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September 27, 2018

First, a big thank you for everyone who came last night to attend our annual parent meeting. I sincerely appreciate your time, your comments, your encouragements, and your desire for investment in our youth group!

For those of you that couldn’t make it last night, here’s a little recap on what we talked about:

We first spent a little bit of time recapping the upcoming youth calendar. There are some events that do need some parent involvement (drivers needed for the pumpkin patch, volunteers needed for Trunk or Treat). If you’d like to be involved, please do let me know! If not, I’ll be reaching out to YOU!

After spending a bit more time recapping the calendar, and our goals for youth group, we spent the majority of the time talking about Family Worship. It’s something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, mostly due to my desire to be doing more one on one discipling with our youth, but realizing that my time is severely limited to do as much as I’d like. That said, at EBC, we believe that Parents are the Primary Spiritual Shepherd for their kids, which means that a big focus of mine needs to be equipping you to do that job. That said, I want to challenge you as parents to start up a Family Worship/Devotional time. It doesn’t need to be long, but it should be something consistent that gets you and your kids into the Word together, applying it and letting it create discussion and conversation as the Lord leads. I also encourage you to pray together, perhaps using the Voice of the Martyrs app which gives you a specific person, and country to pray for where there are persecuted believers. If you’d like more resources or information on how to start something like this, please check out this little info resource sheet I made here, OR set up a meeting with me! I’d love to talk to you about how to start something like this if you don’t already have a time to worship in the home together as a family.

Lastly, I expressed my deep desire to be more connected with you all. The more I know of what happens at home, the more I can speak to heart issues with your kids either during small group times, or as we apply the scripture that we read and study weekly at youth group. I’d love for you to reach out to me or Emily with questions, concerns, or struggles you’re having with parenting or anything of the sort. This way, I can proactively resource you for your current situation, or at least get together with your student to talk and provide a perspective from someone outside their family.

Categories: Pastor Ryan's Youth Update, Youth Parables