This is Mark (Student Ministry intern with Pastor Josh) sending out this week’s newsletter! Hope you all are doing well and had a great week as most students went back to school this week or will be going back soon. This past Wednesday we started back our Word of Life program, and had an amazing first night! Pastor Josh shared his vision for The Grove this coming year, and there was tons of energy and just an all-around great environment! Also, we had a total 105 people last Wednesday! We are so excited about what God’s doing here in our ministry, and the opportunity we have to impact students lives’ with the gospel of Jesus this coming year. Our goal is to keep you as informed as possible, so here are a few reminders and upcoming events:
Quick Reminder to Parents: We ask for parents to bring in drinks for us to use throughout the year on Wednesday nights. We ask for each student to bring a 12 pack of drinks. We ask that no students bring diet drinks. Also, we ask for parents to sign up for snacks on Wednesday evenings throughout the year. If you would like to sign up for a certain Wednesday night, please contact Lori Beard to choose a Wednesday by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at 336-414-1622. Also parents, if you were unable to attend the Parent Meeting on August 15th, we have provided our entire parent packet available to you online. Please go here to download all of the material and resources.
Our Featured Resource: This week’s featured resource is a blog post by Austin McCann. Austin is a good friend of Pastor Josh’s and myself, and a fellow youth ministry worker. He recently posted a blog titled “Tools for Understanding Teen Culture.” You can read the post here. This post gives a few practical ways and resources for parents and youth workers to stay up-to-date on current youth culture. In order for us to effectively minister to our students, we have to understand their culture. That doesn’t mean that we approve of everything in their culture, but we have to know what our students are into so we can effectively engage their ideas, opinions, and lives.
Our Featured Event: “Love Our City” is our next youth event that will be taking place on September 14th-15th. We’ve been intensely planning for this event and are working with several organizations in the area. We’re coordinating with The Genesis House, The Children’s Home, North Davidson High School, and the Salem Pregnancy Center for this event. We will also be doing door-to-door visitation and distributing what are called “Life Books” to people in the community. Since we will be camping out, we are in need of a lot of tents. If you could bring a tent to this event, it would help us out tremendously! Please contact Pastor Josh, or myself if you would be able to help us out in this way. You can sign-up today, and the cost is $20 per student. Leaders/volunteers go for free! We just ask that every leader bring a 12 pack of can drinks. This is going to be a great event that will allow our students to serve people, and show them the love of Jesus Christ.
Our Upcoming Events:
- August 29 – Word of Life – Our weekly Wednesday night services meet in the gymnasium from 6-8 P.M. We serve food from 6-6:30, and will then have a time of worship, games, teaching, and small group discussion. We encourage your student to be a part of this on a weekly basis, and would love for any parents interested in visiting our services to come join us one night!
- September 8 – Family Fun Festival – This is an annual church wide event, and we would love for you and your family to be a part of it. It will be from 3-7 P.M. and it is absolutely FREE! We will have inflatable’s, games, a petting zoo, a hotdog meal, live music, and more! Also, if your student is in the 10th-12th and is interested in volunteering for this event, please let Pastor Josh know ASAP. R.S.V.P. on facebook and feel free to share the event HERE.
- September 14-15 – Love our city – You can R.S.V.P. for “Love our City” HERE!
- October 6 – Service Opportunity: The Miracle League. This is a high school (10-12 grade) only event! The Miracle League is a baseball league for handicap kids. Their desire is for every kid to be able to play baseball so the Miracle League has given them a chance! Our high school ministry will have the opportunity to go and encourage these kids and be a buddy to them. We will meet at the church at 8:15 am and return at 1:30 pm. Bring money for lunch!
We are trying to keep you as informed as possible and keep the cost as low as possible. If you ever have questions or want quick information regarding the Grove, check out our facebook page or check out the website here. You can also follow us on twitter (@ugbcgrove) for instant information regarding the Grove. We love and appreciate you. We count it a privilege to partner with you this year. If you have any questions about our student ministry, please contact Pastor Josh anytime with the info provided below.
Student Ministry Intern, Union Grove Baptist Church
In His Service,
Student Pastor, Union Grove Baptist Church