Please note that ALL of TONIGHT’S (1/10) ACTIVITIES are CANCELED due to inclement weather.
Oct. 5, 2018 Update:
Oct. 4, 2018 Original Post:
I am sure you have heard on the news about a Canadian company wanting to start a Sex Robot Brothel in Houston, TX. I am also sure that you heard this morning, it got shut down unanimously.
This is an important topic to talk to your children about as it touches upon sexual purity, the purpose of sex, and the marriage relationship. We, in youth ministry, will inevitably talk about it as it is a current issue in society. BUT, we cannot replace you in talking about this important issue so we urge you, parents, to ask your kids what they think, to have this tough conversation, and to continue to have this tough conversation with them. Chances are they are hearing about this in school. They hear a lot more in school than you may think. To give you a hint: some of them have heard about the entirety of the Kavanaugh case from classmates and are developing their own opinions from their friends’ perspectives of these issues. NOTE: they are not developing their opinions by reading or listening to the trial. It is simply by their friends talking about it.
Parents, our kids need parents who are hands on in their faith – not just where they go to school/college, grades, etc. Our kids need us to stay informed about current issues. They need us to think through these issues biblically. They need us to guide them through these issues using God’s Word – the only absolute truth there is – in a world of relative truth.
Here is an article I have found helpful in understanding the issues:
It has been a packed summer!
We started with Graduation Banquet where we saw 14 seniors graduate from High School. It was a bittersweet moment for us. This class will forever hold a special place in my (Angel’s) heart. God used this banquet to encourage and spur onto faith those in our community. We love these young men and women so much. We pray that they will experience Jesus in every opportunity.
Then we were whisked off to DCCYC. It was HOT, but God is always gentle. The kids learned spiritual lessons through real life situations. I (Angel) relearned lessons as God continued to call me to surrender as well. Below is just a small group of our students with our leaders. We are so proud of these young men and women who came out to serve.
Off for a week where we cleaned out our entire youth floor as we prepared for renovations. Then it was off to OurCalling for a week of serving.
We are so proud of these kids. They did so much manual labor and they never once complained. Instead, they laughed so much and had so much fun while serving. We got to do the hard work of manual labor while the long-term missionaries (the staff) did the work of ministry. It was definitely a humbling experience for all of us. We learned so much. God definitely used this opportunity correct our broken knowledge of God and challenged our preconceived notions of homelessness. Talk to these kids if you want to find out how specifically we were corrected/challenged. PTL for OurCalling. PTL for these kids.
Next up: youth ministry evaluations, leaders training, student leaders training, and all the planning for September 14th kick off!
We have been talking about dating, marriage, and sex in our parents group this semester. We even got a chance to get really practical with some case studies and how we would handle them as parents. We are sorry if you haven’t had a chance to come out and attend our parents groups this year. We hope to resume next year. In the mean time, we found some good books that could be helpful for you as you disciple your child in these matters:
- Good Pictures Bad Pictures: porn-proofing today’s young kids
- The Talk: 7 lessons to introduce your child to biblical sexuality
- Changes: 7 biblical lessons to make sense of puberty
- Relationships: 11 lessons to give kids a greater understanding of biblical sexuality
These are books that are guided so it gives parents exactly what to say, the scripture behind it, the questions to ask and the prayer to pray at the end. It even gives you a follow up plan at the end of the lesson. If you read this book cover to cover including introduction, it would be helpful in your discussion and follow-up with your child.
Parents & SGLs,
Hello YM blog readers,
This whole school year, we have been studying the book of James. One BIG take away from our study of James this year has been: a heart transformed by the Gospel leads to a transformed life. So, as a youth group, we kicked off the Micah 6:8 Project with this year’s focus on homelessness. We educated our youth group. Thanks to Patricia Chen who came to speak to us and to share her wealth of knowledge and love of God’s people to God’s people. We educated our church thanks to Pastor Wayne Walker of OurCalling. This was followed by a 3-week fundraising where all the proceeds go to OurCalling.
We are so thankful. The Lord is so good in all that He does and in all that He calls us to do! We are also so proud of these teenagers! While this was not an easy project to plan for the church, we are so thankful for what God did:
- $2,254.77 were raised!
- ~200 blessings bags were given to the congregation
- We’ve had countless conversations about homelessness and those who are without a home.
- Some of our seniors and SGLs have gone to serve at OurCalling!
- Our 7th grade girls are organizing themselves to serve at a homeless shelter next school year.
- A few women from our church are trying to get trained by OurCalling to serve at OurCalling.
- A woman is trying to gather clean plastic bags (and without holes) to crochet into a BIG duffle bag for OurCalling to give away to their itinerant clients so that they can carry all their stuff in one bag.
- A family in our congregation saw a man on the street and saw the car in front of them pass out a blessings bag from our church to him. They were able to have a good conversation with their children about homelessness and our role as believers.
