This past weekend the youth joined youth groups from approximately 14 other North Carolina CBF churches in a time of worship and fellowship in West Virginia. We arrived on Friday night. First stop was check-in at Winterplace, where we met with the retreat organizer and picked up our equipment for Saturday. Although Saturday was very cold, it was a great day for skiing and snowboarding. Conditions were super and everyone had a good time. After a day of fellowship on the slopes, we all met at Tamarack center for a wonderful meal and Bible study, then a moving time of worship with the entire group. Worship leaders Katie and John Callaway did a terrific job of helping us examine the idea of community as believers. Using the story of Ruth, Katie led us to open our minds to faithful, unconditional love for others and providing a true sense of belonging within our communities. Sunday morning continued the theme of “Called Together” with worship that included communion. The send-off was a challenge to love others the way Christ has loved us.
On Friday, the youth will be traveling to West Virginia to join with other youth groups from North Carolina CBF churches in a time of fellowship, worship, and Bible study. This is an annual event provided by our state fellowship and youth leadership. We attended this retreat last year and had a wonderful time and are looking forward to another special time together. Our theme this year is “Called Together”, emphasizing our need to come together as the people of God. Please be in prayer for us as we travel and participate in this event.
The youth are collecting coats. Our goal is to provide some warmth for any in our community who are without a coat this winter. We will also take sweaters, hoodies, and other jackets. So if you have a coat or jacket that you no longer wear, bring it to the Loving Kindness Room. Please make sure that it is laundered before you bring it! We will be collecting coats through Wednesday, the 19th.
We will be having a Youth Lock-In on Friday, December 21st starting at 7 PM in the Mission and Fellowship Center. The youth will be helping to organize and pass out coats collected in the coat drive.
Your family is invited to come and take part in our Sylva 1st Wednesday evening programs. There is something for everyone! Our Wednesday night programs will resume on August 22. Supper will be provided (youth and children eat for FREE!) at 5:30 PM followed at 6:00 PM by Mission Friends for Pre-K and Kindergarten and our SHINE ministry for grades 1-6. 7th – 12th Graders will participate in Youth Group and programs designed for their age level.
SHINE, for grades 1-6, includes children’s choir, drama class and a liturgical dance class. The “SHINE” ministry is designed to help children learn to actively participate in worship through these disciplines. These groups assist in leading worship on Sunday morning from time to time as a part of their spiritual development. This is a time packed full of fellowship and working together to learn how we praise God through different elements of worship, with the focus on music, drama, creative movement and art.
Mission Friends is a time for our Pre-K and kindergarteners to learn about how Christians are spreading God’s word around the globe and in our own country. They will learn to pray for these missionaries and find ways that they can help with some of those ministries. It is an opportunity for them to learn and take part in supporting mission efforts around the world.
After supper, Youth in grades 7-12 will participate in Youth Group which includes Bible Study, creative worship, game nights, discipleship, and chances to participate in ministry to others. All this is designed to build community and provide spiritual growth for those in their teen years. This time is informal, and questions are encouraged. The teen years are a time of searching and becoming the adults they will be. A safe place to ask questions about faith and spiritual growth is essential as they grow in their own walks with Christ.
And, of course, there is also an Adult Bible Study which meets in the Mission and Fellowship Center immediately following our prayer time at 6:00 PM. Our Bible Study provides parents and other adults a chance to go deeper into scripture, searching out the truths that shape our faith. There is truly something for everyone in the family!
We invite you to make this time a priority for your family as we grow together as a community of faith!
Mission education for our school aged children and youth begins at 4:30. R.A.s (Royal Ambassadors) is for boys in grades 1-6 and G.A.s (Girls in Action) is for girls grades 1-6. Like our Mission friends, they will be learning how to pray for and support missionaries at home and abroad. These groups also engage in activities that allow them to participate in missions through local projects and collecting money and supplies for missionaries in other places.
At the same 4:30 time slot, the youth participate in their own mission education experince. Through Acteens or Youth on Mission, youth grades 7-12 learn about our mission endeavors, and how to pray for our missionaries. They will also actively participate in mission projects both local and around our state.
Kelly and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to the Passport offering this year. Your contributions will help fund some very important ministries! Kelly and I divided the bottles between the youth and the children. The youth ended up donating $379.00 to the Passport offering. The total collected at Passport Choices in Greensboro was $1,327.00. There were 11 churches contributing and 28.5% of that offering came from FBC Sylva! The children donated $408.00 in Montreat. The total collected in Montreat was a little over $1,600.00 and roughly 25% of that came from FBC Sylva. There is also a little more (roughly $100) that was in the bottles as checks written to the church. These will be sent on to Passport as an additional offering. Thank you all so much for your willingness to help with these mission offerings. Your generosity will go far in ministering to those in need.
- Carol Cloer
The youth are going white water rafting on Friday, July 20. If you plan to go, please contact Carol Cloer by Tuesday, July 17 so we can have a number to make the reservation on Wednesday, July 18. Meeting time on Friday will be determined by the time they give us when we reserve a spot on Wednesday. We will be using the company Appalachian Rivers and will be rafting the Nantahala.