Getting started is oftentimes the hardest part of a journey. Making the commitment to take that first step requires courage, faith, and risk. In our everchanging world, when it feels like everything is at our fingertips, it seems to be harder and harder to summon the strength to take that first step forward. I remain convinced, more than ever, that young people are the church’s greatest treasure. They have more choices and options these days, and church activities are now included on a growing list of priorities for youth who want to do well in school classes, excel in extracurriculars, and get scholarships to top colleges…actually, I interact with students who want to do more than just “well,” they want straight A’s, and anything short of this perfection is utter failure. This is why I believe youth ministry is more than just an activity on young people’s priority list, I believe it is the greatest and most important choice young people face at this exact time in their lives. Becoming a disciple of Jesus and learning what it means to follow him and learn from his teachings is hard work…but it’s also something that is within us, waiting to pour out of us. Becoming a disciple is the calling our passionate young people long to hear, whether they know it or not, and what a joy it is to serve a congregation that has been historically and generously committed to nurturing our young disciples!
This Sunday, September 8, our youth ministry team is excited to kick off our weekly schedule of Youth Group activities! This includes Sunday morning Youth Church School Classes for all middle and high school youth, Sunday afternoon Youth Group meetings with Youth Dinner, and Wednesday night Bible Study for our high school group. See below, where I’ve pasted our entire schedule with times and locations (all of which is truly a team effort with numerous devoted volunteer teachers and sponsors who are so very faithful and committed to our youth!). In addition to this, we have a wonderful Youth Music Program that will begin its weekly rehearsals later this month, which includes vocal and bell choirs.
As hard as it is to get started, I hope you will help me encourage our congregation’s youth to get connected this Sunday! I’m a firm believer that the more you put into something, the more you will get out of it…so, I hope our youth will not settle to give something small to God, I hope they will give God their all! How can you help? Well, forward this email or print it off for a neighbor, and please invite any and all of our youth to come participate – our Youth Group motto is simple and something we take seriously: Everyone’s Welcome, Nobody’s Perfect, Anything’s Possible.
My message for our youth and families (everyone, really) is simple: Don’t wait, because you’ll end up waiting forever. Start. Now. As Will Rogers once said, “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” Don’t wait for all the problems to get solved before you commit, work to embrace a growth mindset, change your language from “I have to” to “I choose to,” and if you’re still struggling -- then get a friend to help you start (encouragement is a powerful tool). Take the leap, get started, and enjoy the ride – trusting Jesus to lead the way.
Hope to see you Sunday!
Keep on keeping on,
P.S. Here’s the list of our weekly Youth Group activities for all youth in middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12):
Sunday Morning Youth Church School:
10—10:45 a.m. Middle School Class* (Room 109)
10—10:45 a.m. High School Class (Youth Center)
*Starting in January 2020: 8th Grade Confirmation Class (Room 105)
Sunday Night Youth Group: Youth Center & Gym
4:30—5:30 p.m. Middle School Youth Group (High School Study Hall in Atrium)
5:30—6 p.m. Dinner for All Youth
6—7 p.m. High School Youth Group
Wednesday Night High School Bible Study:
7:30—8:30 p.m. (Meets off campus in a member’s home, and we’re studying Paul’s letter to the Philippians this Fall)
As always, contact me anytime in the church office with questions or concerns. If interested in learning more about our Youth Music Program, contact Laura Collins (Vocal Choir) or Becca Sawyer (Bell Choir) in the church office.