Jr. and Sr. High youth often assist as shepherds to younger children in our Carpenter’s Corner program. This past rotation we have been learning about David, who as a young boy was chosen by God and secretly anointed king by Samuel. The children did activities focusing on David’s strength of faith and courage in defeating the giant Goliath. Even though he was both young and small, in his heart he knew God was with him.
In the games classroom last Sunday, Ms. Sherry talked about bullying with the children and the character it takes to stand up to a bully. The picture below is a result of that discussion, made possible by Jr. High youth who assisted. It was done on the white board located by our main entrance and is a great message for all! Way to disciple!
Women of all ages are welcome to participate in the 8 week study James: Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore.
Monday evenings from 6:30-8pm April 13-June 8 (no class Memorial Day) Wednesday mornings from 10- 11:30am April 15 – June 1
In this 8 week study Beth takes us on a journey to get to know both the man and the Book of James. “James, Jesus’ own brother, started out as a skeptic. See how one glimpse of the resurrected Savior turned an unbeliever into a disciple, and in the process, learn how you can put your own faith into action. You will never be the same again!” See Tina Ritchie for more information.
This year’s theme was “Share Your Faith Story,” with keynote speaker Pastor Andrew Pomerville from The People’s Church in East Lansing. Who doesn’t love the youth mix? Good friends, small groups, games, food, energizers and worship! This is an annual event for 9-12 graders from around Michigan. The picture below is our group with other friends outside the cafeteria. God is good!
Our Jr. & Sr. High youth led both worship services for Youth Sunday, February 15, on the transfiguration of Jesus. Senior Olivia Kirkey did an excellent job delivering the sermon titled “The Good, the Bad, and the In-Between,” after a re-enactment of Mark 9:2-9. The message explored how the transfiguration was one way Jesus revealed his divinity to the disciples, and the crucifixion was his final act of revelation. The question was posed, “How will you allow Jesus to reveal himself to you?”
Thank you to Cindy Crawford, Sheila Tabone, Colin & John Hodgkin, and the Lamplights Children’s Choir and the Illuminate Praise Choir for beautifully leading us in music and song! I heard it said that the service was “very worshipful,” “inspirational,” “moving,” and “very well done.”
It is tradition that youth write all parts of worship for this service. Thank you, youth, for your thoughtful and respectful approach to the meaning and experience of worship! Below is a picture of those who wrote and participated in service – regretfully the choirs and musicians are not pictured.
On Saturday, January 10, 14 youth and 4 adults gathered to plan the Youth Sunday worship service which will take place on Sunday, February 15 during both worship services. We listed order of worship and heard the Bible readings for the service, which somehow went off topic and led into a deep discussion on Noah and understanding how to read and interpret Bible stories. The point of it all was that no matter how righteous or sinful we are, God is constantly trying to stay in relationship with us and that Jesus is always trying to reveal himself to us – we are the ones who stray and God chases after us, loving us through everything we do! Curious about the theme? Come to worship on 2/15!
We also had fun playing games like Look Up Look Down, Human Etch-a-Sketch, a game on Transfiguration, and of course Alien 🙂 Tina shared her talents of screamo Christian rock and Gargle that Tune! Everyone fell asleep around 3am after watching Finding Nemo. Breakfast was served at 8:15 and then we went to worship or confirmation class. Ready for another lock-in??? I am 🙂
About 30 of us joined in fellowship and went Christmas caroling to our downtown neighbors on Sunday, December 21. With 4 teams, we covered about 15 blocks in a little more than an hour and handed out 83 invitations to our Christmas Eve services, along with a brochure on our children and youth programs. Warm sentiment was shared as we brightened many people’s day, spreading God’s love and joy throughout our town! We all had a great time, and enjoyed hot chocolate and donuts after the fun 🙂 Merry Christmas to all!
November 16th’s 5th Sunday service was led by and filled with the Holy Spirit – someone commented that it was “very worshipful”! Emily Kinser gave a great sermon, stirred quite a few hearts, and challenged folks to get out of their comfort zones- throw off their cozy blankets- and live a life with God! Below is a picture of some of the children and youth in choir and youth group practicing sign language for the anthem “As It Is In Heaven” by Michael W. Smith. A huge THANK YOU to Erin Bradley for teaching us all sign language, to the band – Colin & John Hodgkin – piano & keyboards, Julie Hussar – harp, Logan Kirkey – bass guitar, and Andrew Donar – drums, and to all of the children, youth and adults that participated. Praise God!
The “Christmas” rotation runs November 23 – December 21. Our focus this year is on the wise men and the kingship of Jesus. The wise men followed the star and traveled to worship Jesus. Despite the bad intentions of King Herod, the message of God revealed to them to glorify the spirit of the newborn King. They brought gifts fit for a king, instead of the ill will of Herod. What gifts can you give back to God and to others by being like Jesus?
The memory verse is: Matthew 2:1-2 Wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed a star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
While open to all ages, young to middle adults are encouraged to participate in this study on Wednesdays, November 5 – December 17, from 6:30-7:30pm.
The 1st of three 7 week segments is entitled Invitation to Journey and explores “An Invitation to Journey,” “Taking the Bible Seriously,” “Thinking Theologically,” “Stories of Creation,” “Lives of Jesus,” “A Passion for Christ: Paul,” and “Out Into the World: Challenges Facing Progressive Christians.”
This segment will be led by Reverend Max Hayden and meets in Fellowship Hall.
A $10 donation per person per segment helps offset curriculum costs.