By Doug Shuey, Interim Director of Youth MinistryYouth Impact is our church’s ministry to students from 6th grade through high school. It is our goal to help equip our youth to be able to make an impact for Christ in their schools, their community, and the world. We meet for Sunday School every Sunday after the worship service during the adult education hour.
Our focus for the coming year is three-fold:
1) Build our group – We are in the unique situation of having Jr. High and Sr. High students grouped together. It is our goal to have a cohesive group where the younger and older students are able to work together to build each other up. We will be planning fellowship times and group building activities to help us become a more cohesive group.
2) Build our foundation – Our teaching times this year will be going back to the basics. Our cornerstone is Jesus, but the foundation of our lives comes from a solid knowledge and belief in the scripture. We started the school year looking at the 10 Commandments, then we will continue on with the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, and then other core basics that our students need to know to live godly lives.
3) Build our community – As a downtown church, we are in the amazing situation of having a lot of service organizations to partner with. Our youth will be partnering with some of these organizations this coming year to perform acts of service for them. James tells us that faith without works is a death faith, so we are helping our youth find ways to act out their faith through serving others. We are also teaching the students to support others with monetary donations through our weekly offering, which goes to our two Compassion International students.
I ask that you please pray for our youth this coming year. I truly believe that God uses this ministry to make an impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.