Youth Group

posted Oct 1, 2015, 12:38 PM by Saint Timothy's   [ updated Jan 3, 2017, 12:52 PM ]
Youth group has started for this year! Please read below for a message from Sydney Caron, the youth leader. If you have any questions or would like to speak with Sydney about youth group, please contact the church  office to request her contact information. 

WELCOME MESSAGE
Our first Monday night Youth Group meeting was an introduction to what a typical night at Youth would be like. We began our night with a time of socializing, allowing an opportunity for youth to meet and greet one another. Next, we prepared for prayer by taking a 10 minute personal quiet time to listen to a worship song, pray, and rest. Then, we came together in a prayer circle, each taking turns to pray as we contributed with a response to one of the following statements: God You Are..., God I am thankful for..., God I give you..., God please be with..., and God I need... After our group prayer we discussed the importance of "Prayer Partners".  This will be a weekly activity that will provide an opportunity to pray with and for another person, and to be prayed for, weekly as we meet at Youth Group and also as our prayer partner comes to mind throughout the week. Following our time of partnered prayer we broke into groups and brainstormed discussion topics that will be explored and discussed during a weekly activity called "Table Talk" where groups of Youth will discuss a topic and share their experiences, opinions, and ideas. Next, the Youth will usually  participate in a time of listening and learning about the theme for the month. This will occur through the use of videos, books, and presentations. Following this the Youth will break into discussion groups that will be led by our leaders Lynne, Graham, Curtis, Josiah, Brittany, Dez, & Aiden. In these groups Youth will have an opportunity to further discuss the presentation, video or speaker, creating an interactive learning experience. A physical activity will follow. Snack and a time of fellowship will end the night. Youth Group ends at 9:00pm. Most Youth nights will follow this structure.

We are very excited to welcome new Youth Members! We are also welcoming and appreciating new Youth Leaders this year. Without the dedication, time, and energy of these leaders Youth Group would not be possible.

YOUTH GROUP THEME
This year the Youth will learn about the Five Marks of Mission. Throughout the year we will participate in faith building activities, mission work, and volunteer service. This year we will also hear from groups, speakers, and ministries that work in mission. Youth will be encouraged to recognize and explore their own spiritual gifts, passions, and identity in Christ as they work to find a personal way to proclaim the gospel, encourage others, transform unjust structures, respond to human need, and safeguard creation. Check out the schedule below!

THE FIVE MARKS OF MISSON 
September 28th: 
Introduction and outline of the Five Marks of Mission.
October 5th:   To Proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. 
November 9th:   To teach, baptise, and nurture new believers. 
January 18th:   To seek to transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and to pursue peace and reconciliation. 
March 7th:   To respond to human need by loving service. 
May 2nd:   To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the Earth. 

UPCOMING YOUTH GROUP EVENTS
Mark your calendars! 
Sleepovers:  November 20th, February 19th, April 9th, and June 18th.
        *If you would like to commit to making breakfast for one of the sleepovers, please contact me! 
Episcapoolza: October 16th + 17th at St. Matthias. 
Camp Nakamun Winter Retreat: January 8th-10th.

YOUTH GROUP DATES AND LOCATIONS
Sep:  14th, 21st, 28th - St. Paul's 
Oct:  5th, 19th, 26th - St. Timothy's
Nov:  2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th - St. Paul's
Dec:  7th, 14th - St. Timothy's
Jan:  11th, 18th, 25th - St. Paul's
Feb:  1st, 8th, 22nd, 29th - St. Timothy's
Mar:  7th, 14th, 21st - St. Paul's
Apr:  4th, 11th, 18th, 25th - St. Timothy's
May:  2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th - St. Paul's
Jun:  6th, 13th, 20th, 25th - St. Paul's

PARENT MEETINGS
Parent meetings will be held on November 9th, January 18th, and March 7th. These meetings will take place at 7:00pm-7:45pm. Please consider joining us to discuss upcoming events, themes, and plans! Parent meetings will act as an opportunity for discussion surrounding the Youth! Please join us! Your attendance and support is greatly appreciated!
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