says of the game nights, “It’s a great place to hang out with my friends. My fa­vorite thing to do is volleyball. It provides a safe and warm space and a healthy environment.”

Another teen, Alicea Erickson, said, “We have a lot of fun, other groups are invited too, so it’s a good opportunity to interact with other people our age.”

“We want to see our teens have good, clean fun together. The more the merrier. All teens are welcome from gamers of all kinds to social butterflies and everyone in between!” Solid Rock Youth Di­rectory Amy Nelson said. “We’d love to see more kids from out­side our circle. Community sup­port is so important, so as our neighbors share and invite the teens within their sphere of influ­ence to join us, we’d love to see these game nights grow!”

The next game night will be held on February 16th, and it will be 9-Square in the Air. March’s game nights are on the 1st (vol­leyball) and the 15th (dodge­ball). As the winter sports season comes to an end, bring a friend or two and check out N2N for some fun. Solid Rock Youth can be contacted through First Bap­tist Church or found on Insta­gram @solid_rock_fbc.

Haley Searls
Haley Searls
Hello! My name is Haley Searls. I’ve loved writing from an early age, though my nonfiction writing at five years old consisted mainly of weather and gardening reports. I still have some of those early articles: “It’s sunny.” “It’s still sunny.” “It’s raining.” I’m glad to say my writing has improved since then. I wrote a guest post for the Silver Bay Public Library blog, and was the writer/editor of the newsletter for my American Heritage Girls troop. I have been writing for the North Shore Journal since June 2022. Besides writing, I love reading, drawing, photography, music, and spending time with family and friends. Two books that have really influenced my writing are Reforming Journalism by Marvin Olasky and Writer to Writer by Bodie and Brock Thoene. As a journalist, I want to share positive community interactions and inspire people to make lasting connections. Article topics that interest me are ones which show community activities and involvement. Such articles include community events, youth accomplishments, library programming, small businesses, local history, local artists and authors, art programs, and cultural events such as theater and dance. If you have an article idea, email the North Shore Journal with my name in the subject line! I look forward to hearing from you!
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