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11/12/2007

Teen Is Not a 4-Letter Word


I remain clueless as to why it is difficult to get adults to assist with youth programs for their churches. Many parents want to run and hide when the idea of working with middle and high school students is brought up. Yet, I have found working at youth events to be some of the most rewarding time in my ministry.

I just spent the weekend serving as a spiritual director for New Beginnings #32, a middle school retreat of the Diocese of Georgia. I love these weekends, especially as they are led by teens for teens with the talks given by teens and small groups led by teens. Adult participants and leaders are on hand, but their roles are in the background. The real work of ministry is done by the teen leaders.

At New Beginnings, there were three of us taking part from King of Peace. Kalyn led the games and gave a wonderful talk on friendships. Kyle was a participant attending his second New Beginnings and I served as one of two priests. I have served at several New Beginnings weekends as well as other diocesan youth events. Once again it was an amazing weekend of listening to what is going on in the lives of teens. Much of it is heartbreaking, as you hear the teenagers side of a broken home with a teen working to adjust as his or her parents' marriage falls apart. You also get to see up close the real work that goes into a teen deciding what they believe rather than just accepting all their parents' beliefs as their own.

Through it all, I enjoy watching that transition as children work their way to adulthood in the environment of Honey Creek, our camp and conference center where the teens do such a good job of providing each other with a base of love and support.

The best thing an Episcopal parent in south Georgia can do for their child is to encourage him or her to take part in Diocese of Georgia Youth Events. And for adults who are interested in assisting in ministry for and with teens, taking part in chaperoning these weekends is also highly recommmended.

Upcoming events are:
Winter Blast (grades 9-college), December 14-16 at Honey Creek

Happening #80 (grades 10-12), January 11-13 at Honey Creek

Convention Lock-In, Augusta (grades 8-12), February 8-9 in Augusta

High School Work Weekend (grades 9-college), February 29-March 2 at Honey Creek

Spring Fling (grades 6-9), March 7-9 at Honey Creek

New Beginnings #33 (grades 7-9), April 3-6 at Honey Creek

peace,
Frank+
The Rev. Frank Logue, Pastor






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3 Comments:

  • At 11/12/2007 11:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The weekend looked like a great success for our youth and adults!

    I was not aware that you needed chaperones. I didn't even know about the retreat until last week. I am usually the only adult at home on the weekends in our house, but I could have worked something out to at least be there part time. Maybe my middle schooler could have participated part of the time too.

    I so enjoy high schoolers and middle schoolers. Next time, just ask and we'll work something out.

     
  • At 11/12/2007 11:41 AM, Blogger King of Peace said…

    Part time participation is, due to the nature of the events, not possible. You have to be there from beginning to end and all of the activities in between 24 hours. That said, it is a wonderful opportunity and one for which some training is required in that the leaders must have taken Safeguarding God's Children, which is offered by the Diocese and announced at King of Peace directly to those taking part in assisting with the youth group. So the place to start is with helping Jay and Alison with our youth, getting the training and then looking ahead at the schedule above and picking a weekend to which you can commit. Brochures on all the events are always available in the hall at King of Peace. The events have been poorly advertised in our church. I'll take the blame for that and seek to improve.

     
  • At 11/14/2007 1:17 PM, Anonymous denise said…

    Don't be too hard on yourself, that's my pastor you're talking about!!!

     

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