Rev. Matt Kern, Director of Youth Ministries
Saint Paul’s Youth Covenant…
As a youth group we are committed to being respectful to all that enters our doors. To show respect we will disconnect from our electronic devices (cell phones, iPads, Nooks, tablets, etc…) so we can connect with each other. We will support one another through encouragement, accountability and love. We recognize to fully commit to this we must be honest with each other and be present in one another’s lives!
A Note from Pastor Matt Kern
Since assuming the role of youth pastor here at Saint Paul’s, I have found myself coming back to our group’s name again and again. What does “ROOTED” mean? What are we supposed to be “ROOTED” in? How does one stay “ROOTED”? Whatever the answers to these questions may be I do know one thing - it is good to be rooted throughout the journey of life.
In the book of Isaiah, God says, “If you do not stand firm in faith, you shall not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9). This sounds a lot like a quote attributed to (amongst others) Alexander Hamilton: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” In both quotes the truth remains: if we are not rooted in something, we are subject to just about anything.
As our time together as a youth group continues may we always revisit our “ROOTED” title and be willing to ask, “What are we rooted in?” With God’s help may we all become like that tree planted near streams of water (Psalm 1:3), seed that falls on good soil (Matthew 13:8), and those who choose to build upon solid foundation in the Lord (Matthew 7:24-25).
Peace, Pastor Matt
At Saint Paul’s we offer three worship experience. We have two Traditional Services at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. Both are in the Sanctuary. At 9:45 a.m. as well we have our contemporary service in Sanders Hall, The Gate.
Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. Middle School and High School meet in our Foundation.
Weekly Rooted Events
ROOTED Sunday Nights
Every Sunday night from 5:00–7:00 p.m. join us in Sanders Hall for a night of fellowship, snack supper, games, and a message of faith.
Wednesday Night Study
Youth are very encouraged to join the congregation-wide study and conversation on Jesus, Wednesday evenings at 6:15 p.m. in Sanders Hall. This month will focus on “The Meals of Jesus.” Please come out and offer your thoughts, questions, and presence.
Volunteer and Leader Orientation
As we continue to seek adult leaders from the congregation to spiritually invest in the youth, ROOTED will be providing monthly training for those willing to do so. Every first Sunday of the month (with the exception of 4/8) from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in room 301, you are invited to become more familiar with the curriculum that is being used on Sunday mornings and evenings, as well as receive guidance on how to most effectively lead the youth. The next volunteer and leader orientation will be held on Sunday, February 4.
The student leadership of ROOTED meets every second Sunday of the month from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in room 310.
What we’re studying
ROOTED is committed to the spiritual formation of its youth. Here’s a look at what the youth will be learning about and growing in during the month of February:
- “We Are Young” - Have you ever been around an older person who talks about what it was like to be young? They reminisce about the music they listened to, the lack of responsibility they had, the freedom they experienced. They almost always talk about being young as if it’s awesome. And for the most part, they’re right. Being young is awesome. Maybe one of the toughest parts of being young is feeling like you don’t count yet, like you can’t be heard or respected or even helpful until you’re older. And it’s frustrating because deep down it feels like that shouldn’t be true, like there’s something wrong with that system. If you’ve ever felt that way, you’re in good company. As we take a look at two letters from the New Testament written to a young church leader named Timothy, we find out how to keep anyone from looking down on us just because we are young.
Sundays through March 25
3:30 - 4:30 p.m., in Sanders Hall
It's not to late to join this class. In this spiritual rite of passage, the 7th graders of this church are given the opportunity to affirm their own baptismal vows for themselves, becoming professing members of the Church. Our 7th graders are invited to this time of confirmation, taking place over multiple weeks from January to March. Please contact Pastor Matt with any questions you might have.
Warren Willis Confirmation Retreat
Friday, March 2 - Sunday, March 4
Warren Willis Camp
Perhaps one of the traditionally most memorable parts of Confirmation is the Confirmation Retreat at Warren Willis Camp. We are pleased to announce we will continue this fun and fruitful tradition with this year’s Confirmation class. The cost is $90 per student. For more info and registration, please visit http://www.warrenwilliscamp.org/confirmation-retreats
• Youth & families, feel free to contact Pastor Matt Kern at any time with questions or thoughts regarding ROOTED Youth – email@example.com
Forms for Parents
Parent - Guardian Form
Youth - Parent Handbook
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