The mission of Youth Ministries is to support the spiritual development of LOPC’s youth, to build community, and provide ongoing support to families.
FALL 2020 PARKING LOT YOUTH GROUP PROGRAM
We are excited to be able to provide our new “Parking Lot Youth Group” programs for both middle & high school youth! Both programs will take place entirely outdoors in LOPC’s parking lot in pre-registered small group “pods” and adhering to all CDC recommended COVID-19 safety guidelines including social distancing. We will be following the guidance for worship by CCHS and the CDC for outdoor religious services and small group gatherings.
Each program will include a socially distanced and safe ice-breaker game for small group pods, Bible-based devotional teaching relevant to current life events, small group pod discussion time and prayer, & individual spiritual practice activities.
We believe this program is important right now because we know that teenagers need meaningful connections with peers and adults outside of their household to support their mental health and well-being. Regular contact with a small group pod will provide a safe space for youth to collectively process what’s going on in the world right now, validate their reactions, and share a faith-based perspective on current events. Spiritual practices shared during youth programs will equip students with coping mechanisms which encourage an ongoing connection with God and their faith community even after our program session has ended.
- BTW (for High School youth) will meet on Sundays at 4-5:15pm for six weeks from September 20 to October 25.
- YOW (for 5th-8thgrade youth) will meet on Wednesdays at 4-5:15pm for six weeks from September 23 to October 28.
Both programs require advance registration, open from August 20th through September 6th. Please contact Director of Youth Ministry Allison Kunz at Allison@LOPC.org for questions and additional information.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
We recognize that we are living in unprecedented times, and our team has created and recommended a number of resources to help you during this season. Some of our offerings have included: youth Zoom calls, one on one phone call check ins, cards, socially distanced gatherings.
- COVID-19: Resources for Parents. The team has been creating and compiling resources for parents during this uncertain time. Items include videos on topics like “Talking with Children about Death” and recommendations for books to help children articulate their feelings. *last updated 10 April 2020*
- Community Life Zoom Groups. The Community Life team has created a number of ongoing Zoom groups, including parent support groups, to help gather community in this uncertain time.
We accomplish our mission in part by providing a safe and supportive environment for youth to gather and exchange ideas, explore their faith, and practice what it means to live as a follower of Christ. Each youth program is designed to encourage and challenge youth to grow in relationship with God, as people, in active concern for others. We welcome everyone who comes with a safe place to call home.
Youth ministries assist youth to discover their unique identity, passions, and gifts. We believe youth are each capable of significant contributions to their communities. Youth are encouraged to contribute by participating in service-learning opportunities, student leadership programs, and leading the intergenerational Church community alongside adult leaders in a variety of ways according to their unique gifts.
Our programs also connect youth with adult volunteers and older student advisers who care deeply about them. These advisers seek to know, value, affirm, and love youth with the love of God.
At LOPC, youth matter.
God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40:29-31