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.