Posted by Josh Rausch

Hello everyone!

It’s officially Advent, the season in the church year where we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming Christmas holiday. As Christmas draws closer we remember and celebrate the Messiah who draws close to us, coming to save his people.

This means that our youth ministry schedule for Advent will look quite a bit different, so please watch for the weekly updates to stay in-the-loop. If you need a birds-eye view, you can visit this link to see the youth ministry calendar.

Here’s what’s happening this week:

Sr. High // Wednesday Night

Wednesday nights during Advent feature Fellowship meals & Worship services at St. Paul, which all youth are more than welcome to attend (with their families would be great!) Here’s what our schedule will look like during Advent:

5:30pm- Advent meal begins

7:00pm- Advent Worship Service

8:00pm- Youth Fellowship Time / Candlelight Service Practice*

9:00pm- Dismiss (if your student needs to leave before this, that’s just fine)

*We need all the singers / musicians we can get, so if your student is available and interested, let myself or Hope Dunbar know.

Jr. High // Sunday Nights

This Sunday, December 4th @ 6pm, all youth and their families are invited to a night of fellowship and Christmas spirit! We will meet at St. Paul and take a hay-rack ride around town singing Christmas carols for our friends and neighbors in Utica. After, we’ll spend some time together at church for a potluck and a Christmas movie.

•Please bring a dish to share for the meal time after the caroling. (Anything is great! Chili will be provided)

•Please remember to dress warmly!

•If you have a favorite Christmas carol you’d like to sing, let me know beforehand

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Lastly, I understand that Advent is a crazy-busy time, so I try to walk a fine-line with scheduling youth ministry events during this season. If it gets to be too much and you or your students just need some family time at home, please don’t hesitate to keep them back to do so. Our youth ministry should never have a feeling of obligation surrounding it, but rather a reminder of the freedom and total grace we’re given through Jesus.

A blessed Advent to you all,

Josh