Crosswinds is meeting! St. Paul’s youth have been gathering on Sundays for some fellowship and reflection on Gospel.
To keep everyone as safe as possible, we are following the latest scientific advice and the guidelines created for small groups by our church. We are meeting outside. We are staying at least six feet from each other. We all start with hand sanitizer. Everyone wears a tight fitting cloth mask the whole time. Each participant has a bag of materials that they use each week so we are not sharing materials. We are asking people not to come to youth group if they have had “close contact” with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 or if they are showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC.
The future is still uncertain about how often we will get to meet. Since we are meeting outside, the meetings are weather dependent and the time is dictated by the setting sun. We will try to meet the following Sundays in December and January:
Sunday Dec. 6
Sunday Dec. 13
Sunday Dec. 20
Sunday Jan. 10
Sunday Jan. 17
Sunday Jan. 24
I think we will have to meet from 3:30 to 5:00 to have some daylight. However, if I can work out some lights, we may meet from 5:00 – 6:30. If the weather turns iffy, I will update the Instagram page an hour before the scheduled time. You do not need an Instagram account to check the page. Visit https://www.instagram.
If you have a child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or neighbor in the sixth to twelfth grade and you would like to get emails about youth group, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crosswinds is St. Paul’s EYC group led by Youth Minister, Frank Sherman. They meet Sundays from 5:30 – 7:30 Labor Day through Memorial Day. During the summer youth meet on multiple occasions and attend the Glory Ridge Mission in Western North Carolina.
The youth in our church attend five different schools and live all around the county.
For more information and events, checkout the Crosswinds Facebook and Instagram pages!
Be Filled with Delight
Each time we meet for youth group or Sunday school, we make a point to re-mind ourselves of the Gospel -the good news. We talk about how Jesus died for us while we were still a mess, so we can have a relationship with God. One night this past month, we talked about Jesus leaving the Holy Spirit with us. Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to remind us how much God loves us, and how radically He accepts us. We have the Holy Spirit to tell us, “stop trying to save yourself, stop trying to look for love in all the wrong places, stop working yourself to death, live loved! Look at what Jesus has done for you!”My prayer for me, the youth, and all of us,is that we will continue coming to the Gospel to be filled with delight and listen to the Holy Spirit as he reminds us of God’s love for us.
I am planning to meet once a week with any youth who want to have a virtual hangout on Zoom. Right now the plan is to meet Sunday nights at 7:30. I am sending out the zoom meeting my email and text. If your youth is not getting those mes-sages, please let me know. Each time we will have a short message and then time to hang out.
Glory Ridge Mission Trip Update
After multiple phone conferences, much research, and many prayers, the Glory Ridge Board of Directors and staff have decided to cancel the Summer Ministry Mission Weeks for 2020.They reviewed all the guidelines and ran multiple scenarios and a variety of timelines in trying to get to a decision. They just don’t think they can, with integrity and joyful hearts, host the Glory Ridge experience under the conditions they would be expected to uphold this summer.Please pray for the needs of the Glory Ridge ministry that will remain despite them not hosting mission weeks.They will still have a considerable cost to keep the grounds mowed, cover utility & insurance, address repairs, pay year-round staff,and offer our college staffers two weeks of employment and meals.As a church, we are sending a donation to support Glory Ridge. We are praying that we can return next year. We are also praying the ministry will receive enough support to continue through this challenging year. If you would like to provide additional support to Glory Ridge, please visit http://www.gloryridge.org/donate