Youth Sunday Night Meals

We are now sharing our Sunday night meals with the wonderful students of Jubilate, and Alba Beasley has been doing a great job of lining up dinner providers.  We have been asked to provide a salad for these meals and I have put together an online sign-up form for our youth parents to help with this meal.  I think Alba will also use this form to help assign the meals but if there are parent volunteers who are willing to bring a salad for about 10-12 people — then we will be set!
SIGN-UP LINK    <—– Click it!
Along with the salad sign-up I wanted to take a moment to let everyone know about a new church policy that involves the safety of our youth.  While it has yet to be approved, the new policy will state that there must now be two adults present at all youth functions.  In the past we have always had two people of the opposite gender present on all trips and overnight events.  However, the new policy states that we would need two people to be present at all youth functions – which would now include Sunday Nights, Youth Pizza Nights, or other day related youth events.  I will meet and speak with the Youth Ministry Council early next month about how to best meet this new requirement — perhaps a rotation of parent volunteers to stay with us during youth events or even the same parent who provides the salad could serve in this role as well.  Something to think about.  Please let either myself or other members of the Youth Ministry Council know if you have any questions or comments about this change to the policy.
I think that’s all for now – please let me know if you have any questions!
Youth Ministry Coordinator

Youth Going Putt-Putting this Sunday

To finish out September,  I was thinking that our Real Life time this Sunday, September 29, should be spent out and about.  So, we will be spending our Sunday evening time at Putt-Putt!  The last time we went we were rained out so I still have our free game tickets and I was thinking we could order some pizza.  There are some drink and candy machines so if everyone could bring a couple bucks for a drink that would be most helpful!   We will NOT meet at the church.  I am asking that everyone be dropped off at Putt-Putt at  6:00 p.m.  and picked up at 8:00 p.m!

Phil Woodson
Youth Ministries Coordinator

Student Luncheon

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.

Brett and Kate Lissenden

LissendenWe welcome Brett and Kate Lissenden, who joined UBC this past Sunday.  Kate joined by transfer of her membership, and Brett joined  requesting baptism.


Youth Retreat Report!

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

Some Highlights:

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Monday Adult Bible Study Resumes

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.


Youth Retreat

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.

Youth Mission Trip Report

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.

Gratefully, Phil


Adopt-a-Student Ministry Sign-Up

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.

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