Battling June Gloom

02 Jul

Planning events that take place outside gets tricky this time of year.

If you live in Southern California, or have spent much time here in the early summer, you know what we’re talking about when we say June Gloom.
Through most of the month, there is a fairly regular cloud cover that engulfs most of the southern coastal communities during the morning hours.  This cloud cover can lead to sudden drops in temperature to the low 60’s or high 50’s (our friends to the north will laugh at this… but that’s colder than we expect for May/June) and morning drizzle is not uncommon.

By most afternoons, this cloud cover has “burned off”… but that effect is not guaranteed.  We’ve spent mornings before June events praying that the gloom will dissipate, but making plans in the event that the rainy/cloudy weather hasn’t left us before our program or activity.

Recently, I’ve seen posts on Twitter from others in ministry who’ve had to run programs (large and small) outdoors in spite of poor weather conditions.  Some have had to cancel their event altogether, while others are blessed with a campus or location where they can move their event inside and not lose the original intent of their program.

But, it begs the question:
Do you have backup plans for your outdoor events in case the weather turns on you?

I’ve spoken with some leaders who refuse to plan outdoor events because they rely so heavily on good weather.  I’ve spoken to others who refuse to have a backup plan because they feel it shows a lack of faith in their prayers for good weather.
Are you in either of those camps?  Or do you have another way that you deal with planning events that takes weather into account?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section!


Posted by on July 2, 2009 in Kidmin, Los Angeles


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3 responses to “Battling June Gloom

  1. jonathancliff

    July 2, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Not gonna get any sympathy on weather from me Mr. SoCal!

    We do plan emergency backup, but we take into account that bad weather will affect our attendance #’s; so it makes it easier to plan for a backup indoors location.


  2. gina

    July 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    ditto Mr. Cliff.

    Surprises me to hear that a contingency plan would be necessary in southern california… but I’ll take you at your word. 🙂

    Faith is important when it comes to ministry. But wisdom is also a player on that team. Wisdom says a contingency plan is… well, wise.

    Many times weather will diminish your numbers so what you expect to see outside, can reduce inside by 1/2. Typically it pans out. I think the more important thing in circumstances like this… lead through with vision… there will come a time when you look back on this event and laugh b/c it didn’t turn out as you planned… another one of those funny memories. Lead them to know the event that just went janky is part of the ‘good old days’. sounds cheesy, but I promise… it can work.


  3. Anthony Prince

    July 2, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    I’m not saying we’ve ever had to actually USE our backup plans…

    You both bring up great points about expecting a drop in attendance because of wet weather – thanks for the wisdom on that!



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