Youth Ministry News
Writing this update at Montreat overlooking Lake Susan could not be a better place to reflect on our plans for the youth program this year. Feelings of hope and renewal and peace inevitably come to all who cross through the Montreat gate. I want to carry these feelings back to Athens, and so am borrowing this year’s Youth Conference theme, “A Missing Peace,” for our youth program as well. It is written, “blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Matthew 5:9
There are some exciting things happening in the youth program this year! On Sunday mornings, we will have three different Sunday School classes, and will meet all together once a month for a time of fellowship and service.
MIDDLE SCHOOL – re:form
Lounging on bean bags, our MS class will use the re:form curriculum – creative, funny, animated videos and group activities, to engage in tough faith questions. For example, “Is the Holy Spirit a person or wind or fire or what?” This will be an active, constantly-changing class for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
CONFIRMATION – CnC (Confirm not Conform)
Confirmation is open to all 9th graders and older who have not yet been confirmed. This will be a yearlong class during the Sunday School hour. An informational meeting for both parents and youth will be held on Sunday, August 13, at 5:00 p.m. Also, save the date for our confirmation retreat August 25-27. Please email me here to “confirm” your participation!
HIGH SCHOOL – d365 and Children’s Church Leadership
The demands of high school often feel overwhelming, but finding just a few minutes each day to connect to God can help lighten the load. D365.org is an app that sends daily devotions to your phone encouraging you to pause-listen-think-pray-go on a different verse from scripture. On Sundays, we’ll look back to see how these devotions impacted our week, and dig a little deeper into the scripture. Once a month, we will work with Ms. Natalie to help plan and lead the Children’s Church program during the 11:00 a.m. worship service.
SUNDAY NIGHTS – Youth group will split into Middle School and High School, with each meeting at their own time, but sharing a meal together. We will join together once a month for big events including the 30 Hour Famine, Ski Trip, Youth Sunday, and service opportunities. More information about our Sunday night youth program, retreats, and summer 2018 will be provided at our kickoff potluck pool party on Sunday, August 20 at 5:30 p.m. at The Hill.
For more information on the youth ministries of FPC Athens, please email me here
Kim Ness, Director of Youth Ministries
*NEW* Sunday Night Schedule:
5:00-5:30 Celebration Singers
5:30-6:30 Middle School youth group
5:30-6:30 *study hall set up for HS choir members
6:30-7:00 Combined MS/HS dinner
7:00-8:30 High School youth group