When it comes to the teens in our congregations, it’s all about relationships.
For the teens, the key relationships are those they have with their peers.
For your congregation, relationships made between your teens and youth ministry leaders, clergy, other adult volunteers, and their parents, will provide a spiritual support system that can carry them through their high school years and then launch them as young adults out into the world.
For the Church, your teens can participate in wider church activities and events that will expose them to the work of the Church Universal, showing them that the love and justice of Jesus extends far beyond their own church building and hometown.
This fall’s Super Saturday event will offer your youth such an opportunity!
You are invited to bring your middle and/or senior high youth groups and confirmation classes, along with their adult leaders, to a special youth program at the October 5th Super Saturday in Framingham . Youth may attend at no cost! Adult leaders pay the Super Saturday fee. Lunch is included for all.
What will happen there?
The day will begin with worship with our inspiring keynote speaker, which the youth will attend with their leaders. During the morning and afternoon workshop segments, the youth and their adult leaders will gather with me and Kristin Putney, the Christian Education & Youth Ministry Resource Consultant for the historic Rhode Island Conference, to connect with each other, play some games, learn about Church World Service from a CWS staff person and how teens can lead their own congregations in CWS service projects, and coordinate and oversee the CWS hygiene kit-making process for all in attendance at Super Saturday. (All Super Saturday participants are invited to bring items for the hygiene kits that will be sent to hurricane victims.) There will also be informative presentations about Silver Lake Conference Center and next summer’s United Church of Christ National Youth Event .
Click here to download a flier to share with your congregation.
The registration deadline is September 21st. Click here to register and be sure to select “Youth Service Project.”
You and your youth group may also choose to hold a fund-raiser at your church to bring a monetary donation to cover the cost of shipping the hygiene kits (make the check out to “Church World Service”). You may also start a collection of kit items at your church to bring with you to Super Saturday!
By the end of Super Saturday, you and your youth will have made new friends, and you will have extended our reach as the wider Church in service to the rest of the world.
Debbie Gline Allen serves as the Associate for Faith Formation and Youth Ministries in the historic Massachusetts Conference.
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