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December 2016: Our first Youth workday (12/21/16) was a success! Thank you to all who served. If you missed the opportunity, don’t worry, the next work day is 1/11/17. Next item off the list is complete the priming of the walls and painting the trim.
October News: Calling all youth in grades 6-9. Meltdown Camp time has arrived! Read more about Forest Springs Meltdown Camp here. Please contact Clarissa Parmer with your interest.
February 24-26, 2017 in Westboro, Wisconsin $119/camper
Youth Saturday 10/22 at Sky Lodge in Montello, Wisconsin was a blast! More pictures on Facebook.
The focus of our 4:12 Student Ministry, is to reinforce and build upon the biblical foundation students in grades 7-12 already possess. Our Student Ministry philosophy is based off of the Apostle Paul’s word to his son in the faith, Timothy, as recorded in 1 Timothy 4:12. “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” From these words we want to challenge our students to be living examples of Christ, to all those they encounter. We do this by keying in on five areas of their life in which they can impact the world around them:
Sticks and stone may break your bones, but words will never hurt you was a lie. Words hurt, and they have power in them. We want to teach our students to use words of grace and compassion, which advance the kingdom of Christ, promote His Glory, and proclaim His Gospel message.
Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Christ calls us to give our lives wholly unto Him. We want to encourage our students to live for Christ, in a manner that glorifies Him, in both actions and words. To do this we want to offer examples they can follow and opportunities that can help them to grow in their faith.
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”
1 John 3:18 “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
As Christians we are called to be filled with the love of Christ. Furthermore we are called to love what Christ loves. We want to share the heart of Christ, His love, and His passions with our students so that they may be filled with His love and love the things He loves.
John 13:35 “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 John 3:23 “And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.”
Life is full of struggles and trials that are hard to handle. We recognize that our students are going to face difficulties at home, in school, and with friends that are hard to handle. Therefore we want to help equip our youth with a faith that prevails against all odds. We want to teach them about the faithfulness of God, so they can know His unending love and providence.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
1 Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Purity is often thought of in terms only of a sexual nature. However the full definition of purity is far more encompassing. Webster defines purity as: the lack of dirty or harmful substances, the lack of guilt or evil thoughts, the quality or state of being pure. We want to help our students understand what it means to live a righteous life for God, to the best of their ability, through the aid of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.”
Ephesians 5:9 “(for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth).”
[5 members of our 4:12 Youth group volunteering at VBS 2016!]