Friday, July 23, 2010

Perspectives from the Field: Planning for the Year Ahead

In a few short weeks, school will be back in session. So, this is a great time to check in with your youth and your parents about the year ahead. It’s also a good time to talk to God about what the Lord wants to do with your group this year and where God wants you to lead them.

If you have a team of youth sponsors and Sunday School teachers, take time to meet as a group about what you each have planned for the year ahead so that your programs and lessons can reinforce each others with links between what’s being done in Sunday School, Youth Group, and at home.

Plus, I’d encourage you to include youTheology in your plans for 2010-2011. We’ll have a one-day community service event for youth on September 18th at Saint Paul School of Theology and surrounding community service organizations in the Kansas City area. Just a week later, an Oleta Adams concert is taking place at Saint James UMC, also in Kansas City, MO. The day of service is an opportunity to interact with other young Christians and help the community. The concert is a fundraiser for youTheology. Looking ahead to Spring, mark your calendars for the Youth Workers Gathering. It is never too later (nor too early) to be talking to youth about the year-long youTheology program for High School students.

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
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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