What a year it has been with Covid-19 and moving everything online! A lot of people have called it a disastrous year and, in certain regards, it really has been as we saw a lot of Covid-19 related deaths and having to distance ourselves from our family, friends, and church! Yet, in the midst of this pandemic, God never changed. He still brought about good things. In record time, a vaccine was created, tested, and rolled out.
As we reflect on this past year, we definitely have a lot to be thankful for, ministerially and personally. In ministry, we saw God’s faithfulness as we continued to meet online. It was difficult and everyone is zoomed out, but we saw God’s faithfulness and love modeled through our small group leader’s unwavering commitment to our youth group and to their small group of teenagers who went above and beyond to try to meet and keep in contact with the teens in their group. We saw our student leaders grow to love, care, and remember the members in our youth group as they got creative in figuring out how. Under the direction of our student leaders, we created an instagram account to keep our teens connected as best as we could! We have always wanted to have parents step in to lead teenagers and we did this year! Our Middle school Sunday school was taught by a team of ALL parents (Jennifer, Sharon, Genie, and Peter)! Praise God for these leaders, student leaders, and parents.
We hope you will create great memories with your teenagers this Christmas. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!!!
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)