We are going full throttle on establishing new, creative ways to stay connected as a youth group during this time of isolation. I will be communicating directly with your teen on what this looks like and how they can jump on board. Just a heads up for you parents who monitor your teen’s phones, I am asking them to download an app called Slack. This is just a basic communication tool that will be the foundation for everything else we will be trying to do. If you have any questions about anything, please call or contact me.
Wednesday Zoom Gathering - 6:00pm
Ive attempted to put together a time gathering that will be entertaining, engaging and meaningful… I hope your teen can jump on and join
Zoom link HERE
Dad’s pow wow and Prayer - Thursday - 7:00pm
I thought this went really well last week and so we will give it another go.
Zoom Link HERE
A Couple of Resources
This is a list I found helpful and just wanted to share.
Creating a Rhythm in your life.
We want to use this moment of disruption to grow deeper as followers of Jesus. Below you will find some simple ideas, practices, and relational rhythms designed to help you grow in your love for God and people in the midst of social distancing.
1. Start the day in prayer and scripture.
Start the day in stillness, prayer, and scripture reading before anything digital, like Instagram, the news, or television. Simply start the day in quiet with God.
2. Create a gratitude ritual.
Draw your attention to the things for which you are grateful. Perhaps you write them down each morning, or share with your family/friends around the dinner table in the evening.
3. Exercise or go for a walk.
If at all possible, exercise or go for a walk through your neighborhood. God made us as physical beings, and taking care of your physical body in this season (and all seasons) is important for your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.
4. Establish clear work boundaries.
In the midst of this disruption, many of our natural boundaries around daily habits connected to our jobs have been radically shifted. This can make “starting work” and/or “stopping work” each day exceedingly more difficult. If possible, choose a place to work from each day within your home, and only do work while you are there. Also, choose a time to begin and end work, and stick with that schedule to the degree that you are able in this season.
5. One “Focal Practice”
Find an activity in which you are able to give your complete focus without getting distracted or finding yourself concerned about the conditions of the outside world. This can be gardening, woodworking, cooking, reading, art, chess, etc.
6. Relational Touch Points
Establish a relational touch point with a close friend, family member. This is a time to draw closer in relationships, through the benefit of technology, not grow more distant.
7. Limit intake of news.
The news cycle moves at a rapid pace, but our internal tempo is not meant to live at that speed. Limit your intake to two times daily. Consider setting an alarm for once in the morning and once in the evening.
8. Limit screen time and escapist behaviors.
It will be very easy to indulge in escapist behaviors. Find ways to limit your intake of things like social media, television, sugar, staying up late, etc.
9. Prayer and Fasting Routines
We feel lead to pray and fast during this time of fear and anxiety. We want to see God heal people in our city and restore the world around us.
Right Now Media - Coming Soon
Right Now Media is a powerful tool with a collaboration of some our faith’s best communicators producing content to help you grow in God’s Love. Our entire Church Family will have access to this library in the coming days. Visit rightnowmedia.org if you want to check out what you will have available to you when this is rolled out. I think it would be a great tool for your entire family to utilize together.
Life is different… our schedules have changed, who we encounter has changed, what we are thinking about has changed, a thoughtless trip to the grocery store has changed. In the middle of all of the uncertainty the one thing we can, with complete certainty, wrap our arms around is that God has not changed. He is exactly who He has always been and will continue to unshakably be who He will always be. His promises haven’t changed, His love for us hasn’t changed and His purposes for us have not changed. What we are in the middle of is opportunity. To take life that has been shaped into something different and for many of you difficult and ask the question “God, what are you teaching me… what are you teaching my family?” We are sitting in the middle of the worlds largest classroom as God teaches… but just like any classroom, we must make the decision as to whether or not we are going to listen and learn.
I am praying for your families. Praying that this time of change and difference creates space for times to encounter God together as a family. In the coming days and weeks I will be sending resources and ideas designed to fill the space that was once reserved for the normal life you had and is now available for something different. There will be various online gathering opportunities put together with the purpose of encouraging, discussing and praying as we navigate this together. The body of Christ has a distinct purpose and although this season may make it seemingly more difficult to function, it also produces perseverance and a faith shaping mind-set… it is indeed an opportunity.
UY Online Zoom Gathering - Wednesday, March 25 - 6:00pm
If your teen has a phone and I have their number, they will be getting a text tomorrow with a link to join the Zoom Gathering. I have simply prompted them to jump on at 6:00pm tomorrow night so we can establish a sense of connectivity, share a little, and spend some time in prayer. If your student does not have a phone, or I don’t have their number, the link is below. This will probably be a better experience on a computer if one is available in your household.
Your teen can click HERE at 6:00pm on Wednesday to join the UY Zoom Gathering
(Wives, please share this with your husband if they don’t receive or read these emails)
This Thursday, March 26 at 7:00pm we will have a “zoom” gathering for all the fathers who are available and willing to jump on. The purpose of this will be to share how things are going in your families, talk about and encourage ideas to lead better during this time and pray over your families. It will be super informal and should be a great chance to just simply connect with a portion of our Church Family.
Click HERE at 7:00pm on Thursday to join the Zoom gathering
Spring Retreat Deadline
This upcoming Sunday, March 15 is the deadline for the spring retreat.
Register your teen HERE
Pay $75 HERE (be sure to select UY in the drop down menu)
No Wednesday Gathering During Spring Break
Next Wednesday, March 18 we will not be gathering as a youth group. I hope everyone has an awesome Spring Break!
Foster Parents night out - March 6 - 6:00pm-9:00pm
Our Church will be hosting the monthly night out for parents with foster children giving them a night out and also providing a fun night for the kids.
If any portion of your family is available to serve on this night please sign up HERE to help us track what kind of help we will have that night.
Hang Night with a Purpose - This Saturday March 7 - 6:00-9:00
One of the ideas that came from our leadership retreat is that we have a hang night specifically designed for them to invite people they know. The intent is to have an opportunity to extend an easy invitation to introduce someone to our group. Dinner will be provided and it will be a night designed to have fun and build relationships with new people.
Spring Retreat - March 27-29 - $75 - Deadline March 15!
We will be traveling to Woodland Christian Camp and Retreat Center in Temple, GA to spend the weekend growing together and growing our relationship with Jesus. Deadline to register will be March 15. You can register and pay below!
Register your teen HERE
Pay $75 HERE (be sure to select UY in the drop down menu)