This past Sunday we hosted a collegiate student luncheon after worship. About twenty UVA students and our host church members enjoyed a delicious lunch of oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits plus a variety of desserts. During the luncheon we also matched students with church families participating in our “adopt-a-student” ministry. Many thanks to John and Sarah Buchanan for cooking the lunch and for the church members who attended.
On Friday, September 6th all 6th – 12th graders were invited to our 1st Annual Youth Retreat! This retreat time focused on acclimatizing our newest youth members into the group and engaging in three distinct ministry areas – Inward, Outward, & Upward!
- Inward: Our group paired up and toured the church to scout out great hiding places for sardines. While touring each pair shared something that they struggle with spiritually. Some of the groups shared that they struggle with prayer, reincarnation, or other aspects of our faith. After this talk, each pair joined together with another and painted images of hope and inspiration. It is our plan to hang these paintings in the youth rooms to remind us that it’s OK to struggle – and it’s OK to doubt. Our faith is a journey. We are here to help and support each other – not to judge or condemn. Many aspects of our faith can be difficult to comprehend or practice – but we always have our friends and family to guide and comfort us along the way.
- Outward: Our youth were tasked with making table decorations for the dining area at the Haven Day Shelter. Using talents from within our group we constructed some beautiful origami flowers and wrote prayers along with words of encouragement and hope on each of the flower petals. It is our prayer that the people who read these messages will know that they are loved by God and by each of us!
- Upward: For the youth who were able to remain through mid-morning on Saturday – we spent some time in quiet contemplation and focused our thoughts and prayers on meeting and engaging with God. We listened to music and sculpted a scene or symbol of where we want to – or need – God to meet us. Many youth created sports symbols or school items to request that God be present in that aspect of their lives!
Of course there were the mandatory rounds of “Sardines.” – but we also added in a few games of Capture the Flag! These epic events took over the entire church and I think the remnants of one rocket battle can still be seen in one of the stairwells! This was a great time for all involved – Thanks to everyone who came out and participated
The Monday Adult Bible Study will resume meeting on Monday, September 9, at 10:30 am at Rosewood Village on Greenbrier Drive with our Associate Minister for Education, Bob Badgett, leading the group. All adults are welcome to attend this weekly Bible study. Communion is served every second Monday. Form more information contact Mister Bob.
On Friday, September 6th all 6th – 12th graders are invited to attend our youth retreat! This retreat time will focus on acclimatizing our newest youth members into the group. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Please bring all appropriate church lock-in materials (i.e. sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, etc.). The retreat will start at 6:00pm on Friday and be over at 12:00 on Saturday.
Please Contact Phil Woodson with any questions.
On June 16 nine members of our youth group along with Larry Johnson and Laura Morris traveled to Raleigh, N.C. with YouthWorks for five days to be the hands and feet of Christ. On Wednesday, September 4, the participants in this mission trip will share pictures and stories about what they accomplished for Christ and highlight the work and fellowship that took place on this trip.
As you hear humorous tales and possibly some of Mr. Johnson’s slight exaggerations, I want you to know that it was your generosity that made this trip possible for our youth. Through the donations you made at the Children’s Musical and the funds that you placed in the baskets after a Sunday service, you made it possible for our youth to participate in a life-changing event. That’s a big deal. The cost of participation and travel is a large part of the youth budget and it took a substantial showing of altruism to ensure that this vital ministry opportunity be available to anyone who desires to serve.
Please know that your continuing support of UBC’s Youth Ministry has been inspiring and that your kind words, prayers, and financial support have been an ENORMOUS blessing to both the youth and myself.
Sign up now for our adopt-a-student ministry!
If you are a college student and would like to be adopted by one of our church families,
please visit this link to register.
Get your friends to join you and be adopted together! You will be matched with a family who can provide you a “home away from home,” a family who will love you, who can periodically invite you over to their homes for meals and/or to play with their children, who will take you out to lunch after church, who can offer a quiet place to hang out away from noisy roommates, etc. We hope you will consider signing up!
If you are a church member and your family would like to adopt a college student,
please visit this link to register.
We are looking to recruit families and couples who like being around college-age students, and who will let those students direct how much interaction they would like to have with your family. The benefit you receive is that you will positively influence these young lives and create friendships that will last far beyond the college years.
We will be collecting information in the next several weeks, and you will be contacted in the near future regarding this ministry.
Finally, please mark your calendar. We are planning to have a Collegiate Student Luncheon on Sunday, September 22 immediately after worship. All college students are invited to this luncheon!
We are also inviting all college students and church families participating in our Adopt-a-Student ministry to attend. At the beginning of the luncheon, families will be matched with their adopted students and they will eat lunch together as a way to get to know one another.
About once a month our youth get together to eat pizza and hang out. Today we all met up at the Mellow Mushroom, which is conveniently located right next to the church, and took some time to get to know our newest youth members: Jacob Morris and Joey Hamel. There are a number of other youth that will be joining our ranks and we’ll post about them here too.
It’s time to register for the 11th annual Camp Young at Heart – an Ecumenical Camp for Adults of All Ages. This year Young at Heart is hosted by Aldersgate United Methodist Church located at 1500 Rio Road East in Charlottesville. The 3 day event meets August 26-28 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day. The registration fee is $20.00 for one person or $35.00 for a couple. The camp begins each day with a devotion time lead by our pastor, Michael Cheuk. There will be 3 class sessions each day and a fellowship lunch time (bring your own bag lunch). There is plenty of parking available, the building is wheelchair accessible and there is an elevator.
To see the wide variety of classes offered and to get your registration form use the following web link: http://www.cvaumc.org/forms/camp-young-at-heart-info-registration.pdf