We have had a great year at 519 reinvesting in and continuing to build our youth program. We are lucky to have so many bright, gifted young individuals in our church. This past weekend we celebrated and prayed over 5 of our graduating high school seniors and another graduating from Wake Tech. Many of these young people serve as volunteers in our children’s ministry. They have devoted their time and talents to teach and play with the younger kids in our church. This is the epitome of what Jesus asked us to do: to serve others. It’s been beautiful watching them BE a part of this church…right, where God has called them. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors! And, we pray they will continue to find ways to love God by serving his people wherever life takes them.
We continue to have a vibrant middle school Sunday school class (lead by Jillian, THANK YOU!) that meets during both of our worship services. We also enjoy a thriving Sunday night youth group that has grown from 8 to 10 kids at the beginning of the school year to over 20 youth most Sunday nights. As we experienced recently, we confirmed 8 of our 6th graders. So much is happening with our youth at 519. We have so much to be thankful for and much to be proud of! We have 9 adults, including Jillian and myself, shepherding and guiding our middle and high schoolers. We are very thankful for their energy and their influence, and for the time they have dedicated to building meaningful relationships with our kids. (Many thanks to our fearless leaders: Mike Artman, Patrick Artman, Sarah Bell, Brandon Black, Rick Hopper, Jackie Lytton, and Erin Woodard!)
This summer we have 8 of our 519 high school youth attending the weeklong AOSP (Apex Outreach Service Project) on the Apex UMC campus. We also have some of our youth volunteering for Vacation Bible School on our other campuses. We have many youth serving in various capacities within our church each and every week: they artistically write announcements on our welcome chalkboard, serve in the preschool room and children’s Base Camp on Sunday mornings, and sing in (and sometimes lead!) the praise band! I encourage you to seek out our youth. Listen to their stories, say thank you, or ask how they’re doing. I promise you won’t be sorry! You may, just may, have a moment where hope for the future fills your heart. God is on the move here at 519 and it’s very exciting!
As I close, I want to take this moment to invite you to invest in our youth at 519. Whether it be volunteering with children’s ministry or middle school Sunday school on Sunday mornings, or youth group on Sunday nights…we would love to use your gifts and talents to help our youth grow in their faith. You don’t have to have a child/teenager in the program. In fact, we love fostering intergenerational relationships. Those are some of the best moments…when the wisdom of a seasoned adult is passed down to a seeking youth. Those are precious moments. Those are moments we love to witness.
Our graduating seniors, high school, and middle school youth are who they are today because of the significant people in their life who poured into them. They are who they are because of the faith and wisdom that’s been shared with them by their parents, youth leaders, and other adults in their lives. We encourage you to come be a part of this amazing community! You can contact me with any questions or comments at email@example.com.