Youth Ministry News
June & July Update
May 28-31: Vacation Bible School
We had 22 youth serve as Herd Helpers for VBS this year. From corralling small children to helping with arts and crafts to leading recreation, our middle and high school students did an outstanding job of sharing God’s Big Love with their younger church family members. And to celebrate, we offered Fun Friday – a time to Serve (thank you Northeast Georgia Food Bank), Swim, and Snack together!
June 9-15: Heifer Mission Trip
Perryville, Arkansas may not be the first place you think of for a mission trip, but that’s where ten youth travelled for a week of learning about global poverty. Heifer International has a working Ranch located an hour north of Little Rock. Here, we participated in hands-on service projects in their Garden, Maintenance, and Livestock Departments. We also spent a night in a simulated Global Village where we experienced what it might be like to live in Guatemala, Zambia, or a Refugee Camp. It was a challenging, yet inspiring week. We all returned home with a renewed commitment to fight against hunger and poverty both internationally and in our own backyard.
July 21-27: Montreat Youth Conference
Later this summer our high schoolers will head up to the North Carolina mountains for a week at Montreat. We stay at the Georgia Lodge with youth from Reid Memorial in Augusta and join with over 1000 teens from across the country for worship, fellowship, recreation and study. It is the highlight of my summer and this year made even more special because our own Maggie DeMaria is serving on the Planning Team. Over the last year Maggie has worked with a team of youth and adults to decide on a theme, to design meaningful worship services, to create recreation activities that bring people together and most importantly to pray for the 5000+ youth and adults who are impacted by MYC each summer. I could not be more proud of Maggie and the commitment she has shown to her faith. This year’s theme is “Let Love Lead” and I cannot wait to see where God is leading our incredible group of high schoolers.
SAVE THESE DATES
Kick Off Potluck Dinner and Parent/Youth Meeting
Confirmation Begins (open to 8th and 9th graders)
Kim Ness, Director of Youth Ministries