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September Update

At Montreat, our youth learned about an African philosophy called ubuntu. It means humanity, however is often translated as “I am because we are.” It speaks to our interconnectedness, that we cannot survive in isolation. Desmond Tutu described, “My humanity is inextricably bound up in yours. We belong in a bundle of life.” I love this image – a bundle of life. Just as we know without a doubt that we are inextricably bound up in our God, we are also bound to each other. This year in youth group, I want to explore this concept further, as we tell our stories and find the many ways that they unsurprisingly overlap, intertwine, and parallel each other. I want us to remember how much more we have in common with each other than differ. And I want us to experience ubuntu when we gather on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights as one big bundle of life. Join us!

Sunday School (9:45-10:40 in The PIT), Building Our Community
A 3-week series for 6th-12th grades led by Robbie Bryan

Confirmation Class, Big God Big Questions
Confirmation is open to 9th grade youth and older youth who have not yet been confirmed. All interested youth and their parents are asked to attend an informational meeting on September 9 at 9:45 a.m. in the Breakout Room of Fellowship Hall to hear about this year’s confirmation class. At the close of the meeting, we will move to the Parlor for a special telling of the Godly Play Baptism Story. Please RSVP to me at kness@firstpresathens.org.

Youth Group, This Is Our Story
During middle school (4:30-5:30 p.m.) and high school youth group (6:15-8:00 p.m.), we will focus on stories. From the ancient stories in the Bible to fantasy stories in movies to the real life stories we hear about on the news, we’ll look and listen for the many ways that God is calling us to tell His Story. From whitewater rafting to Frozen Chosen to serving at the food bank together, we’ll feel the impact of others’ stories on our own. My story, Your story, Our story – “this is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long!”

Kim Ness, Director of Youth Ministries


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