Hey First Family,
These first weeks of September have been marked by Kickoffs in our NewGen ministries. First, we had our Preteens and Youth Kickoff BBQ, followed by a Pancake Breakfast and School-Age parent orientation the next Sunday. We are so grateful to the many families--parents, children, youth and preteens--who participated and came out to connect with us and our teams! It is truly a gift to be in community with one another. These kickoffs also served as important times where we could share concerning our Fall calendars and hopes for this upcoming ministry season with parents.
As we embark on this Fall season, we are looking to build on the goals that we set last year of community and discipleship. To cultivate community, we will be facilitating Friday night activities and Sunday morning spaces, where preteens and youth can connect with one another and their leaders in safe and fun environments. We are also keen to enrich the relationships of our volunteer team in children's ministry by regularly gathering together to pray before services on Sundays.
In regards to discipleship, we are desiring for each person to encounter and follow Jesus. And so, a key initiative we are focusing on this year in preteens and youth is small groups. We believe that these smalls groups will not only strengthen the relationships in our community but will also play an important role in growing our understanding of what Jesus is calling us to. We will also be promoting and undertaking several service opportunities for our preteens, youth and families to do all together as serving is an important part of discipleship.
And last but certainly not least, we desire for our NewGen ministries to be ministries where we partner with and equip parents to play their irreplaceable role as the primary spiritual leaders of their children. We are excited to be hosting a parent seminar on dealing with anxiety in children and youth, this Fall and look forward to hosting more seminars in the upcoming year.
Here is how you can partner with us. First, we need and would love your prayers. Pray that our children, preteens, youth, and volunteers may grow in their community and discipleship. Pray particularly for those who are new or who perhaps feel on the outside. Second, consider joining us at either a specific event or perhaps in a more regular space. We are looking forward to a family service day at Gleaners and for families serving together at Shelter this Fall. If you are a parent we encourage you to save the date for the Parent Seminar we are hosting on Friday, November 15.
Thanks to all of you who have prayed and who participate in the NewGen Ministries. We are so thankful to be a part of this community and excited to see what God will do in and amongst us as we follow Jesus.
Daniel Foster Fabiano, Director of Children and Preteens Ministries
Filipe Balieiro, Director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries