Fall Calendar thanks to Ben Read at youthmin.org. Thanks homie!
It is finally September. Summer is a distant memory, school is in full swing, and for us here at Marin Covenant, it is now time to get down to business. The student ministry team here at Church has put a ton of prayer, time, and effort into this upcoming year and we could not be more excited about what God has in store for our ministry and for your kids!
A JOINT EFFORT IS NEEDED: In order for this fall kick off to be a success and for your child to land in our student ministry community, there has to be a joint effort in helping them land. As I have said before, your son or daughter has a totally different set of felt needs when it comes to church, youth group, and their spiritual life. For you, as an adult, it is easy to come and go, to take seasons off from the church, and even seasons off from community. But when you are ready to dial it in, you make it happen.
Unfortunately, this isn't how it works with your kid. There is not guilt or shame that drives whether or not they are a part of youth group or church. In fact youth group, church, even the Bible are not seen as needs for their spiritual development. What 99.999% drives whether or not they are going to be part of youth group, part of church, part of the faith community and move towards an orthodox understanding of the Christian life is their friendships.
This means, that if they have friends at youth group, then we will actually show up, and even grow in their walk with Jesus. If they don't feel comfortable there or don't feel like they have any peeps, then they are out! This is a challenging reality to live in. But it is reality none the less. So that means for your son or daughter to actually land at youth group, they have to show up, have friends, and feel comfortable, seen, and even loved. This can only happen if we work together :)
MY PART: I will work incredibly hard to make the youth group experience emotionally safe, fun, engaging, and make the Christian story relevant to their lives. I will train my youth staff to make space for your son or daughter, to "see" them, care for them, and walk through this year with them. I will provide a program that makes connections easy and set the table for strong friendships to be built.
YOUR PART: Use whatever political capital you have with your son or daughter to get them there. I get that this is a sliding scale. In 6th grade you have unlimited power to control this and by the time they are seniors, you have almost none! So, while you have the capital, get your son or daughter to youth group, have them bring some friends, come late, leave early, it doesn't really matter, just get them there. And don't let your kids make you think that you don't really have the capital to make this happen.
The entire month of September is planned so that every student will be able to make some friends and land rationally. Because it is only when students feel safe and cared for will they actually let their guard down enough to actually consider issues of faith and wrestle with what it means to follow Jesus.
I am praying for you, and please pray for us and our youth staff as we officially kick off the fall!! We have a great night in store and look forward to seeing your son and /or daughter there!
KICK OFF SEPTEMBER 4th from 7:00-9:00: On Wednesday, September 4th, we will be launching HOUSE for this upcoming school year. We have an epic night planned that will be big fun and will establish our small groups. This will be a great night for our entire student ministry and an easy on ramp for those students who have been extra busy this summer with traveling and sports.
PARENTS MEETING SEPTEMBER 18th from 8:00-9:00: On Wednesday, September 18th, we will have an hour long parents meeting to get you all dialed in for the upcoming school year. In one hour you will get the low down on our events and curriculum calendar, ministry vision and values, information on upcoming parenting seminars, ways for you to help out in student ministry, and every question you might have regarding adolescence answered. (Ok, that last one might be a bit of a stretch)
FALL CALENDAR: If you click on this link, you will find our fall activities calendar. It has when and where we meet, contact info, as well as our upcoming winter and summer dates for Hume Lake and Guatemala.
2013-2014 LESSONS CALENDAR: If you click on the link you will find an excel spreadsheet that has the lessons and activities for the entire 2013-204 school year. Print it out, sync your calendars and be in the know!
Ok, That is a lot of information to digest. Please feel free to contact me any time with any questions or concerns you might have! Until I see you, I look forward to seeing your kids this Wednesday night!