The All Saints Youth Ministry thrives with sustained and consistent support not just from pastoral staff, but also from parents. To that end, there are many ways to volunteer in the youth ministry, and a place for you!
The summer (at least in youth group terms) is now over, and I am really looking forward to the start of the Fall semester.
Every Sunday, I'll be sending out an email to update you on the lesson to come--what we'll be doing, studying, etc., that particular week. My hope is that this accomplishes two things: 1) keeps you informed, and 2) gives you an opportunity to pray specifically for your kids and talk with your kids about the particular things they are learning.
Here's what you need to know:
1. Youth Large Group starts this Sunday night (August 20th). Middle schoolers meet at 6 PM, everyone eats together from 7:00-7:30 PM, and high schoolers meet from 7:30 PM- 8:30 PM.
Sunday nights, we'll be studying the book of Mark and asking, "What's good about the good news?" Mark starts quickly, with Jesus bursting on the scene and saying,
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mk. 1:15)
Most of us know that "gospel" means good news. It's this word we've grown up hearing. But we don't always stop to consider why the coming of Jesus was a good thing. So each week we'll be considering the goodness of Jesus: why Christians have always claimed that Jesus' coming to our earth was the turning point of world history, and why Jesus coming into our lives is the best thing that can happen to us.
2. Youth Sunday School also starts this week, at 9:30 AM in the conference room (at the front of the All Saints offices), for both Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers. I'll teach all the students together, and then they'll break up into smaller discussion groups with people their age.
Sunday mornings, we'll be learning how to pray the Psalms together. I'm calling the series "All the Feels". This is a popular phrase in our culture, used to describe situations in which emotions are running high. (Ex. "I have #allthefeels after watching Moana") But as many people throughout church history have noticed, the Psalter also contains "all the feels"; it contains every human emotion we could possibly experience. For students that experience so many ups and downs from the time they're 6th graders to 12th graders, there is no better place to go than the Psalms. And remember: the Psalms were meant to be sung together--so hopefully, these songs will help build community.
All for now. Thanks for the kindness you've shown my wife Emily and me these first few weeks, and peace to you / your families as school resumes.