The moment we've all been waiting for!!! Summer is finally here!
With the start of summer comes the start of a great season for our youth. They are out of school for a while and finally get the rest, recovery, and fun they've been waiting for all year. I remember being in school and always longing for summer because that was the time when I got to go on vacations, camps, and do more things with my youth group.
Summertime is when youth group ramps up. We get to do service projects, lunches, and hang-out days. The summer months were always my favorite because of those fun days with my youth group! now I get to share it with you all!
With Summer here, we have so many plans that are worth getting excited for! We have our Lock-in, Mission trip, and Lake day. But to be honest, sometimes the best days in youth group are the times when things are not scheduled and or planned. It’s when we just get to spend time together and grow with one another.
Colossians 3:17 says this, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Verses 23 and 24 go on to say, " Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
These verses really speak to what we are trying to accomplish; Discipleship, Fellowship, and Missions. As a group, and a ministry we look to do everything with Christ in mind. we seek to pour into each other so that we can grow to become fully devoted followers of Christ. To do this we need to be intentional with everything we do and plan. If we are not intentional with each other about sharing Jesus and helping one another grow towards him, then we will just be another group of students that meet to have fun.
So whatever we do, whether that be a church "free day," having a one-on-one at a restaurant, going on our Mission Trip, or just getting to know each other a little more during the Lock-in. This summer, I would like to use this time for us to be intentional about our focus. Our Focus on community building and moving in our faith. I would like to see our students grow closer to one another and with God this summer. I am so excited to see how God will work this summer with our students, and I am so excited to be able to walk beside them and enjoy it with them every step of the way!