Friday, June 25, 2010

Perspectives from the Field: Summer in the Son

We’re well into summer. For some of our youth, it’s a time of going from one camp to another. Others are working full-time jobs saving up money for college or a car. Still others are living on the couch, watching TV and playing video games. Yet, the summer routine is different from the school year.

It’s easy for youth to let their faith journey take a vacation but it’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen. Instead of dropping everything, it’s time to say “Step up and go beyond yourself.” This could mean going on a Mission Trip or heading to Church Camp. Youth should visit new places, including other churches.

Sometimes, it’s important for us as Christians (of all ages) to make ourselves uncomfortable in order to strengthen our faith. After all, how do you know what you truly believe if you blindly follow what others say and never make it your own faith? Encourage your youth to speak to other Christians and discuss their beliefs, get out and help the people in your community.

However, the summer shouldn’t be all work and no play. Make sure the youth (and their leaders) are taking him to experience fellowship and to realize that Christians know how to have fun. Lifelong memories can be made while having fun with other Christians and that can also lead to life-changing discussions about who we are and what we believe.

So, this summer, be sure you and your youth have Fun in the Son!

by Mark Whitaker
Youth & Young Adult Director and Communications Coordinator
Avondale United Methodist Church in Kansas City MO (North of the River)
Advisory Board for youTheology / Marketing Coordinator

www.youtheology.com
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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