Looking out the window of my office and listening to children make one thing very clear…summer break is here! I am grateful for a God who designs rhythm into life, who gives us change of pace. As we head into the change of pace of summer, I would like to mention a few items to ask you to be much in prayer about for our church and community.
While many of us slow our pace down, youth ministry kicks into high gear. Aside from the regular, important weekly gatherings, the summer provides more opportunities for our youth to gather and learn, minister, and grow spiritually. Camps, day trips, and mission opportunities are all a part of a summer youth ministry agenda. Be in prayer for Jason and Amanda, the youth committee, and the young people as they grow together and in the Lord this summer.
For our children, summer will bring some special opportunities. Again, there are wonderful weekly times for them to gather to learn about and grow in their faith. There will also be a couple of excellent events throughout the summer for children and families. A special treat will be our Vacation Bible School event this year. Hometown Nazareth-Where Jesus Grew Up will allow our children to spend some time learning about the life of Jesus as a child! Rachel and the children’s committee have been hard at work planning this wonderful summer tradition. Listen and respond as God leads you to be a part of this ministry with our children.
As the summer descends upon us, keep in mind each week: as we see new faces in our worship, let’s make them feel welcomed; as teachers are preparing wonderful learning opportunities for your whole family, let’s continue to learn. God desires to be more at home in your life. Let’s make room for him. Enjoy the summer!