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Youth Ministry News

Youth Update: April/May 2021

Last Spring when we were scrambling to find special ways to safely celebrate important events and mark milestones, I don’t think any of us imagined we’d be doing it again this year. This has been a hard year plus for all of us, especially for our young people. Sports seasons were cancelled. Virtual school. COVID scares and forced quarantine. Homecoming and Prom reimagined. Graduation ceremonies at limited capacity. After a year of only meeting over Zoom, we have added monthly in-person gatherings and are thinking outside the box for Youth Sunday, Graduation Sunday and our End of Year Celebration.

Youth Sunday/Graduation Sunday is April 25!
On February 9, 2020, fifty youth led us in worship with the theme Thank You for Being a Friend. Little did we know how much we’d rely on our friends, especially the friend we have in Jesus in the following months. Due to limited in-person capacity, we have decided to ask only our high school seniors to lead Youth Sunday this year. They will be sharing reflections on the final verses in Luke, the Ascension Story. How are you a witness to Jesus’ life and resurrection? We will close worship with a special blessing and gift for our graduating seniors. Show your love and support for our seniors by worshipping with us online on Sunday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m.

High School Class of 2021

1. AJ Carr
2. Ann Harper Covington
3. John Ferguson
4. Lucy Ferguson
5. Emily Gaskill
6. Knox Huff
7. Henry Logan
8. Katie Sue Martin-Williams
9. Evelyn Moser
10. Katie Norris
11. Luke Osborne
12. Madison Smith
13. James Williams

End of Year Celebration is May 2!
One of the highlights of this last year has been the monthly family game nights we’ve hosted over zoom. It’s only fitting that our final family game night of this crazy year should be equally insane! So, I’ve taken inspiration from this morning’s Scottish Reformation Sunday! Youth families are invited to participate in a Highland Games Amazing Race-type competition. All events will be socially distanced and outside as able and led by our awesome FPC staff. We’ll end with an awards show and picnic dinner. I wonder which family will take home the win and this Scottish gnome?

COMMUNICATION

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 (kness@firstpresathens.org or 706-206-9579).