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Easter Prom

Loganville-Grayson Patch columnist and pastor of The Orchard Church in Loganville shares his feelings about the recent Loganville High School Prom.

“Disrespected”

“Back Stabbed”

“Ignored”

All these words come to mind when I think about the recent Loganville High School Prom. Why? Did something happen? Was the music tawdry? Did I get kicked out? No, I don’t know, and no. In fact, I’ve heard just the opposite about the prom. It went really well, was a blast and the Fox Theatre was a great venue.

So why do such harsh words come to mind? The LHS prom was planned for the Saturday Night before Easter Sunday. What! When my son first told me that he wanted to attend I said yes without really thinking about the date. I was sure that it was just a random Saturday Night in spring. Boy was I wrong.

I admire teachers for the ways they master a subject, handle large classes, pull the best out of students and volunteer to lead clubs, teams, and dance parties like a Junior Senior Prom. I’m sure that Mr. Franklin and the administrative staff at LHS. are fine, well-intentioned folks who are as burdened with balancing family, finances, life, work and faith as any of us. Local schools and the teachers who lead them need to be supported by parents and others in the community daily. I have valued my partnerships with teachers over the years. Several have been heroes in the lives of my children. Don’t trash teachers, but do raise concerns when merited. Sometime, even the best of people need to be challenged because of bad decisions.

I’m not one to protest a lot of things or make a big stink about anything… and that’s not my point here. This is not an attack piece, but it is an opinion piece.  Sometimes we just need to say that we disagree with something so that those in charge will think twice in the future. In my opinion, the LHS 2011 Prom was planned on the wrong night. When I asked my son why the prom was on April 23rd he replied, “That’s the only night they could get a good place.”  Hmm…  What’s more important, a swanky place to hold a prom or honoring families, faith, and local churches by planning it on a weekend that is more suitable? I think that decision is pretty easy one, but the wrong decision was made in this case.  Holding prom on the night before Easter puts a large school event in direct competition with the biggest weekend of the year for local churches. I’m sure that was not the intent, but it was the reality. 

And I was saddened that several families were unable to participate in the Orchard’s annual Great Egg Hunt at Blue Spring’s Sports Ranch and missed Easter worship due to after parties that sometimes lasted until 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. Easter morning, I would also like to give big props to the students and families who showed up to Easter worship anyway… even if a little bleary eyed and pale from a lack of sleep after a long exciting day. Your commitment to God in a culture where he is often forgotten is admirable. Way to go!

Easter Eve… it’s the wrong night for Junior-Senior Prom.  What do you say?  I would love to know below. 

Just sayin’

 

 

 

