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Keeping kids ‘connected’

Over the past couple of years I have realized that the greatest privilege as a Christian is to know and connect with the Living God. To know that the Creator of all things wants to spend time talking and listening to me (and you) is quite incredible!

During January the Junior High Youth studied this truth in a series titled, “Keys to Connection.” The theme verse for is John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

As Christ followers it is crucial to stay connected to our power source. Without reading God’s Word and praying, we lose our connection and will eventually lose our power to bear fruit. In order to do this, we began a 21-Day Reading Challenge through the Gospel of John.

Research shows it takes 21 consecutive days to form a habit, so we are hoping to build lasting habits of reading Scripture
through studying one chapter a day all the way through John. I pray that we would be a church who sees connecting with God as a privilege and a joy on a daily basis.

Here are a few other fun highlights from the Junior High Youth Ministry:

On Dec. 11 we gathered at the church for a Christ mas party. Around 20 students and sponsors came wearing the favorite ugly Christmas sweaters, Santa hats and festive pajamas. There was no shortage of laughter and fun as we had a white elephant gift exchange, played games, and watched a movie together.

Our first event of 2016 was a bowling party at Bluejay Lanes. Thanks to the generosity of Darrell Driggers, we were able to spend a few hours bowling, eating snacks and catching up together after a busy Christmas season.

On Sunday mornings we have been going through a video series called, “Why Jesus.” Filmed on location in Israel, this series has asked us to wrestle with the hard questions about Jesus such as, “Was Jesus really God or just a good man?” and, “How can we believe that the miracles of Jesus are true?”

These tough questions don’t have easy answers, but they can be found through diving into scripture and studying the historical evidence for Jesus.

—Drew Pankratz, youth intern

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