“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
This December, the youth group focused on Advent. We discussed the meaning of Advent, learned new (to us) ways to pray, and talked about the tradition of the Advent Wreath and Advent Calendar. We discussed what it feels like for us to wait for Christmas to arrive, and compared our stories to Mary’s. Sunday mornings have been a study of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth, along with the traditional lighting of the Advent Wreath and prayers.
Our Wednesdays were fun-filled celebrations of the beauty of this season, and we focused on bringing joy to others through music and gifts. We had a Christmas party with a gift exchange and Carol battle that was something else! We also filled the kitchen with elves to bake cookies that both the Children and Youth blessed some of our shut-ins with while they serenaded them with some Christmas favorites!
Special thanks needs to be extended to Betsy Norman, Sharon Wilson, and Jennifer Wilson for preparing a fantastic meal for the youth on December 13th! We would also like to recognize and thank United Supermarkets for their generous donation that provided the supplies for us to make and take cookies to our shut-ins!
Looking to the new year, if you feel God nudging you to help with the youth group in any capacity, please don’t hesitate to speak up! We need volunteers to provide meals for our growing group, help setting up and cleaning up the kitchen, sponsors for events, and mentors who would like to support youth getting involved with the different ministries of this church! The youth team is so grateful for the support of this church, and excited for what God has in store for all of us in 2018.
January Youth Calendar:
NEW WEDNESDAY YOUTH GROUP TIMES!
6-8th grades 5-7pm——- 9-12th grades 6-8pm
Dinner will be served to whole group at 6pm.
We will have a homework room available-rsvp only. See Erin for details.
Wednesday, January 3rd– New time! Topic: New year’s resolutions.
Sunday, January 7th – Sunday School 9 AM in the youth room
Wednesday, January 10th– Topic: 30 Hour Famine Introduction/service project
Wednesday, January 10th– Parent Meeting 6:30-7 PM (all parents welcome to join us for dinner at 6!)
Saturday, January 13th– All Youth Lock-in 8 PM!
Sunday, January 14th– Sunday School 9 AM in the youth room
Wednesday, January 17th– Activity: Prayer Stations (and Love and Care Street Feed)
Sunday, January 21st– Sunday School 9 AM in the youth room
Wednesday, January 24th– Topic: Hunger
Sunday, January 28th– Sunday School 9 AM in the youth room
Wednesday, January 31st– Youth Night Out- ALL YOUTH meet at church at 5!