Teens on Display
Often, in today’s world, teens get a bad rap. Selfish, only caring about themselves, and lazy are all words we might expect to hear in reference to teens. I feel blessed to be working with a group of students who do not fit these stereotypes. As many of you know, Pearce Student Ministry alum and volunteer leader, Beth Honan, left this month for a seven-month mission adventure to Romania. Our teens pulled together to put on a variety show and dinner to help raise money for Beth’s trip. Teens did all of the set up, served the entire meal, did the take-down, and performed all of the acts, including singing, dance, and various skits. I am so proud of these students. They took it upon themselves to serve and to care for Beth – clearly these are not your stereo-typical teens.
“I’m Leavin’ on a Jet Plane”
I remember like it was yesterday, a conversation I had with Beth Honan, Becca (Sadler) Stephenson, and Abby Monroe, while eating in a Romanian restaurant. Much of the conversation revolved around the ideas these young ladies had about how they may include a missional piece to their lives. For Beth, that specifically meant investigating what life as a missionary might be like. Now, a year and a half later, Beth has managed to graduate college early, so that she can participate in a seven-month mission post in Sighisoara, Romania. It is fascinating to see how God leads us when we listen to His still, small voice, and when we are obedient. On January 12, the Pearce congregation had a chance to pray for Beth and to send her off. On January 16, she stepped onto a plane, but it was a bigger step than that. It was a step into the unknown for her, but her Father knows, and He has her in His hands. To follow Beth’s adventures, check out her blog at Romaniaheart.blogspot.com.
The lives of our teens are getting more and more crowded with sports, school work, musicals, club sports, and so much more. Our kids are over programmed and over scheduled, with very little time to relax and simply be kids. Our weekly ministry tries to build some of this in, with open gym time, but often what our students really need is an extended amount of time to let down. This year, our teen retreat will be February 21-23at Penn York Camp in Pennsylvania. The cost is $80 and includes transportation, meals at the camp, and snow tubing. Get a form at church or on the website. Last year, some of our students made a snowman in my likeness; I can’t wait to see what this year brings.
Jr. Teens, for the first time in recent history, we will be offering an overnight just for you! We will be going to “Christian Camping Services” log cabin in Bath, NY, on March 28-29. Details will be forthcoming, but mark it on your calendar now. Cost is $30.