17 youth and 5 adults from 5 churches in Lake Huron Presbytery traveled to Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN for the high school Triennium conference. 5000 youth gathered immersing themselves in the theme Go: Go and See; Go and Do Likewise; The Way I should Go; Let My People Go; and The Great Commission from Matthew 28:6-20. We were challenged to look deeply into ourselves to shed the things that hold us back from being true people of God. We left with a better understanding of loving and seeking God in all people. In this way we participate in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
Youth group enjoyed the day kayaking last week on the Huron River in Ann Arbor. This is one of our favorite spots to kayak with the cascades! Check out all of our fun activities on the event calendar, or join us for discussion on most Sunday evenings during the school year!
Four youth went shopping to purchase school supplies and clothes for our Deacon’s Back-to-School project. They choose five children to shop for with money donated by some of our church members. These youth were very good stewards of the money they were allotted, and bought fashionable and quality items. The youth also wrote personal letters to each child letting them know they are loved and wishing them a successful school year. Youth group looks forward to helping with this project again next year!
During 4th of July week, six youth were in town to join in fellowship and discussion during a youth lunch event. We fed the ducks, lounged in the park and discussed the song “We Believe” by the Newsboys. Talk surrounded what we believe at different times in our lives versus what our core beliefs are. How do we experience and live out our Godview when it is so easy to buy into the worldview? Good food for thought!
College students were invited to take part in this first young adult gathering. Three of us were available to camp at Port Crescent State Park and kayak from Port Austin to Turnip Rock. The wind was a bit challenging and the weather slightly cold and damp, but we made the 7 mile round trip journey to see one of nature’s beautiful and little known creations. Experiencing waves on Lake Huron, hearing and seeing God’s majesty, and eating lunch on a beach, we were the first ones out that day and were uninterrupted by other travelers. We also enjoyed our fellowship, hobo dinners and a few competitive card games.
The Massanetta Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs, VA., never fails to inspire and equip young disciples. This year nine youth and three adults attended with this year’s theme of Gone Fishin’, exploring Luke 5: 1-11, the moment where Jesus calls his first disciples…
On an ordinary day several fisherman had an extraordinary encounter. What looked like a lousy night of fishing turned into an abundant catch. Simon and his friends would never be the same. Jesus asked them to drop everything to follow Him. He promised they would do more than catch fish. Jesus promises us a life of “catching people.” What does this mean exactly???
We examined our ordinary places and thought about what happens when Jesus meets us in the middle of our ordinary, everyday life. We were also challenged to think about we need to leave behind to follow Jesus and what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
A big THANK YOU to Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church in Grottos, VA., for providing a place to sleep Monday night before the conference and for an outstanding homemade breakfast! True southern hospitality at its best!!!
Below is a group picture on their front steps, and a video of our favorite energizer at Massanetta made by Pastor Cliff Haddox!
Attention High School & College Graduates: Please contact the church office to let us know who is graduating this year.
Also, the Christian Education Committee invites all graduates & their families to the recognition breakfast on Sunday, June 5 at 8:30AM. Wear your cap & gown and share your future plans during 10AM worship. Please RSVP to the office by May 29.
On Friday. March 25, a youth lock-in was held to prepare for our annual youth group sponsored Easter Egg Hunt. We filled plastic eggs with candy donated by members of our congregation, decorated cupcakes to look like Easter baskets, hung Easter art work, started a puzzle of our church for the capital campaign, watched a movie and played Alien! The following morning children age 2 – 5th grade, along with their parents and grandparents, joined in the fun. The Easter story was told using the Resurrection Eggs and then the hunt began! For more information on youth events, contact Tina Ritchie in the church office 🙂
Our youth are truly spirit filled and disciples of Christ. Here is an excerpt from the 9am worship service on February 21, 2016 Youth Sunday where 5 youth interpreted scripture while senior Emily Kinser read the passage. Emily also gave this year’s sermon. All parts of worship were written and delivered by youth at both the 9 & 11am worship services; the theme was “Bread of Life.” And who do you say is the Son of Man?
Since January, our youth group has been very busy planning and participating in 5th Sunday worship (January 31), planning our upcoming Youth Sunday worship service (February 21), participating in congregation game night and the annual ski trip, and collecting for the Souper Bowl of Caring to benefit the North End Soup Kitchen and Linden Presbyterian FISH food pantry. Below is a group picture from cards, crafts and cookies night where our creations went to care receivers from our church. What a terrific bunch!