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9:00am - 10:00am Sunday School
10:00am - 10:30am Fellowship 
10:30am - 11:30am Worship

Nursery provided

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Our Sunday school for  Children & Adults  starts at 9:00 am with excellent teachers who are well prepared and who engage participants. We seek to understand God's message in Scripture for how we are to live the Christian life.
"Just like the owl spreads his wings; 
We can spread God's word!"

  
  

  
Past Events:
Meal with Jesus:
The youth got to try different “bland” foods that Jesus would have eaten.
The lamb and fish the youth were hesitate to try.
The face of Eden was priceless as the lamb touched her tongue.
Overall we all had a wonderful time, talking and trying new foods!
Bowling:
The youth enjoyed bowling and have asked to do it again!
Some adults (no names needed) asked for bumper guards before the youth did!
We had pizza, soda, laughs, and encouragement for each other!
Overall we all had a great time, with the Adults winning!

Upcoming Events:
Remember we will be having Safe Sanctuary on June 16th to prepare us for Vacation Bible School on June 23rd – 26th; we will be taking a trip to Athens.  With us moving it back to our church, we will need volunteers to help! If you want to help let Mahaley or Doug know…. Thanks!

Words from the Youth Director:
As I look at our youth I start to think, “How can we get youth to come and stay?”
Young people of today are always searching, they enjoy different environments and activities, and they get bored and confused all the time. Why? Because they are trying to find themselves. Who am I? What am I here for? Are some of the questions they ask themselves.
Our job as adults is to keep them excited and on their toes, but most importantly help them feel wanted, important, and safe.
I can sum it up with 3 senses the youth are always searching for:
A sense of belonging
A sense of meaning
A sense of opportunity
What does this mean to us?
A sense of belonging:
Do the youth have a space that is truly theirs? (just for the youth)
Do first time guest feel welcomed by other youth and adults?
Do we have a healthy balance of open door/closed door? (We need to be opened enough for them to enter, but closed enough so they want to stay).
Does each youth have an active mentor that regularly checks on them?
Do the youth have a great relationship with the congregation?
Is the church welcoming and supportive to their ideas and likes? (Upbeat music, trips, celebrations, experiments, etc.)

A sense of meaning:
Are the youth exposed to adults’ faith journeys?
Are the lessons encouraging for today’s youth?
Is there a person the youth can talk to if they are having faith issues?
Are there rituals or traditions in the church that give a sense of history and meaning?

A sense of opportunities:
Does each youth know what their gift or talent is?
If so, how many are able to use them in the church?
Does your church have a class to help develop youth leadership?

As you look this, are you helping to get youth here to stay?
We can’t just hand them m&m’s and expect them to stay. The youth of today are different they have problems and know much more than we did as teens. M&M’s might have worked for us, but most of today’s youth need direction, love, support, understanding, and a safe place where they are not judged.
Be prepared for youth who are questioning their sexuality, have different wacky hair styles and colors, piercings in different places, and maybe a tattoo or two. Like I mentioned earlier, today’s youth are confused, and get bored easily. We don’t need to look at the outside of their bodies and judge; our focus should be the heart and what is really going on with this child! They are lost and need guidance. Maybe their parents are wacky, crazy, transgender, or lost. Maybe they get bullied at school if they don’t look a certain way.
We need to see them as Jesus would… Lost and in need of help and direction to the right path. You never know what kind of seed you plant and what that young person will bloom into.
We all have made mistakes. How would you feel if you never felt accepted at school or home, and even church?
Would you like your past sins staring you in the face everyday, everywhere?
The answer is NO! We are here to encourage and build others up. Would you turn your back on your own child or family because of a sin? The answer again is NO! You would do what was needed to help that person and encourage them to make right choice.  This is your CHURCH FAMILY, be there for each other, don’t turn your back on each other.
Mistakes will and do happen- Be open to forgiveness! Remember a family that PRAYS together, STAYS together!
“Let the Children come to me, do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” –Matthew 19:13-14
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven……and whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” –Matthew 18:1-5


  
  

  
  

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