"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4.12 (NIV)
The Youth Group at Grace currently consists of thirteen upper- middle school, high school and college kids. The group meets on most Sundays (except during summer) after the church service either with Mrs. Jayanthi Moses or me. Over the last year, we have studied the Gospel of John, discussed various topics using youth curriculum, and held practices for the youth presentations at the church services for various occasions. Our objective in working with the youth is to give them the opportunity to be involved in the church, as they learn God’s word, work on their own faith and bond with friends who can influence them in their walk with God. They are a fun and energetic group who, given the opportunity, make every effort to use their varied talents. Many of them are members of the church choir, part of the worship team, teach in the Sunday School, and/or volunteer for the VBS in various roles. The young people are vital to the church community as they bring diversity and are the future of the church. They enable us to look beyond traditions that sometimes spark division, and kindle a new perspective to unity, faith and worship.
Uphold the youth in prayer: From studies to peer pressure to body image, the youth have a lot to deal with in their teenage years, and hence, we as a church community need to support not just them, but their parents as well in prayer. The youth need to recognize that they are God’s masterpieces, receive Him as their Lord and Savior and know He has a plan and purpose for their lives.
Compliment and encourage their efforts: We all love compliments! Compliment them when they do something good or participate at church; in addition, encourage them when they can do better. We are often so vocal about things we do not like, but we do not always speak up when things are good. They want to know they are accepted; we all want to be.
Lead by example: When we, as a church, grow in the knowledge of God, reach out to the people around us with the love of God, and live lives that please Him in word and deed, only then can we inspire the young people around us to desire a personal relationship with Christ.