Church Youth Group
Our Church Youth Group, for youth in grades 6-12, meets Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30p.m. at The Bridge (located in Rosebud Mining complex at the Carroll County Fairgrounds). Contact the church office or Roni Knotts for more information.
SOLID ROCK Recap
I would like to thank the District Youth for supporting Solid Rock Retreat. For those of you that do not know what Solid Rock Retreat is, it is a weekend retreat held at the FFA Camp Muskingum for junior high and high school students that was held the weekend of March 2nd. For the weekend, we had a band from Malone University, and our speaker was Joe Burkhardt who spoke about the meaning of placing our identity in Christ. In addition, the youth got to choose between three classes that met twice during the weekend; the first class time was geared towards education, and the second was geared towards experience. The three classes that were offered were spiritual healing, spiritual gifts, and spiritual disciplines; all three focused on helping the youth grow in their relationship with Christ. The retreat was extremely powerful for the 55 youth that were present.
I would like to share with you what I saw during the weekend that really stood out to me. The thing that stood out the most to me was that the youth took ownership of their faith both personally and as a community of believers, encouraging and supporting one another in powerful ways. I have been working in youth ministry for eleven years and full time youth ministry for seven, so needless to say I have spent countless weekends at retreats and camps over the years. But the thing that I noticed about this particular weekend was that they prayed over each other with authority and power like I have never seen before. It is not uncommon for youth to come up to me or other leaders and want prayer during weekends like this, but that is not what I saw over the weekend. What I witnessed was youth going to other youth and requesting prayer, and more importantly, youth feeling confident enough to pray with power and authority over their brother or sister. It was amazing for me because I have taught my youth for years that I am nothing special; I do not have a special connection with God because I am a youth pastor. I do not have magic words when I pray, and God does not listen more to me than He does to them. But during this weekend I witnessed youth that actually believed this, youth that prayed over their fellow students with the faith and authority that is rarely seen in Christians three times their age. I got the great honor of standing back and watching youth that I have taught over the years speak into the lives of their fellow students by praying God’s identity into them. I watched as these students spoke hope and love into each other because they were open to the Holy Spirit’s voice. I cannot communicate the excitement, empowerment, hope, joy, and love I felt as I watched youth follow the lead of the Spirit and speak the word of God into each other; it was beyond words. For all of this I would like to thank the district for helping support this weekend for it would not been possible without your support. I thank you immensely.
If you are interested in bringing youth or supporting the retreat for next year, it will be the first weekend in March (March 1-3, 2019). I highly recommend bringing youth as it is an amazing weekend of worship and learning.