YOUTH NEWS 8-31-17


It is such a joy to see young children in church on Sundays! Proverbs 22:6 tells us “Start children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Introducing children to the wonders of God and His unending love provides a foundation of faith these children will carry with them throughout their lives.

Church School, Children’s Music, and All-Youth Fellowship are all great ways for children to grow in their faith while having fun and staying active, giving them an outlet for their seemingly boundless energy. Yet being a part of our Worship Service is just as important to their foundation of faith.

In order to help them focus their energy and learn from the Worship Service, Kids Packs are available every Sunday in the red plastic tote located right outside the glass Sanctuary doors. These packs are designed for kids up through 5th grade. In each pack, they will find activities relating to that Sunday’s message or theme, crayons, and a package of fruit snacks. This gives them something fun to do before they are dismissed to Church School, while at the same time introducing them to that Sunday’s message.

On the last Sunday of each month, rather than dismiss the children to Church School, we ask them to remain in the Worship Service with their families. This gives them an opportunity to not only see what the rest of our Worship Service is like, but also helps them learn how to pay attention and understand the message of the day. On these Sundays, there will be a special page in the Kids Packs called “Sermon Notes for Kids.” As the service is happening, the children can complete this page to the best of their ability (for those who have not yet learned to read or write, they can use the back of the page to draw a picture of something they learned about in the sermon or through the music). And after the service, as a reward for their efforts, they can bring their completed sheet or picture to Rev. James for a special prize!


  • September 9         Church Trip to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari
  • September 10      All-Youth Fellowship, 11:30 a.m., Cartwright Hall
  • September 24      All-Youth Fellowship, 11:30 a.m., Cartwright Hall / CROP Hunger Walk, 2 p.m., Riverside United Methodist
  • September 27      See You at the Pole, 7 a.m.