New Youth Ministry Info

Last Sunday we held a “Youth Planning Meeting” at 12:15 pm. This was the last of a series of meetings we had planned throughout the summer of 2009. The purpose of this blog is to inform you of what took place at that final meeting, and to share with you the plan for youth ministry as we look forward to the Fall of 2009.

A brief summary:
We began the planning part of the meeting discussing what we are going to do this Fall. A few ideas came to the table: Mexico missions and other local options (service), weekly bible study (discipleship), the Sunday morning alternative worship service (worship), and fellowship events (evangelism). This led into a conversation about some youth and parent “likes and dislikes” of youth ministry at Peace, as well as some organizational concerns. What followed were a few thoughts about how to establish a sense of community within the youth ministry:

1. To establish community, Parents must be involved with planning. Dave isn’t passing off responsibility, but is seeking out partnership in ministry (Parents are key. Pick up the book Frogs Without Legs Can’t Hear from the Faith Formation office to read more about this).

2. To establish community, we must set aside our likes and dislikes and work for the good of the community. Together we will create a place where all feel welcomed and fulfilled in our needs.

3. To establish community, we must serve together, be in bible study together, worship together, and have fun together.

We ended our meeting by putting some trial dates on the calendar for the months of August and September (see below), after which we’ll evaluate the response. We also had people volunteer to help make personal invites to those who attend Peace but are currently not in our youth community.

Fall 2009 Implications:

The Current, Alternative Worship Service.
1st and 3rd Sunday mornings in the Fellowship Hall at 11:00 am (dates & time subject to change). Grades 7-12. Begins in September.
The concern was that families desire to worship together (a good thing) but that youth also desire to worship together (another good thing). We decided that twice a month allows for both.

Youth Bible Study
Sundays in the Library from 12:15-1:15 pm. Grades 7-12. Begins 8/16/09.
This will be a time of reflection on God’s Word and to hear about some of the new things we’re doing in youth ministry.

Youth Fellowship
Saturday, Sept 12, 12:00-2:00 pm; and Saturday, Sept 26, 6:30-9:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall. Grades 7-12.
Movies and/or interactive activities. The purpose is to have fun and get to know new people.

Service Opportunities
Check the website for Pancakes at Grace, Adopt-a-Street, and more service projects coming in September and throughout the Fall.

Meeting with the Pastor:
The Tuesday after our meeting, I met with Pastor Al to discuss how it went. We came up with a few further implications. We wrote down a list of names (a handful of adults and two youth per grade) to invite as a starting point for a brand new youth ministry planning team. This invite letter will be mailed early next week (8/18/09). Our goal is to hold monthly meetings with this team and to offer quarterly Town Hall meetings where you’ll be able to come hear all about what’s happening.

Dave’s To-do List:
I recently stumbled upon this great website where you can organize “to-do” lists, and even make them available for others to see online. If at any point you’re curious about a day in the work-life of Dave, check it out here: www.rememberthemilk.com/home/dhub (at the moment I have two lists up: a direction of youth ministry list which includes things I’ve addressed in this email, and a call log where you can see my recent phone calls made).

Website:
Be sure to check out our new website at www.wearepeace.org for new info, videos, and pictures.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to a great year of youth ministry. As always, please call or email with any questions!

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