|Posted by Addison Quale on April 26, 2011 at 5:21 PM|
Dear Youth and Parents,
Thank God for spring! It is finally warm indeed. The most important objective of our Youth Ministry is really to connect the youth of this church and the community to Jesus Christ. He is, after all, the way, truth and life – the source of our salvation. In order to do this, we have been looking at numerous Bible passages over the course of the year. One passage we looked at recently is Jesus’ parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (found in Luke 18). It portrays two different approaches to God – one leading to a relationship with Him, and one leading away from Him. The Pharisee felt that he was already good enough to be accepted before God. He felt this way because he saw himself to be morally superior to those around him. The tax collector, however, knew he had fallen short in terms of God’s law. He understood himself to be a sinner. Jesus tells us in this parable the powerful news that it’s the repentant tax collector who went home accepted by God, and not the Pharisee. The lesson of course is that if we do not humble ourselves before and God and instead assume that we are good enough to be accepted by Him, we are mistaken. We need to, rather, confess our sins to Him and submit ourselves. And He will then accept us and exalt us – thanks to Jesus Christ paying the price of our sins on the cross! I encourage the youth and their families to take Jesus’ parable to heart. God is good. He loves us dearly. But in order to be accepted by Him, we need to turn to Him, acknowledge our failings, and put our faith in Jesus. It’s the aim of the Youth Ministry to be doing this. Come join us!
The past month has seen the return of good weather. This means the return of manhunt, of course, for the JV Youth group which meets on Wednesdays. We are having a great turnout and the kids are having a wonderful time. We recently went paintballing as well as did some community service via Project Hammer. The Varsity youth have been busy playing soccer on Wednesdays and meeting on Sundays. I’m so proud to see them growing in their faith in God. He is at work! Finally Guys’ Friday kids have been letting loose playing basketball and soccer once a month. There has developed a core group of kids that regularly come. This month we are looking forward to Youth Sunday where the youth lead Sunday worship!
If you would like your kids to get connected to the Youth Ministry, don’t hesitate to contact me. Remember: your children are a blessing to the other kids in the program when they participate.
May 6/May 20 – Guys’ and Girls’ Friday
May 15 – Youth Sunday
May 30 – Soccer BBQ in CT