Eight of our high school youth and 3 adults, along with 1 youth and 1 adult from Krikridge Presbyterian Church in Grand Blanc, were in our group that participated in this year’s Alma Youth Mix. The theme was “The Startling Love of God” based on the Prodigal Son and Doubting Thomas. The keynote speaker, Rev. Amanda Drury from Indiana Wesleyan University, challenged us to look at the details in these stories to see how much God loves us and does not abandon us. Are we willing to embrace this love? What do we need to let go of to see God in our lives?
During the adult discussions, Amanda shared that the number one factor of faith formation in children and youth is their parents. If parents cannot articulate their faith, then children will have difficulty too. We were reminded that it’s important to talk about and practice what we believe in order to solidify our beliefs, AND we need to do this at home as well as church.
Along with great small group discussions, keynote, and games, we met new friends and enjoyed old ones. A big shout out to Tabatha Dolan and Olivia Kirkey (former members of our youth group) for their assistance in planning and facilitating this event! We look forward to next year!!!
Led by Vicky Graham and Cherri Maxwell, a couple of our 4th & 5th graders were available to assist our church’s table at the Fenton Expo last Sunday. Hosted by our New Member and Outreach Committee, they greeted people and shared information about our church. Thank you for your faithful witness!
“The God We Can Know: Exploring the I Am Sayings of Jesus” is led by Pastors Lindsey and Robbie from 11am – 12:30pm in the conference room.
March 7 “I Am the Bread of Life”: Knowing God’s Satisfaction
March 14 “I Am the Light of the World”: Knowing God’s Guidance
March 21 “I Am the Good Shepherd”: Knowing God’s Care
March 28 “I Am the True Vine”: Knowing God’s Power
April 4 “I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life”: Knowing God’s Way
April 11 “I Am the Resurrection and the Life”: Knowing God’s Possibilities
A new Lenten Sunday morning adult study titled “Lamb of God” is led by Rev. Jim Foster and meets at 10am in the conference room. This 5 week study includes:
March 5: Behold the Lamb of God and basic concepts of sacrifice (John 1:29) (atonement)
March 12: The Lamb of God Who Takes Our Place (Isaiah 53)
March 19: The Lamb of God Who Redeems Us from Slavery (1 Peter 1:18-19)
March 26: The Passover Lamb of Whom We Partake (Exodus 12)
April 2: The Triumphant Lamb We Worship (Revelation 5)
We are excited to host The Story Ballet in our sanctuary Saturday, April 15 at 2pm! Join us for this inspiring story of Christ performed by youth and young adults associated with Visions in Motion dance studio.
Our Jr. & Sr. High youth led both worship services for Youth Sunday, February 12. Senior Logan Kirkey delivered the sermon titled “God’s Love Never Ends.” From Colossians 3: 12-17, Logan explored God’s love being patience and forgiveness, and challenged us to spread the love of God to others through these acts.
Using the example of a guitar chord, when played correctly it has a beautiful resonance, but when altered, it doesn’t sound quite right. This shows how humans distort the love of God.
Youth painted negative words and images graffiti style on a backdrop, with a heart of lights over the words. This represented an electrical circuit that, when turned on, lit the heart of God. This light spread to lights all around the sanctuary, showing how God’s love spreads when we act according to his purpose.
Our youth write all parts of worship for Youth Sunday worship, including choosing hymns and songs. Thank you to Audrey MacLean for playing a beautiful piano piece for offertory and to all youth who helped lead the congregation in new songs. It was wonderful to hear the voices of the congregation singing these songs, and singing “Jesus Loves Me” a cappella was very moving.
Thank you again, youth, for your thoughtful and respectful approach to the meaning and experience of worship! Below is a picture of some of the youth who wrote and participated in service.
The Souper Bowl of Caring collection began as a simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat” is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world.
This prayer, delivered by Brad Smith, then a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, gave birth to an idea. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? Youth could collect donations at their schools and churches in soup pots, and then send every dollar DIRECTLY to a local charity of THEIR choice.
That was 1990. Since then, ordinary young people have generated an extraordinary more than $90 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country.
Yesterday our Youth Group collected $500.00 for the North End Soup Kitchen and 168 food items for the United Methodist Food Pantry. Thank you to our generous congregation for supporting God’s work beyond our church walls!
17 youth had a great time exchanging gifts, playing games, sharing Christmas favorites and prayer time during this year’s Christmas party. Pastor Robbie also led us and several adults who gathered on the front church entrance to sing Christmas carols to passersby. The picture below is a small representative. Merry Christmas everyone!
Our Children and Youth presented the true meaning of Christmas on Sunday, December 18 during the 11a.m. worship service. Below are a few pictures of the wonderful group of young people we have in our midst. Thank you to the congregation who supports their efforts, and to all parents for bringing the children to us!
Club 45 met in late November to make Advent Prayer chains. Prayers included family, friends, personal, church and community. This group for 4th and 5th graders meets once a month to strengthen fellowship and focuses on mission activities. Please see the calendar for futures dates.