Youth isn’t cancelled, just different.
It’s crazy to think that over the course of a week, we as a church went from releasing a statement that we were planning on meeting as a congregation, to suspending our public service in favor of an online service, and from there, suspending our public ministries (such as youth and young adult ministries).
It is an outcome that surprised many and at first glance, seems really discouraging.
But really this is a huge opportunity for the Church to step up, not just individual congregations but rather as a whole body. In the coming weeks we have the privilege of serving like we have never before, bringing hope into our communities and the love of Christ to those who are in need of a little extra. It all starts with making a network.
So what are we doing here at CCC for the youth and young adult ministries now that we can’t meet? Well, now is the time for us to learn how to do so online, creatively using social media and the internet to meet and engage with people.
In our youth ministry we will be posting regularly on Instagram and Facebook, we even began a Discord (a chatting service intended for video gamers) and a Minecraft server for our youth to be able to engage with each other and with us.
In our young adult ministry we are tossing around the idea of doing things like online watch parties where multiple small groups get together online and watch a movie.
As a community we are learning new methods of creating fellowship with one another, so we can more effectively begin to bring the Gospel to those who so desperately need it more than ever.
So what can you do to encourage youth in this time of isolation and fear? If they aren’t able to hang out with friends or go anywhere, encourage them to play games with their friends online. While it might not completely make up for hanging out in person, it certainly beats staying at home unable to do anything with others. Encourage them to talk with their youth leaders, we are all here to uplift them and to help ease the unease surrounding the current situation.
There is no better opportunity than now to spend some quality time with your kids and teens, even with the outside world seeming to be so bleak.
In keeping up with our current series on the relevance of what scripture has to say, we could not have asked for a better time to apply those teachings and become a relevant Church. Mordecai encourages Esther with the following:
“if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, […] And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NIV).
Right now we as the Church can not remain silent and stop speaking God’s truth into the world around us, we are here for such a time as this and that means God has a plan to use us in a mighty way. Engaging your community on social media whether it’s Facebook, or Instagram is a great way to begin. If you are comfortable, praying in small groups and grocery store runs for those who are stuck at home is a huge blessing.
This will be known as the time where the Church went from a building to the people of God in the eyes of our city and nation.
Ardent Youth Director