The purpose of Michigan’s State Youth Ministry is to support all volunteer and paid youth leaders, their local ministries, and provide avenues for evangelism, youth, and leader growth and leadership development.
Dear friends in ministry!
As a retired elementary teacher, I am commiserating with teachers who are concerned with their students’ current absence from formal instruction in school and what the future holds. Also, as a youth leader, I am equally concerned over the spiritual, emotional, and physical welfare of the students that we call “ours”, and those in our communities.
I’m excited to hear (via text, facebook and conversations) that many of you are being very creative in your communication with students. Many are using skype, messaging, text, zoom, youtube & other social media platforms. If these aren’t available to you, or not comfortable, please don’t forget to pick up the phone & make a couple calls per day or evening- the students have a lot of time now! Notes by regular mail would be a treat too.
Think outside the box- just because you can’t be together for Bible Study for awhile, make assignments to read & questions to answer that can be done online, etc.
I will pass on some good tips and resources as they come my way. Today’s resources are:
- Group - “Digital Strategies in the Age of Social Distancing” and FREE 8 week devotional resource “The Jesus Centered Life”
- orange STUDENTS - many resources to download, read and use now in this virus time.
My prayers are for YOU! I am taking 6-7 of you each day and praying for you and your ministries. If there are specific things I can pray for, please let me know!
Connie Graham, Director of Youth Ministry
Church of God Ministries - Youth
June through August - Our Middle School and High School camping program, as well as children’s camping, is held at Warner Camp, near Grand Junction, Michigan. The Directors and many counselors are Michigan youth leaders who highly value this summer experience for youth. The facility is great, the setting beautiful, and the cost very reasonable! Packets of registration materials will be sent to churches after the first of the year. For individual camp dates, check out the Warner Camp web site - www.warnercamp.com; (269) 434-6844.
Every year a group of approximately 40 -50 youth gather monthly for rehearsals, discipleship, and mentoring. This choir then travels several weekends during the year, touring to some of our state churches, and performing concerts for a week during the summer. They also are part of the SYC weekend. Information on joining the group is available at the State Youth Convention and St. Louis Camp Meeting. For other questions, contact Dick Forsman at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com.
This exciting event, primarily for Senior High students, is a three year leadership training event where students investigate and learn about such things as their Spiritual Gifts, prayer, Bible study, accountability, and sharing their personal stories.
All this is done in a two day setting of fun, hands on activities, worship, eating, and making many new friends.