Family vacations are over. Summer camps have finished. County fairs are behind us. And homework is already starting to accumulate. All that can only mean one thing: it’s time to get back into the full swing of youth and family ministry at Kossuth. It has been a great summer, but we’re eager to dive back into the regular routine of ministry now that fall has arrived. In case you’re not too familiar with what’s going on, here’s a quick peek at the ways we’re seeking to minister to teens and their families:
Gospel Academy. Every Wednesday night at 6:30pm, a loyal band of candy-crazed middle school students shows up at the church to learn about theology and perfect their skills in the sport of chair soccer. This semester we’re studying about the church, helping the students see how vital the church is to the redemptive plan of God and building their appreciation for the local church that God has given them.
Hot Topics. Beginning this Sunday evening, we’re kicking off a new opportunity for high school students that will take place at 6:00pm on the second Sunday of every month. We’re calling it “Hot Topics,” and it has nothing to do with the store in the mall. It’s a focused time we’re setting aside to engage in dialogue about important (and perhaps controversial) issues that teenagers need to learn how to think about.
Student/Parent Meetings. One of the highlights of working with parents and teens is the monthly meeting where the middle school and high school students get together with their parents for an evening of shared learning. It’s always a blast to open up doors of conversation for families and watch what happens. Our first meeting of the fall is coming up on Sunday, September 21 at 6:00pm.
Events. Sprinkled throughout the fall are events designed to help our students grow in their friendships with one another. Our first event is this weekend, a bonfire for all 6-12 graders and their families at the home of Scott and Melisa Van Der Aa. We’ll have games, food, and even some music this year. (Rumor has it that Scott is going to perform some original songs for the group.) And just around the corner in October is our third annual "Nerf Night,"which is always a big hit (literally...lots of gets get hit with Nerf darts).
Sunday School. This past Sunday we kicked off a new quarter in both the middle school and high school classes. We’re diving into the book of Joshua right now, as we launch into our second year of using Treasuring Christ Curriculum. We have a great rotation of teachers in these two classes who love to engage teenagers with the truth of God’s word on a weekly basis.
So even if you’re not a teenager or the parent of a teenager, we want you to be informed and excited about what’s going on. Pray for the students, parents, and ministry volunteers who will be engaged this year. We hope to see God do big things!