- The youth were mobilized. They saw the impact they could have on the church. They learned a huge lesson on what it looks like to serve – people may not always be kind, but we are always called to be faithful. They saw what it looked like to simply be faithful to what God has called us to do. They saw God take our faithfulness and multiply it into something HUGE. They also experienced that they are capable of making HUGE impact!
This is what we have been doing for the past few months! Thank you for praying for us.
I must say I thoroughly enjoyed my morning with our youth kiddos serving the elderly at the nursing home. In my time of prep, it’s clear that God answered my prayers regarding the nursing home. He always brings the right people and these ladies have such a wonderful heart for serving and people.
Everyone was good with communication and they basically just took charge from the time we were at church to the time we came back after lunch. My highlight has to be seeing the youth kids just take initiative to help the elderly out. Hanna was a rock star bingo letter/number caller and each of the youth kids were gracious to sit next to the elderly conversing with and helping them out with bingo. Shout-out to P, M, V, B, A, and K for your heart for serving. Such a warm feeling seeing God at work in your lives!
Shout-out to Mrs. Tang who tagged along so I have an adult to talk to and make things less awkward with the ladies 🙂
Lunch time was awesome as well. The kiddos helped to pass food out to all the elderly and prepare their food. They continued conversations and made sure all the needs of the elderly were met. It’s clear as we left, that the elderly and staff appreciate us and I’m so glad that we, as a youth group, take time to go each month.
It took a while to determine where we would actually go for lunch, but Panera Bread is always a good choice for a variety of food.
Finally, it’s great seeing to roll down the windows and sing along to the Frozen soundtrack as we traveled to and fro from place to place.
I definitely want to do this again and join these YG kiddos in serving in the future.
The pictures and my descriptions don’t tell the whole story, but I know God was pleased and He watched from above.
I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead and serve. We really DO have some awesome kiddos.
Eric Chui (9th grade boys Adult Small group Leader)
Winter Retreat is upon us! The theme is “Life of the Beloved.” The speaker, the leaders, the student leaders, Clement and I have been preparing and preparing. Now, all that is left to do is for Winter Retreat to run. We look forward to what God will do. God has been great in saving teenagers, calling teenagers to walk away from sin, healing past hurts, transforming and teaching our teens and adults to fall deeper in love with Jesus, etc. etc. This year, we expect no less from our awesome God. As we prepare to go, would you please remember us in your prayers for the next few days.
- For our leaders to be humble before God, depending on Him for wisdom, guidance, and words to speak as they lead small groups and do 1-on-1s.
- For the students who are not believers to believe in the Gospel – we are sinners in need of a Savior and God has given Himself for our salvation.
- For the students who are believers to come to a deeper understanding of their identity as beloved children of God – to live out of their identity, trusting in the Gospel even when they mess up.
- For the Holy Spirit to be at work in all of our hearts to heal, to transform, to save, to convict, to call us to His mission and to live for the cause of Christ and not the cause of ourselves and our own comforts.
- For safety as we travel and as we spend the next few days in very COLD weather!
We look forward to what God has in store for us. We have prepared as best as we can in terms of medical supplies, snacks, speakers, leaders, schedules, etc., but none of this matters unless God is at work. Please pray for us because we know that God hears the prayers of the righteous and we have been made righteous by Jesus Christ by grace through faith.
We wanted to keep you up-to-date on some of the dangers that our kids may come across as they become teenagers. Of course, these dangers are not limited to teenagers. Children and adults alike can fall into these dangers so do be aware. There are just a couple of websites I would like for you to have access to so that you can engage in conversations with your children about making wise choices, about being good stewards, etc.
As you click on these websites, please do not freak out at your teens and please do not keep your children away from the world. Freaking out and yelling will not help. We are called to be salt and light in the world (Matthew 5:13-16) and that only works if we are teaching our children to think and to process through the filter that is God. SO, please do the following:
- Engage them about the danger of these things
- Go through the process of talking to them – asking them about what they think, whether they have seen/heard of this,
- Go through the guiding process of teaching them to make wise choices rooted in God and His Scriptures.
- Pray daily (and as many times as they enter your mind) for them – our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 ESV).
It does take effort, but I promise you, parents, the return is great!
- Drugs: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/emerging-trends-alerts
- This website is a government website. It is updated frequently and, often times, before the new drug hits the news. This link will bring you to the “Emerging Trends and Alerts” page, but there is a menu bar on the side and you can look at all the drugs. This page here has the new drugs that have been out in the recent years. They are cheap and dangerous. Please do take a look.
- Social Media: http://www.familyeducation.com/fun/mobile-apps/safety-beyond-facebook-12-social-media-apps-every-parent-should-know-about
- Social Media is constantly changing. We will try to keep you posted on it, but this is a helpful website to refer to. They tend to keep up with a lot of the apps that parents need to know about.
- Gangs: https://www.nationalgangcenter.gov/gang-related-news
- This is also a government website. While gangs may feel like it’s a thing of the past, they are very much still present. This website will give you any gang related news divided by state.
We are praying for you and for our teenagers!