SuperDaveMc May 01, 2011 at 11:27 AM
This is a perfect example of the messages that we hear each week at The Orchard by someone who walks the same path in life WITH us. So often, sermons and guidance come from those who are insulated from life outside of a Church campus. That is not the case at The Orchard.....come and join us!
Nealette Clarici May 01, 2011 at 03:12 PM
I completely agree with the comments by Pastor Ben Cathey regarding a poorly scheduled junior-senior prom. Easter is the day we celebrate the Risen Christ. Christmas is the day we celebrate the birth of Christ. Would an event such as a junior-senior prom be scheduled on Christmas Eve? I think not. Hopefully this circumstance will bring about an awareness in all of us to put Jesus first in all of our life decisions.
MamaKat Orr May 01, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Soooo true! It was impossible to get it all done. My oldest stepdaughter (28) had to step in to help to get tiff to her prom (at the fox, no less!). This was a very bad scheduling decision!
Tammy Osier May 01, 2011 at 10:11 PM
As my old pastor used to say, "those who come to church at the most inconvenient times are the ones that I know are truly dedicated with an understanding of the committment of worship". I agree. Our society has become so secular that it is expected, even of our schools. But at the same time, nice to be reminded that, when making decisions to include all of the community, is the best decision.
Robin Reynolds May 02, 2011 at 12:55 AM
In reply to SuperDaveMc, On many occasions Ben has been there for my family as well as myself. I agree 100% he does walk the path with us. Today was especially awsome at the Orchard. This Church really does know how to raise up some pretty outstanding young people. I wish I had had a chuch like this as a child.
MamaKat Orr May 02, 2011 at 01:24 AM
If this was Facebook, I'd click"LIKE!"
Jeffrey Allen May 02, 2011 at 02:29 AM
Prom and Easter is a lot to cram into one weekend. On a positive, "making lemonaide out of lemons" note, many teens attended Easter services wearing thier prom dresses and tuxedos. They looked tired, but committed to making service, and did so in a way that was kinda fun.
Grant May 03, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Ahhh so once again the government is supposed to make concessions to a certain religious group? Why would anyone expect that sort of special treatment? It's a pretty good bet that one religion or another has a "special day" just about every weekend of the year, what makes your special day more important than anyone elses' ? Maybe the kids that want to do Prom & church should make that personal sacrifice & get themselves home before 0300 instead of expecting the rest of the world to bend in deference to their personal religious traditions...
Lynne May 10, 2011 at 11:46 PM
I believe Prom on Easter weekend can be a very positive event. Let's open the doors of a local church for a party after the prom and let the young adults strut their stuff. The draw might surprise everyone and a sunrise service in formal attire would be lovely...
MamaKat Orr May 11, 2011 at 12:00 AM
THAT is a pretty freakin' AWESOME idea!!!!! :-)
Gail Lane May 12, 2011 at 01:29 PM
O.K. You asked ... Easter is a traditional celebration among Christians – One of our High Holy Days. I know folks who proudly admit that they go to church only on certain days of the year and Easter is the main one. I’m glad for them and seek them out especially on those days for a big hug in recognition and welcome. I’m saddened that they don’t enjoy the fellowship of a church family every Sunday … heck, every DAY … but I’m glad to share that special day with them. And while the Orchard isn’t my church home, I very much enjoy my visits there and am always drawn to Ben’s direction as well as his sincere and loving application of Scripture to daily life. That being said, it concerns me that the perception here is competition. For what? For the souls of these young men and women as they celebrate one of the parts of a once-in-a-lifetime passage into adulthood? For their attention? For their devotion? For their understanding of the gift of Grace through the Resurrection of Christ? For WHAT is the school competing with churches?
Gail Lane May 12, 2011 at 01:29 PM
Celebrate Grace every day. For Christians, Easter seems more of a marketing holiday than a true recognition of God’s love. I know it is a once-a-year shot to get the message of God’s love out to those who don’t normally attend, but are we even talking about these particular teens? Or are we talking about the regular attendees? I say we should send our children out into the world every single day – and that includes the prom - with best wishes, lots of love, and a remembrance of a God’s infinite patience and love … as well as a church family that loves them even if they indulge in a morning of sleeping in every once in a while. I love you, Ben, but disagree with you on this one! ☺
Dan Hughes May 15, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Grant, I think it is a small thing to ask seeing that we have grown to be a nation of tolerance for everyone's race, religion, and creed, by respecting a simple holiday. After all, it's not like this "special day" as you put it, just popped up, it's been around for a few years, even before this country was founded. This is the last Christian "special day" until Christmas season, so asking planners of events to respect the observance of this holiday isn't too much to ask. I'm sure there were kids that did both prom and Easter celebration, and my hats off to them! The rest of the world has bent around religious holidays for many many years. After all, I'm sure you, like many other Americans and countries around the U.S. have Christmas day off because of Christian religious traditions (another "special day"), or do you purposely go to work on the 25th of December in protest? It's all about respect, not putting government up against religion.
Grant May 16, 2011 at 02:05 PM
So Dan... What you are suggesting is that the school should check the religious calendar of every known religion to make sure that their extracurricular events dont fall on or near some religious holiday? Every religion is certainly due the same amount of respect , right? Looks like an April Prom would be impossible as virtually every world religion has some high celebration in Spring . May's holy schedule is pretty busy too. Looks like maybe July 1st is devoid of any known religious holiday...Maybe we'll pencil that one in for next year, send out a newsletter to all the various local churches ,synagogues, mosques etc and make sure they approve? Or maybe , we have the prom when we can score the venue and those with religious obligations on the following day do what they need to do to observe as they choose..

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