My instant messenger pops up from my friend Amanda, a children’s minister in Jackson, Mississippi.
Amanda: Hey, I want to bring my 6th graders who are about to move into the youth group to a youth rally in Memphis. Do you know of any going on in April?
I consult the great oracle known as Google, come up short and the brainstorming begins.
Hey! We could host you guys. Yeah, that would be great. It could be fun for our sixth graders, too. Yeah and then they’ll be together when they come to work camp. They’ll know someone besides their own group. We should start out with some really great worship. Perfect, we have the illustrious Steve Maxwell. We could show them Caritas and what living out a servant heart looks like. Great - then we could go to the college house and encourage them to make connections and community, as they grow older.
And so it evolved into a great day with the Meadowbrook Youth Group and WSYG. The exciting and encouraging part was that we had around 45 kids and 5 parents to be a part of this day of bringing our 6th graders along side of us and showing them our love for the city of Memphis. Our students showed up early to give Meadowbrook a superstar welcome as they pulled in the driveway and greeted them by introducing themselves as the kids unloaded. We traveled to Caritas where Meadowbrook donated art supplies they had collected for the children in the neighborhood to use this summer. We headed to University of Memphis campus house where we ate lunch and hung out playing full contact foursquare and a pool table game called Spud.
Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” We want our sixth graders to know from day one that WSYG is about serving others and a Day in the City gave us the opportunity to impress on them that He’s the God of this city and our youth group. Our friends from Meadowbrook were grateful for the welcome and the way our kids extended themselves. We appreciate all of those who helped make this a day to remember.
May 1 - Honduras Participants - Mission Recap
May 8 - Jonathan Woodall – Speaking on how to stay faithful through college
May 15 - Upper Room is in charge of Sanctuary
May 22 - Worship Night
May 29 - Intern Introduction
We have several mission fundraisers coming up...
Donate your unwanted items so that they can be sold at a yard sale to be held on Saturday, May 4, at the Elkins home at 6061 Macinness. Contact Terrie Elkins (409-1663 or email@example.com) to schedule drop-off or pick-up of items.
MOTHER’S NIGHT OUT
In honor of Mother’s Day, treat mom to a few child-free hours! Bring your children to the Community Life Center on Saturday, May 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. This is for children 2 to 12 years of age. Dinner, snacks and activities will be provided. Suggested donation amounts are $20 for one child and $30 for two or more. Children must be pre-registered by May 10.
If you don’t personally need the services of a babysitter but would be willing to sponsor a young family or single mom by paying for their childcare, this would be a great blessing. We can arrange for this to be done anonymously.
Contact Terrie Elkins (409-1663 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to register your child or sponsor someone.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MEALS
Our last two Wednesday night meals of the school year will benefit youth missions. Proceeds from the meals on May 22 & 29 will go to the mission fund. Menus are still being determined, but grilled burgers will be a part of the plan for sure! Even if you don’t normally attend Wednesday night meals, please plan to on these two dates and help our youth raise the cost of their trips.
From Sunday's Server...
This time of year for WSYG is always really, REALLY busy. Our students are trying to finish the year strong, while we are trying to get the summer activities planned. Probably the busiest of the bunch are the seniors and their parents. With Graduation in just a few weeks, along with finishing all of their school requirements and finishing up spring sports, they’re are also making final preparations for what they are going to do after they’ve finished high school.
The class of 2013 has been an extraordinary class. They have achieved academic success. They have been leaders in their school and in the youth group. Many of them have been dedicated to serving the city of Memphis. Several in the class have been on mission trips to Miami, Rhode Island, Ghana and Honduras (just to name a few). They have been the kind of leaders that have represented their church and their families extremely well. But they are not just leaders in their school and their youth group.
1 Timothy 4:12 says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” This passage not only gives young people permission to be leaders in their youth group, but also in the church as a whole. I think about those words of Paul to a young Timothy when I think about this class. They have been leaders in the church. They have set an example in many things. Please be praying for these students and their families as they finish their high school careers strong. And please plan to attend a service to honor them on May 5th at 5:00 pm in the auditorium. It will be a way to say thank you to these young leaders.
From the youth minister
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