A few weeks ago, we said goodbye to Pastor Dan and Lenae, as they moved to Idaho. It was sad to see them go.
ABC Youth has continued to meet, and I have had the privilege of filling in until we find someone else to come on staff as our Youth Pastor. I was excited for the opportunity because I have known so many of these kids since they were little. Plus, my own two teenage boys are part of the Youth Group!
Taking on the Youth Group is not an easy/small job and it is not something that I can do on my own because I still have my other areas of ministry that I am involved in. Luckily, several leaders have stepped forward to help. So, while the transition has been emotionally difficult because the kids will miss Pastor Dan and Lenae, I am so pleased to say that the programming part of the transition has been nearly seamless, thanks in great part to all of the help! Thank you ABC for your generosity in serving where needed!
We have had Life Group Sign-Ups over the last three weeks in Youth Group. It is not too late for the kids to sign up. Take a look at the Youth Life Group Brochure and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if your student would like to sign up! You will see in this brochure how many great leaders stepped in to lead a Life Group!
Over the last few weeks, we have been going through a series called “Follower.” Our students have been learning about what it really means to be a follower of Christ. So far, we have learned that in order to authentically follow Christ we are to LOVE God with all that we are, and LOVE others. We are also expected to GROW in our relationship with Christ and in our relationships with other believers. And, we are all called to SERVE. Jesus is our example, we are to FOLLOW Him. I would like to give a big “thank you” to Bruce Goss, who has been alternating teaching with me. He has been such a tremendous help! This week, Bruce will be teaching the final lesson in this series.
I would like to encourage you to ask your students about what they are learning in Youth Group. Here are a few questions you could use to get the discussion going:
- What do you think it means to LOVE God with all that you are? (check out these verses: Mark 12:30-31)
- How can you love your neighbor (friend, classmate, teachers) as yourself? (Mark 12:31)
- What are some practical things that you can do to GROW in your faith?
- What are some practical things that we can do as a family to grow in our faith?
- Do you feel called to SERVE somehow? If so, how?
I would also like to encourage you to consider serving as a family somehow. You can serve at the church or elsewhere in the community, but take the time to do it as a family. You will be blessed (John 13:17). Read John 13 as a family. This is a great passage in scripture that shows Jesus leading by example. Then come up with a serving plan together. I would love to hear what you come up with! Email me at email@example.com.