I try to post about our youth program at least every other week, just to keep everyone updated, so here’s what’s new with our youth.
First of all, the GIRLS’ CLASS has a new teacher joining the class. Janet Luther has stepped up to the plate to assist in teaching on Sunday mornings. The girls will continue to study from the book: “Everyday Princess: Daughter of the King”. Marissa and Janet will be alternating teaching duties, but both will use the book for each class, regardless of who is teaching. Please, encourage your daughters to read their lessons each and every week, before class time. There is much material in the book to cover, and this helps Janet and Marissa, as well as our girls, to have the best class discussions.
Our next YOUTH DEVOTIONAL is about a month away! This time we will be having a gift exchange (more details at a later date). Jerry and Melinda Maxwell have volunteered to host the event at their home. The date is DECEMBER 14TH. This is a Sunday, so we will meet at the Maxwell’s immediately following evening services. We realize that they will have school the next day, so we will promise to be finished by 8:30pm. We usually try to plan our Sunday events around Mondays off but, due to conflict, this was the best we could do. We apologize ahead of time.
We look forward to our time together in the future!
Oh, and by the way, I’ve noticed that all but a couple of our teens have invited at least one person to one of our Youth Devotionals since we began them regularly back in May. We are so thankful for the enthusiasm! Please, continue to encourage them to encourage others. The best way for our group to grow is by their involvement and invitations to others.
As we continue to try to keep our youth active, which is a little more difficult when school is in session, we do have some good things coming up, such as…
First of all, a YOUTH DEVOTIONAL will be hosted at the home of Ronald and Janet Luther this Saturday, the 11th. We are thankful for the willingness to be involved with our teens, as both have filled-in on teaching duties from time to time. We will meet at 5:30pm. Parents: you might plan to bring a favorite board game or two. We have several outside activities we can do, but there does seem to be a good chance of rain in the forecast. I think it’s better to be prepared, don’t you?
Aside from our monthly Youth Devotionals, we have another activity coming up at the end of the month. We will have TRUNK-OR-TREAT at the church building on October 26, following our evening worship. Though our teens may be a little old to participate (maybe not!), we would still love to have their help with the younger ones. We are also having a Soup & Sandwich Fellowship, for which you may bring your favorite soup, chili or stew. We look forward to a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with members, as well as visitors from the community that we are hoping for.
One last thing, we are strongly encouraging participation in our BIBLE CLASSES. This quarter, it seems that some of our regulars from the summer are not so regular in the fall. I understand that your teens have many activities they are involved in through school, on top of homework, but is all of that more important than God? I remember hearing a preacher once pose a question: “Do you love your children? Would you do anything to save them if their life was in danger?” I’m sure I know the answer to those questions, but how important is their soul and eternity to you? Are you doing everything to teach them that God is most important to you and them, even more important that school functions and activities? Are you doing everything in your power to encourage the saving of their soul? Just some things to think about… I hope to see YOU in Bible class this Sunday!
We hope you will be joining us tonight for Bible Study! I know that with school starting your children probably have a lot of activities going on – things that, I’m sure, keep them, and you, very busy. One of the most important things we can do for our children is teach them the Bible. Tonight, as all other Bible studies, is a great opportunity to teach them. School activities and homework are important for the day, but studying God’s word affects their eternity. Teach them today that God is the most important priority in your family’s lives.
Last week the Maxwells began the Fall Quarter teaching the Wednesday class. The teens seemed to have a good study period with them (or were they paid to say that???). We are so appreciative of the Maxwells for taking on such a great challenge. I hope you will share your appreciation with them with your presence.
At the beginning of the quarter I challenged the teens to a 90 Day Challenge, reading through the New Testament in 90 days by the end of the Fall Quarter. I believe most of them began reading, but have not been as faithful to continue. My goal was to encourage them to read their Bibles daily. I hope you will encourage them to read, as well, as you spend more time with them than I do.
Two big things are coming up this weekend. Saturday, Bob and Amelia Hayes have offered us use of their home for our monthly Youth Devotional, beginning at 5:30pm. Also, our Gospel Meeting begins Sunday morning and continues through Wednesday evening, with speaker “Buddy” Neal. Please, plan to be present for both and invite friends! These are two wonderful opportunities and, we pray, your family will take advantage of them.
