Youth Ministry

This Week

Dear Parents,

Please continue to pray for the leader God has prepared for youth ministry at Messiah. We have had quite the journey of searching for our DCE/Youth Leader. I think the most important aspect of our search is that we listen for the Lord’s leading, pushing aside individual own expectations. I personally pray that He bring us one that loves Him and His Word, for one that will include and welcome all our incredibly unique youth, their families, and their friends, for one who will work diligently, cooperatively, and in faith filled brotherhood with our church staff, and for one who will embrace our congregation as family. That is a big ask, not impossible. We serve a Big God who does big things for his people.

Thank you for your incredible support during this time of searching. It really is a blessing to serve your students. It has been so much fun getting to know them better. They are amazing. We currently have a team of 14 adults volunteering regularly with our youth! I couldn’t do this without them…really. It’s a great team!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We are needing some help! Below is a list of things/needs as we move forward. Give me a shout if you are able to assist with anything.

To do’s and Needs:
• Looking for 2 more adults for Wednesdays, one each for JAM and MESH
• Sign up for Six Flags…It’s a family event for Middle School and High School Youth!
• Sign up for Christmas Parties

No JAM/MESH on November 24th. I would encourage you all to join me in worship on Thanksgiving Eve, 7:00 PM

News

JAM/MESH changes for Advent
JAM will start in the chapel with the family service at 6:00pm. They will assist Amy with activities. When they are finished in the chapel, they will move to the youth room to discuss the theme and focus on preparing for the Christmas celebration! 6:00 – 7:30PM
MESH will start in the youth room at 6:30, then we will move to the sanctuary to worship together at 7:00PM. After service we will return to the youth room to wrap up with focus on the Advent season. 6:30 – 8:00PM

Six Flags Outing – December 29th
We are heading to Six Flags! Cost for ticket is $22 due by December 12th. Food is on your own. This is a special group rate. Parents and families of youth are welcome to join us. Please sign up with this link http://evite.me/aSXACU5R7n If you have a season pass, please indicate when you sign up. If you would like to chaperone/drive please let me know. It’s going to be great fun!

Next MYM Youth Christmas Parties – December 12th
You are asked to bring a snack to share, a white elephant gift (no more than $10), and 2 canned food items to donate to network. Both parties will include a Christmas Sweater contest so pick a great one. Join us a fun time of fellowship as we celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Middle School will be hosted by the Spieler’s. The time will be 1:00PM – 3:00PM. Sign up here.

High School will be hosted by the Pritchett’s. The time will be 4:00PM – 6:30PM. Sign up here.

Thank you to the Pritchett’s and Spieler’s for hosting!

YOUTH 4 Truth! Will no meet this week

Bible Study Options – Growing
Sunday School hour is 9:40 – 10:40 5th -12th grade meets in the couch room for announcements then we separate by grade for class. 5th, 6th and 8th graders are taught by Mike Neumann and Johnathan Maldonado. 7th Grade is taught by Vicar Lee and Adrianne McGregor. High School is being taught by; Barb Coen, Autumn Knoernschild, Gerald Luecke, Ginny Wilson, and Jodi Sorenson.
Social Media
Do you follow the youth social media pages? We have closed Facebook group and Instagram page where we post lots of pictures and share information. On Instagram you can find us at @mym_plano and the Facebook group is @mym_plano. Join us and follow us.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
email: jodisorenson@aol.com My cell: 214-649-4720 I have great flexibility in my days and am reachable any time.

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MYM Christmas in July

MYM

Messiah Youth Ministry

Every Second Sunday of the month, 5:30-7:30 p.m. for grades 5-12 in our couch room!

All of our students enjoy fellowship and learning God’s Word during MYM.  This year we will be having theme nights once a month and we have extended our time for MYM, which will be lots of fun for students! We will provide dinner, have fellowship from 5:30 to 6, and have a large group game followed by a devotion based on a movie clip led by Jodi Sorenson, Michael Neumann, or a youth PEER trained leader, from 6:30 to 7:30. 

MESH-In-Person Only

Wednesday Nights: 6:30 to 8 p.m. for grades 9-12

MESH is a Bible study led by Jodi Sorenson.  We spend the first half of our time together hanging out, catching up, eating snacks, and laughing really loudly.  The second half is spent studying a book of the Bible.  We meet in the comfiest room at Messiah – the couch room!

Group of church youth against white wall

JAM-In-Person Only

Tuesday Nights, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for grades 5-8

Michael Neumann leads this Tuesday night gathering where Junior High students (5th through 8th graders) can enjoy fun, fellowship, and prayerful support apart from their busy school schedules. We pray, have a devotion, and play lots of fun games which provide students with a nice break in the middle of the week from school and extracurricular activities!

Confirmation Camp

Messiah approaches Confirmation in a unique way. First of all, we ask that our youth come to Bible Class on Sunday mornings for regular strengthening in the Word. Our fifth graders study the Old Testament, our sixth graders study the New Testament, and our seventh graders study Luther’s Small Catechism.  Rather than adding to that a weekly confirmation class, we’ve created a yearly camp experience. Every summer we gather our students who have just completed fifth, sixth, or seventh grade and we take them to Camp Briarwood, where we run a Confirmation Camp for four days. We also take along some of our fantastic senior high youth who volunteer to serve and  mentor our younger students, while helping in various ways throughout the camp. During this time, our students have devotions together, worship God, spend serious time with our pastors and DCEs studying God’s word and the Catechism, do service projects, make crafts, play games, eat surprisingly tasty camp food, laugh at everything, and grow together. We’ve found that this time is often one of the best relational and spiritual memories our youth carry with them.