by Jeremy Metz (from September Newsletter)
Central Manor Kids and Central Manor Youth Ministries combined for a busy summer full of meaningful opportunities to assist our families with discipling their children in the truth of Scriptures and engaging families in our community with the gospel.
Central Manor Kids Ministry hosted VBS from 6/14 – 6/18, and Soccer Camp from 7/12 – 7/15. Through both of these events, we had wonderful opportunities to teach children the truth of the gospel, to have fun, and to build meaningful, lasting relationships between our volunteers and kids. I am particularly grateful for our many volunteers who invest so much time and energy into our kids ministry for the sake of the gospel. As we look forward to the Fall, AWANA begins on September 8, and we are hosting a Father / Son Camp Out on 9/24, as we seek to equip fathers to take an active role in discipling their children. In our Sunday School program, we are beginning a new three-year curriculum called, The Gospel Story, which will take our kids through the Bible at age-appropriate levels, as we seek to establish a strong foundation of the themes and content of the Bible throughout the pre-school and elementary years.
Central Manor Youth Ministry also had a wonderful summer with opportunities to minister to teens in our church and for our teens to minister to others. Many of our youth volunteered with kids ministries over the summer, and we were able to take a group to help the Crans family with a week of summer camp at The Camp at Old Mill in the end of June. We also encourage our teens to be actively involved in their church, and you can see many of our youth serving in regular ministries, such as nursery, Kids Church, First Impressions Team, Set Up / Tear Down teams, Worship Team, and others. As the school year kicks off, we are looking forward to our regular Sunday Night Youth Group and Wednesday Night Bible Study, as we seek to help our youth grow in their faith.
I am grateful for your prayers for Central Manor Kids and for Central Manor Youth as integral ministries of our church. Here are some specific ways that you can pray:
- Pray for new believers. It is estimated that 64% of Christians confessed their faith before turning 18 years old.
- Pray for spiritual growth. We are aiming to build up a strong foundation of biblical knowledge during the elementary years and increased personal commitment to faith during teen years.
- Pray about ways you can reach out to our kids and teens. Meaningful, inter-generational relationships are incredibly valuable to help kids and teens feel a sense of meaningful belonging in church and commitment beyond high school graduation.