It’s difficult to believe that we’ve already reached the end of summer, but we have. And wow, what an amazing summer it has been! The NWYG has been extremely active these past 3 months, travelling all over the city (and even the country) for one activity or another, and we’ve grown closer to God and each other in the process.
We’ve had a lot of fun in this season. We’ve bowled like champs, dominated at mini-golf, and eaten our weight in snow cones on Wednesday nights. We’ve welcomed new 6th graders, grown closer with our friends from Bay Area Church, and eaten more pizza than you could imagine at our Tuesday Night Hangouts. We’ve taken over movie theaters, the beach, and even the Thee’s backyard, and we’ve had a blast doing it. Yet, for all the fun we’ve had this summer, it’s the growth in our relationship with our Lord we’re most thrilled about.
You see, summers can be times of great growth or unfortunate stagnation in our faith. We can be intentional about spending time with God, or we can spend a whole bunch of time doing nothing. However, the Youth Group has done everything we can to make sure we put God first in our summer. From growing deep during a week of camp, to serving well on a week of mission in Nashville, and at every class, lesson, and devotional in between, we’ve worked to put God first. Yes, we have a lot of fun together, and praise God for that. But it’s all for nothing if Christ isn’t at the front of our activities!
We hope to carry this mindset and momentum into the new school year. Parents, as you get back into routines and life goes back to normal, take the time to ask, “How can we put God before everything else at home?” In return, know that our youth ministry will be asking “How can we put God first in everything we do?” Together, we can lead our teens to Christ in big and bold ways. I’m so thankful for what we’ve learned this summer and for the ways we’ve grown, both with God and with each other. But the work isn’t finished yet, so let’s keep it going!
-Alia, Casey, and the NWYG