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Pastor's Notes June / July 2012

posted Dec 18, 2014, 3:08 PM by Henry McTague

Dearest Friends in Christ,

There is an issue of critical importance that I feel needs to be addressed by all of you – friends and members of Lee Church Congregational – and it involves the ministry that is offered to the children and youth of the church.  Over the past six months, two of our families have come to me with the news that they are leaving the church due to the lack of youth ministry programming for their nearly-teenaged children.  Much as I never want to lose any member of the church, I could not argue with their decisions, for our recent efforts to create and sustain programming for our middle and older youth have not been successful.  Additionally, in anticipation of the Sunday School program in September, several teachers have stepped down, leaving numerous vacancies to be filled.

The Christian Education committee has been working tirelessly on the position of Director of Youth Ministries, which is a job designed to focus primarily on offering a Youth Group program, with opportunities for mission, fellowship, and various areas of Christian growth.  That individual will also be responsible for general oversight of the Sunday School program, in conjunction with the Christian Education committee.  To date, although considerable contacts have been made, there have been no applicants; however I remain hopeful that the right candidate will come to us.

While this situation gives me great concern, it is an issue that is the responsibility of the congregation to resolve. By that I mean, that we all need to dedicate ourselves to put in place a program that will address not only the spiritual and educational needs of our youngest children, but also the needs of our youth as they approach young adulthood.  As the Lee Church has developed and supported a wonderful, thriving music ministry which blesses us each and every Sunday, so we need to put an equal amount of energy toward our youth ministry.

I am asking each and every one of you to pray about this critical issue for the next two weeks.  Prayerfully ask God what you have to contribute and listen carefully for the answer.  On CE Sunday, June 10th, there will be a form in the bulletin for you to complete and indicate how you will become involved.  Volunteers are needed to teach Sunday School, work in the nursery, or be Sunday School superintendents, and the more people who become involved, the better our children will be served. 

Recently I was told that I have not asked enough of this congregation – so I am asking now.  I cannot accomplish this alone and neither can the CE Committee.  We must all pull together, discern where we can make a difference, and build a vibrant youth ministry together.  Pray…and God will show us the way.

Blessings,

Pastor Gail

 

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