The summer movie season begins in just 10 days. Our job as YL leaders is to lead our middle and high school friends into the adventure of following Christ. Part of that means helping them discover better ways to use their time than just settling for the big screen. But another part of our role is to meet them right where they are, and this summer they're likely to be at the movie theaters.
We can take advantage of this by planning well. Last summer I wrote in my calendar the opening nights of the blockbuster movies. A couple weeks before one I wanted to see came out, I started talking it up with kids. We went to see a couple midnight showings and they thought it was cool that their YL leader was willing to drive them around in the wee hours of the morning.
One night we met at a field around 10pm to play "Glow in the Dark Ultimate Frisbee" before the movie. Another night we hit up Waffle House after the film. Great bonding and memories.
I haven't seen any of these movies below and would highly recommend you checking out reviews on kids-in-mind.com before taking kids to see a movie you might regret. When in doubt, talk to your Area Director. Also, be sure to communicate well with parents, especially if you're keeping their kids out late at night. Don't just settle for 'my mom said it was cool.' Go ahead and make that phone call to a parent.
Below are the opening dates for some summer movies you might want to see with your middle/high school friends. You can view the trailer for each movie by clicking the movie title below.
May 1 - Avengers: Age of Ultron
May 15 - Pitch Perfect 2
May 22 - Tomorrowland
June 12th - Jurassic World
June 19th - Inside Out
July 10th - Minions
July 17th - Ant-Man
July 24th - Pixels and Pan
July 31st - Mission Impossible V
August 7th - The Fantastic Four
August 14th - The Man from UNCLE
What movies are missing from this list? Any 'movie contact work ideas' you can share? Shoot us an email.