Here’s why youth ministry is important not just to our kids, but to the larger church community:
• It helps bring our youth into the larger, intergenerational community of the church.
• Helps the church stay relevant in the lives of our youth.
• Invites kids who aren’t part of the church into an accepting group where they can learn about God.
• It reminds church members that teens are co-creators in the church’s divine work.
• Teaches our kids the way of Jesus, which goes beyond tradition, dogma, and work.
• It offers a place to talk, laugh, retreat, ask questions, and be real with one another.

Have you noticed how some weeks you do better under the strain of the last 11 months, and sometimes you’re in a fuzzy space? It’s the same for our youth and adult leaders. At this week’s Youth Group meetings laughter abounded, and, man, it was GREAT to be silly! In the chat screenshot below you’ll find the answers to the question “Name amphibians or reptiles that begin with ‘M’.”

The devotional for this week offered by Mr. and Mrs. Nichols:
“Source of all gifts and talents, you know me by name and you know what I am capable of doing in this world through you. Help me to recognize the gifts you have bestowed upon me that I might in turn use them for your good purpose to make this place just a little bit better. Amen.”

If you’re in middle or high school and want to join the Youth Group Zoom meetings for middle school or high school, shoot Mrs. Patti an email. Here’s the schedule: Middle School — grades six through eight — meets Tuesdays from 7 – 7:45 p.m.; High School meets Wednesdays from 7 – 7:45 p.m. The YG’s adult leaders are Mrs. Patti, Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, Mike Olivor, and Joe Miramontes.

See you online!