Our Savior Teen Ministry
OSL Teen Ministry Update
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I am open to suggestions for a July teen gathering. Last week eight teens and 4 adults went to Breakout, an escape room in Lansing. We enjoyed dinner together, a devotion, prayer, and some more fun playing Sardines back at OSL. So for July….Pool party? Movie night? Lugnuts game? If any parents are willing to host us for an event, let me know.
I believe that when we encourage our teens and build them up, they are more open when talking to us. They also develop more self esteem and confidence. I urge you to take a few minutes and read this article.
OSL teen ministry is planning a mentoring opportunity for all of the 2018-19 freshmen students. Freshmen need strong adults in their lives who they can look up to, talk with, and learn from. In addition to the encouragement from parents, it is good to have role models who can help these teens remain strong in the faith – remembering their confirmation vows throughout high school and beyond. I am excited to offer this opportunity as well as additional details later this summer! If you have questions or would like to be a part of this mentoring planning process, please let me know.
May Parent Resource
This month, I want to provide you with a little different resource for you to use with your teens. The Summer Missional Living Family Challenge is for all OSL members. The idea behind this challenge is to have families organize and host a gathering or service project for your neighborhood this summer. We are called to join Jesus in His mission to redeem and resore people to a right relationship with God. Part of that involves getting to know people right in your own neighborhood. In the church lobby are several Missional Living Family Challenge brochures containing a variety of social gathering and service project ideas. It also includes tips for success in planning an event.
Grab a brochure the next time you are at church and take a look at the ideas. Then take some time with your kids and plan a neighborhood event together. It teaches your teen hospitality, organization, planning, social skills, and listening skills. It also keeps them aware of the need to be friendly (neighborly) with those God has placed around them. Getting to know people – listening to their stories, being aware of their needs – allows friendships to develop and flourish.
This fall we will offer an opportunity to gather together on a Sunday morning during the 9:30am Bible class hour and listen to the results of people who tried it this summer. Perhaps your family can share the way God used you to bless your neighborhood this summer.
At a time when an already confusing youth culture is changing quickly, CPYU helps parents, youth workers, educators, and others understand teenagers and their culture so that they will be better equipped to help children and teens navigate the challenging world of adolescence.
Founded in 1989 by Walt Mueller, CPYU has developed an international reputation as a voice providing cutting-edge information, resources and analysis on today’s youth culture.
The mission of CPYU is to work with churches, schools, and community organizations to build stronger relationships between young people and those charged with helping them grow into healthy adulthood.
This mission is accomplished by:
- Helping parents understand and respond to the complex world of their children and teens from a distinctively Christian point of view.
- Equipping teenagers to deal with the challenges of adolescence.
- Raising the youth culture awareness of youth workers, parents and educators, thereby helping them increase their effectiveness with parents, children and teens.”
This is a terrific place to connect with today’s youth by finding out what is popular right now with teens. There are podcasts and articles on nearly 300 topics that have relevance for today’s teens. You can find topics ranging from acceptance and anxiety to smart phones, peer pressure, identity, sexuality, and virtually any other topic that can affect our kids today. There are also trend alerts to keep you aware of the latest potentially harmful fads taking place in youth culture.
Join us on Sunday mornings (9:30-10:30am – September – May) for Bible study. There is a 6th-8th class and a 9th-12th class.
For more information, contact Dave Wright, Family Life Director via email or at 517-882-8665