Kathryn Nunnelley’s son doesn’t have a youth group. As part of a core team in a church plant, there just aren’t enough young people.
Greetings from the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, where my husband and I, along with a staff team of about 25 young (and some old) adults, have moved into the dorm apartments that will be our home for the next week. We’re here for CrossWalk, and we must really love it, because many of us have been coming back year after year for almost twenty years now.
I have loved photography since I was a teenager. I’ve enjoyed taking photos of nature, quirky items, events, friends and ministry.
There was a time when taking a group photo mean everyone would line up by height or standing next to their friends. It wasn’t unusual for someone to have their eyes closed or be looking the other way. And there were plenty of people who didn’t want their photo taken, so they would hide or cover their face.
It’s hard to be teenage girl! There is so much advice out there, it can be overwhelming! Still, I believe the best resource in counseling, supporting, loving and challenging young ladies lies in God’s Word.
Here are some lessons I’ve learned from Scripture and personal experience. In fact, most of these lessons I’ve learned the not-so-easy way. In many ways, I lived the exact opposite of this list and have found the consequences to be less-than-pleasant and totally avoidable.
I think in two languages. Sometimes I even forget what language I’m speaking. The truth is, I feel most comfortable when I can switch between the two. Many children of immigrants face this “neither here nor there” sensation—we don’t fit in fully with American culture, but we are also different from our parents with their international roots.
The name “Youth Encountering Christ” fits the weekend so well as many kids from all across New England, some who may have never have heard about the Gospel, got to encounter our Savior. Since 1981 the BCNE has put on this amazing weekend which has saved many and showed many youth the Gospel truth. This year, 50 congregations from five New England states, a total of more than 750 people, gathered at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, MA. Throughout this weekend-long retreat many lives were changed for the better.
Does your youth group have traditions? Maybe a Yankee swap, live nativity or Operation Christmas Child packing party? Community is key in our current culture, and creating an atmosphere of traditions can enhance your group. But beyond creating community though tradition, you are ensuring your group knows the story of Christ’s birth.