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Discipling Youth

I think part of discipling youth is teaching them how to use their gifts at church in meaningful ways.  We’ve had youth acolytes forever, but there’s so much more out there.  Here are some of the exciting things youth are doing (or will be doing soon!) at First Trinity:

  • Jon W., Abby, Anna and Joe regularly provide the tech services at our 7 p.m. Saturday worship service.  Joe is also helping on Sundays.
  • Jon W. is one of the prayer partners at Sunday worship.
  • Jon B., Annie, and Jake M. all play/sing in worship bands on a regular basis.
  • Megan and Laura have played/sung in the past.
  • 19 youth have signed up to work with our new youth band that is starting up.  Many of those were complete surprises to me.
  • 2 youth each Sunday from the 7th-8th grade Sunday School class will be helping to teach younger kids (Kindergarten and under-2’s).  20 in all have signed up so far.
  • Anna and Kelsey (plus Samuel, who isn’t a youth yet but will be one day) are on my PIT crew.

Additionally, we want students to be in the Word on a regular basis.  Some fun things going on there:

  • 6 youth have signed up to be in rooted this year so far. 
  • Sue’s small group at Cornerstone has committed to interacting with each other about the One Minute Bible for Students on a daily basis through text messages and instant message.  Loved hearing how she is connecting with her students!
  • A parent recently liked the One Minute Bible their student received so much that she asked to get a copy for herself.  They were working through it together at home, which turned her on to the resource.
  • We have a lab-based Sunday School series coming up in the winter that helps students learn how to be in the Word, pray, give and worship.

It’s exciting to see what God is doing in the midst of our young people.  What a joy!

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6 responses

  1. sweetsoup

    Rachel G. helps with the Altar Guild setting up for Communion!

    September 24, 2008 at 4:37 pm

  2. Jaime

    That’s so cool about Rachel. 🙂

    September 24, 2008 at 8:16 pm

  3. Eric F

    We’ve had youth in the band for almost the entire 7 years I’ve been ministering here…so there’s a pretty good history of giving youth various opportunities to serve. I think it’s one of the (many) strengths of this congregation.

    Then…who can forget that most of the youth serve as staff (crew leaders, mostly) at VBS each summer – again, a long history there (as I know it!)

    September 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm

  4. Tim

    All great stuff to help build the good foundation as they grow and move on.

    September 25, 2008 at 10:39 am

  5. Jen

    You’ve forgotten all the great youth that are Child Care Ministry Aides for 11:15 service.
    Abbey S., Eden W, Hope E, Rebecca C., Jonathan W., Kaira K., Kelsey T., Abigail W., Jessie R., Megan C., Rachel G,. Jordan T., Cullen W.,

    And who can forget all the youth that help with VBS every summer! I know that I could NEVER have made it through without them! (2nd to Eric’s praise!)

    Thank you, youth, for you great discipling!

    September 30, 2008 at 2:36 pm

  6. Thanks to everyone for the additions to the list. It certainly is fun to see so many youth plugging in in so many ways.

    September 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm

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