Chapter 5 from the book of John shares a story about a man that could not walk and had been lying beside a pool for a very long time, with the hope of being healed. As the story goes, when the water in the pool became disturbed by the brushing of the wings of an angel, the first one in the pool was healed from their illness. The man in the story had been there for 38 years. Jesus came through one day and noticed the gentleman laying there and asked him, "Do you want to be made well?" The man didn't answer at first but gave excuses as to why he had been there for so long and why he wasn't healed at that moment. Jesus asked him again, "Do you want to be made well?" The man said yes and then Jesus said to him, "Pick up your mat and go."
What a gift the man was given. Was it a healing? Maybe? Or, was it strong words of encouragement to step out of his normal way of life? Either way, the man walked away and was able to experience a whole lot more than watching life go by while sitting beside a pool.
And so it is with us. The Youth Ministry has so much to offer that it would be a shame to miss out on what God is doing and has in store for us. I'm not saying that we have been sitting around the pool all of our lives, but I am saying that if a person steps out of the normal, one will experience a lot more of what Jesus has to offer.
The Youth Ministry offers close relationships that can last a life time as well as creating unforgettable memories. The ministry does step out of our comfort zones in order to experience newness while receiving as well as sharing the love of Christ. We grow and learn because we walk on this journey of faith together. We serve others and that is an experience in itself. We accomplish things that we would never think were possible and we do all of this because we are called not to sit still but to get up and move! That's putting our faith into action.
September is the start of a new Youth Ministry year and we would like for everyone to step out of their comfort zone and join in. You are invited to join in the fun and the excitement of participating in the ministry. You are invited to step away from the normal so that you might experience even more and make a difference to others in the process.
We will be kicking off the Youth Ministry New Year on Sunday, September 8 at 5:00 at Propst Farm with a cookout, fishing, games, a whole lot of fun and would like for everyone, from a new 6th grader through current high school senior, to join in.
So, Happy New Year and we will see you at Youth very soon!
Two youth groups are offered.
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The Youth Ministry is a unique ministry where youth are welcomed and included as they are. You do not have to be a member of Calvary in order to participate in the Youth Ministry. In fact, 25% of our youth ministry are made up of non- members. Our doors are open to all youth and they are welcome to participate in our Adventures of Faith throughout the year. We have fun growing, learning and experiencing God in a different kind of way.
The Jr. and Sr. Youth Beach Retreats are just one of the highlights of the summer for the Youth Ministry. This retreat is designed for fun, rest after a long school years and growing in our faith. We spend a lot of time on the beach, relaxing, growing in relationship with each other and with God and enjoying God Time at night. Jump in and join us, you will not regret it.
The Jr. High and Sr. Youth Mission Trips are the best! We offer a week long mission trip for both Jr. and Sr. Youth. We have served from the coast of North Carolina to the mountains of Tennessee, and as far south as Florida. In all of those travels, it seems that we have found a mission trip home in Georgia. The camp is welcoming and comfortable while the food is like home cooking. It is there that we find happiness in serving others and experiencing the Holy Spirit through Worship every evening. This is a week of hard work, a lot of laughter, fun, and growth.
2018 Jr. Youth Mission Trip: July 8-13
2018 Sr. Youth Mission Trip: July 15-21
Calvary Kids are for children 3 years old through 5th grade. Activities are planned throughout the year. Contact Mike Holt for more information.
Wild Caving is a great way to experience God's creation in the out of the way places. We make this experience happen about once a year. Join us in the darkness of creation. Challenge yourself, experience a completely different environment underground and learn to trust your neighbor.
November 30 - December 2
Justice! This is a big word with a lot of meaning. We have learned about Justice and Injustice through visits from people who have made a huge difference to others. We have been blessed to make friendships with Civil Rights Leaders such as Franklin McCain and Jessie Douglas. We have learned about the Holocaust through a World War II Liberator, Jessie Oxendine and Holocaust Survivors Susan Spatz, and Henry Hirschman. We have met a number of others that have made a difference and we have met and shared in conversation with President Jimmy Carter.
The Amish Experience is a once in a lifetime experience where we have traveled to Pennsylvania to learn and experience the Amish way of life and faith. We live with the Amish for a week, help with the daily chores, work around the farm, learn, grow and experience a life of faith. We have found that to have more is not necessarily what is important, to live by faith and to have what you need is.
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