Youth Ministry

This Week

Bible Study Options – Growing
Wednesdays with JAM and MESH. We are currently studying the parables. The material is presented to the entire group then we separate for deeper discussion. Mike Neumann is leading our Middle School discussion and Jodi Sorenson is leading the High School discussion. We meet in the couch room! JAM 6:30 – 7:30 MESH 6:30 – 8:00
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 (Fall 2021). 5th, 6th and 8th graders are taught by Mike Neumann and Adrianne McGregor. 7th Grade is taught by Vicar Lee. High School is being taught by a new team which includes; Barb Coen, Autumn Knoernschild, Gerald Luecke, Ginny Wilson, Jakob Yandell, and Jodi Sorenson.

Call Extended: Thank you for your faithful prayers in our search for our new DCE (Director of Christian Education)! The congregation voted this past Sunday (September 5) to extend a call to Christine Ekberg. Please lift Christine and her family as she prayerfully considers where God would have her serve. We know that the Lord will send us a great leader who will lead the amazing youth and families of our congregation.

News

Peace Retreat – Oct 2-3
We have 13 youth, 3 adults traveling to Mt Lebanon Retreat Center in Cedar Hill. We will be gathering with middle schooler from congregations from all over North Texas to break from their schedule to find rest and renewal in Jesus Christ. Thank you, Mike and Adrianne, for serving our Middle Schoolers.

“Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

MYM – October 10th
Mark your calendars for our next MYM! 5:30 – 7:30PM Thanks to the youth for stepping up to lead. If you are wanting to lead an MYM, let me know.

Youth Gathering News – Did You Miss the Meeting on September 19?
No worries! Turn in your registration this week and your $150 nonrefundable deposit at MESH or Sunday School.

YOUTH 4 Truth! Wednesdays, 6:15PM – 7:00 PM
6-12 graders are encouraged to serve Jesus with their gift of song on Wednesday evenings. We are super excited for our youth to use their gifts to share Jesus and to take a leadership role in youth ministry.

High School Seniors
We are extremely blessed to have amazing adults who want you to succeed in your post high school endeavors. We will be providing several opportunities this year for you to meet to learn the process of college applications, scholarships, basic how to’s for getting ready for this next stage of your education, and more. Our first meeting will be October 3rd, 6:30 – 7:30PM.

Artists
We are looking for some faith inspired artwork from our students. We are in the process of decorating the youth room and would like to highlight the talents of our students who draw, paint, write poetry, photography, graphic design…any medium. Art that shares Jesus with others. It will be framed and hung in our artist corner. Encourage your artists to participate!

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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.