I’ve used this Fridea before (3 years ago), but it’s a favorite. And since it looks like today’s going to be an ice day around here, I felt it was high time to repeat.

Has your campus ministry developed a “Snow Day Capitalization Plan”? (I wanted something fancier than “Snow Day Plan” and something less awkward than “Snow Day Exploitation Plan,” but you can call it whatever you want.)

If your school ever experiences inclement weather days (or other unplanned class cancellations), I bet there are indeed plenty of ways to capitalize on the opportunity that arises. Think about the semi-chaotic canvas that presents itself:

  • There are students in your ministry who by definition don’t have other plans
  • You’ve got students all across campus who might be a little bored
  • Quasi-confinement to the campus grounds and buildings
  • A general feeling of campus “community”
  • A generally excited attitude
  • Real needs by the school itself (everything from increasing safety to reporting on schedule changes to keeping students happy)
  • Real needs from students
  • Killer opportunities simply to have a blast
  • Perhaps the best of all possible days for ministry via conversations and “presence” on campus

So what do you do? It will take the locality of your unique situation to really get the brainstorming going. What if you put a team of students on this task, praying and thinking through some awesome, purposeful ways to use the next surprise “open” day? (I’d talk to the administration, too – you never know what real needs they might have on days like this.)

*Bonus: Think about off-campus, too, especially if you’re thinking about service opportunities. Weather days on campus mean difficulties elsewhere, too.

Whether via service, community, or some of both, I bet your school’s Snow Days could turn out to be some of the best memories of your campus ministry.

The picture: I’ve never seen larger snowflakes than I did at Gonzaga University… one April…

[Everybody has a second snow day today, which is even rarer.]