Great job to everyone on a meaningful Youth Sunday! 18 middle and high school youth wrote and/or participated in this year’s Youth Sunday worship service on February 25. High school senior, Kara Kinser, delivered a sincere and relevant sermon on being “Renewed in the Spirit.” The service included dressing the communion table at the start of worship, a modern dance interpretation of the scripture passage of Ephesians 4:17-5:8 to put off the old self and be clothed in the new self, a call to the cross to turn over our burdens during morning prayers, and concluded by singing Amazing Grace a cappella. The faith and talent of our young people are precious gifts to the life of our church, community, and world, and we are blessed to be led by them.
13 youth participated in various service projects on Saturday, November 18. We had hoped to help clear brush at a congregant’s home, but the weather did not cooperate. Instead, we cleaned classrooms at church! Below are the projects we accomplished:
- Youth served alongside adults at the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, sorting vegetables, dairy products including eggs, and breads and sweets. The 3 boys did a fantastic job of bringing out pallets of food, removing them after being sorted, wrapping, weighing and marking each pallet, and then returning the pallet to the storage area. The girls and adults sorted and re-boxed all the items. With all hands on deck, we finished early and had a lot of fun!
- Youth cleaned and organized all toys in the nursery and preschool rooms. This included dunking smaller toys in bleach water, wiping down all bigger toys and furniture, cleaning out all storage bins, and cleaning the floor mat under the loft unit in the preschool room. They also began sorting craft items in the art room.
- Youth packaged 107 bags of feminine products for the Faith & Femininity mission. Each bag consisted of 14 tampons, 14 pads, 7 pantyliners, symptoms of toxic shock, and a scripture verse. We have placed another order for feminine products with the $450 still on hand, and will be having another packing night sometime in December. The bags are being delivered to Carriage Town Ministries.
Our annual Triple C night (cookies, cards & crafts) for our Deacon’s care receivers is a favorite tradition. We had a wonderful time on December 3 decorating 12 dozen cookies, making pine cone reindeer ornaments, and signing cards. Way to go youth! A big THANK YOU to Jenny Gibb and Tyler Bard for assisting!
8 youth and 3 adults had a great time camping at McGinnis Lake in Holly. We enjoyed beautiful weather, thoughtful discussions, great food, and lots of swimming. We even got to play for 3 hours on Jump Island! Thank you to Jenny Gibb and Jennifer MacLean for chaperoning and to Greg MacLean for manning the fire on Saturday for our hobo dinners. This was a wonderful way to end the summer and to prepare for fall youth group. The picture is the group getting ready to head out to Jump Island.
Five young ladies from youth group were assisted by Pastor Robbie, Tina Ritchie, Bobby Clark and Jenny Gibb in leading worship on Sunday, August 6. The theme was “All Together Now” from the Massanetta Middle School Conference based on Galatians 3:28-29. To open worship, they dressed the communion table, then invited everyone into worship by singing a cappella “Spirit, Fall On Us.” Youth in middle school shared what they learned at the Massanetta Conference and youth in high school shared experiences and lessons from the Feet-to-Faith mission trip in Ohio. With a depth beyond their ages, they talked about what it means to be together and yet not the same, loving everyone as Christ loves us.
After worship the girls also went shopping to purchase clothes for our Deacon’s Back-to-School project. They shopped for five children with money donated by church members. This is the second year members of youth group have had the opportunity to shop for this project, learning how to be good stewards of money while purchasing fashionable and quality items for children in the Fenton area.
Below are pictures of 4 of the girls who participated showing the posters used in worship (the backsides say “Jew, Greek, slave, free, male, female), and the girls after our shopping trip to Target.
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!
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!