Friday, March 12, 2010

Perspectives from the Field: Lent for our Youth: Are They Ready

Most adults that direct youth groups realize how important the Easter Season is to enrich our understanding of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. The question I present to you in this blog is: Are our youth ready to accept this information and apply it to their lives?

Being a youth director, I get excited about this season in the Christian year. But, when I explain the process of the Lenten season to our youth, I sometimes get that glazed look or the deer in the headlights expression. I want the kids to jump up and say, “CHRIST DIED FOR ME AND HE AROSE AND ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN.” I want them to shout it out loud, with joy in their hearts.

Do I get this from my kids on Wednesday nights? No. It’s never happened when I was present. Still, I believe it is important to give them the information they need to be able to truly understand the Lenten season. Only then will our youth make the appropriate choice on how to celebrate the most important days and events in the history of our planet.

Next week our youth group will watch the movie “The Passion of Christ” to initiate our discussion and prayer time. What will you do to teach the youth in a way they can relate, understand the truths of Christ and apply them to their young lives?

Thank you, for all the ways you are serving the young people of the Church.
May God continue to bless you, and those you serve, in abundance during this Lenten season.

by Earl Williams
Youth Director and Safe & Sacred Space Trainer
Grace United Methodist Church, Emporia, KS
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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