Youth Ministry News
Fall 2020: YOUTH UPDATE
The Mission of FPC Youth Ministry is to draw youth into a JOURNEY OF FAITH, prepare them for LIFELONG DISCIPLESHIP, and inspire them to carry the LOVE OF CHRIST to Athens and the world. Whether we are online for the full year or meeting socially distanced in small groups,what matters is that we stay connected to each other and to our God, learning new ways to strengthen our faith and make an impact on the world. This year, we will work together to live out this mission statement.
We will not hold regular Sunday School classes this year. Instead, each family has been provided with the Narrative Lectionary @Home family devotional. I encourage you to find time each Sunday to sit down as a family to learn more about the day’s scripture lesson, reflecting on how it connects to your life today.
Confirmation Sunday is now October 25! Because last year’s confirmation class was interrupted by quarantine, we will not be starting a new class this year. Instead, I am excited to get this great group of now 9th/10th graders back together to hear how their faith has been impacted by these uncertain times. Confirmands and mentors will meet virtually, using email and zoom during the month of October to continue the journey.
SUNDAY NIGHT YOUTH GROUP
One positive from this time at home was that we were able to continue with online youth group throughout the summer. From game nights to prayer services and 21 Day Challenges, Sunday nights with youth group were the highlight of the last five months for me. We will continue with this same format moving into Fall. Be sure to check our website (www.fpcathenspit.com) for details on each of the following gatherings:
MONTHLY THEME/COMBINED YOUTH GROUP
On the first Sunday of the month, we will meet together (6th-12th) for an introduction to the month’s theme. This may include games, service opportunities or possibly movie night. September: PEACE, October: JUSTICE, November: GRATITUDE, December: JOY.
MIDDLE SCHOOL YOUTH GROUP
Twice a month, middle school youth (6th-8th) will meet over zoom for a “lesson” followed by small groups using breakout rooms. Each week will be a little different, but all will include a time for checking in, games, activities and learning new spiritual practices. Feel free to invite your friends to join us for this fun time together!
HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH GROUPS
High schoolers (9th-12) will have an opportunity to meet 1/mo in person, socially distanced, outside and 1/mo on zoom. Youth must RSVP for in person meetings using our youth website. This fall we will focus on issues of social justice and how we can make a difference.
FAMILY GAME NIGHT
Game night was a huge success this summer, and we are excited to continue. From trivia to charades to scavenger hunts, anything is possible. The goal is fun and fellowship. See you there!
All youth updates are posted on our youth website: www.fpcathenspit.com. Please make sure you have filled out the new google form with contact information and parent permission. Sign up to receive texts through REMIND (@PITparent, @PITyouth) and follow @fpcathens_youth on INSTAGRAM.
Kim Ness, Director of Youth Ministries (email@example.com or 706-206-9579).