It being the first Sunday of September, we officially begin a new quarter of classes. For some, there will be changes in teachers or lesson material and, for others, there will be no change at all. Some of these things have been outlined before, but here they are, as a reminder…
- The Teen Boys’ class will have a new book. We will begin the first chapter of “Headed to the Office”, based on the qualifications of an elder or bishop. The goal of this study is to prepare them to be the leaders in the church of the future.
- The Teen Girls’ class will continue, much as it has for the last few months. Sandy Sole will be absent for an extended period of time. Marissa Webb will teach while she and Gary are away. Marissa’s classes will continue studying “Daughters of the King”.
- The Wednesday class will continue the Horizons book, published by Gospel Advocate. However, there will be a shuffling of teachers, as Jerry and Melinda Maxwell have agreed to take the class for awhile. We look forward to our teens building a relationship with the Maxwells through this quarter.
We have three Youth Devotionals coming up for the Fall Quarter. You can check our event calendar for the dates and times. The next devotional will be held at the home of Bob and Amelia Hayes on Saturday, September 20.
Also, we thank those who allowed their children to participate in the Youth Movie Night on Sunday. We apologize to the parents for finishing later than intended, but we appreciate you allowing your children to stay, anyway. It was not our plan to keep you waiting so long. We will try to plan events such as this better in the future.
Thank you for being a part of the lives our youth.
THIS COMING SATURDAY, there will be a Youth Day hosted by the Blackman Church of Christ (1353 Brinkley Road, Murfreesboro, TN). The day will begin at 9am, ending at 2pm. If any of our young people would like to go, please let me know ASAP. This is a wonderful way for our teens to get to know others their own age from other congregations.
Also, we will soon begin a new quarter. Our classes will continue much like they did in the Summer Quarter, with a change of teachers for the Wednesday classes.
- I will continue teaching the Boys’ Class on Sunday morning. We will be studying a new book starting in September. The new book is titled, “Headed to the Office”, and written by Glenn Colley. This material is aimed at preparing our young men to be leaders in the church.
- The Girls’ Class on Sunday will continue to be co-taught by Marissa Webb and Sandy Sole. Marissa has already begun using the book, “Everyday Princess: Daughter of the King”, written by Sheila Butt. This series of lessons covers subjects such as dating and relationships, as well as making God their first love.
- The Wednesday night class will continue to be a combined class for all teens. We will also continue using the “Horizons” book, published by Gospel Advocate. The Fall Quarter will have a change in teachers, however, as Jerry and Melinda Maxwell have volunteered to take the class for awhile. We feel it is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to be better acquainted with our pulpit minister, and we appreciate the Maxwells for the willingness to be involved with our teens.
We look forward to your participation in all of our teen activities, especially as we enter the Fall Quarter. We are excited about everything that is to come!
So, our Sounds game was a SUCCESS! We had 26 to attend (even though Bro. Jerry didn’t get to stay). The bus was nearly full! We appreciate all who participated. I hope that, because of the success of this event, there will be many more like it in the near future.
I was told this week that the Blackman Church of Christ in Murfreesboro will be hosting a Youth Day, held at their building. The date will be Saturday, August 16th, from 9am to 2pm. Chris Miller, I believe, is their speaker. If you are interested in going, please see myself or Marissa to let us know. Transportation may be provided, if needed.
Parents, keep in mind that Marissa and I will be away from Gilroy for the next two weeks, starting the 20th, as I will be leading singing in a Gospel Meeting and also for vacation. Gary and Sandy Sole will be teaching the Sunday morning classes and Ronald and Janet Luther will have the combined class on Wednesday, the 23rd (the 30th is Singing night). The Wednesday class will continue in the Horizons book, so we encourage you to have your child(ren) prepare themselves for the next lesson in the book. Marissa and I will, Lord willing, return the first Sunday in August.
We look forward to seeing you at Bible Study tonight!
Girls and parents we are nearing the end of our study in the book Girl to Girl. We are looking for a new book to start studying on Sunday mornings. If you have a book that you are interested in studying or having your child study please let us know and we will look into it. We will still continue to study the various studies every other week and if you just have a topic suggestion for these classes let us know. All input from the girls and parents is encouraged. Our goal is to study the lesson with them in class and for it also to be talked about at home. We look forward to having these study opportunities with the children of all ages.
Since we had a break in our class due to VBS we are skipping lesson four in class. Please do still take the time to read the lesson on our own. You never know it might be talked about at another time. So this week we will be looking at lesson five. Please read this lesson it will help increase class conversation as a group.