Last fall, over 150 of you answered Jesus’ call to help bring our children closer to God’s kingdom when you participated in a series of “Sow the Seeds” listening sessions. They were conducted by Ministry Architects, a consulting firm specializing in helping churches strengthen and grow their youth ministry. In their report to the Joint Board, Ministry Architects complimented the passion and commitment to youth ministry demonstrated in those listening sessions. They stressed that the road to a more vibrant, sustainable youth program is a long journey requiring a continuation of that passionate commitment by a significant number of the congregation. Finally, they recommended over thirty specific actions we should take to strengthen our youth ministry over time.
To date, we have taken action to address five critical first steps identified by Ministry Architects. These include:
- Creating a dedicated team to guide the implementation of recommended changes. This team is currently comprised of Drew Hancock, Jen Oas, Margaret Turner Johnson, Susie Gatland, Margaret Norris, and myself, Scott Rhodes.
- Articulating a formal vision for the future which defines our priorities, goals and new program ideas for our youth ministry. The Joint Board is finalizing plans for a visioning effort for the church at large to begin in the fall of this year. A portion of this process will be dedicated to crafting a specific vision for our children and youth program.
- Making children and youth more visible in worship service. We hope you’ve noticed that we have already begun to do this. We are enjoying more frequent appearances by our children’s choir, an occasional Godly Play story during our service, and listening to our youth serve as scripture readers this Lent. Your pastors have committed to continue looking for opportunities to allow our young people to play an active, visible role in the worship service throughout the year.
- Taking advantage of every opportunity by looking for ways to incorporate an element of outreach in all the things we currently do. As a start, we’re exploring new ideas for reaching out to children and youth outside our congregation during special times of year such as Advent, Lent, and Vacation Bible School.
- Evolving our youth committee structure to ensure a more integrated, age relevant youth program. To accomplish this goal, we have formed separate ministry teams for our Middle High and High School programs. Each of these teams includes volunteers from the congregation, the DCE, and one pastor (Andrew for Middle High, Ginny for High School). These teams have already begun to work to evaluate and evolve our programming for these age groups.
The other recommendations made by Ministry Architects include a range of administrative practices, policies, volunteer training practices and program ideas that will need further development. Much of the work on these recommendations will be done over the summer. If you wish to know more about them, a copy of the full report is available on our web site or you may call Margaret Norris at 336-722-6171.
We have much to be grateful for at Home Church, including our opportunity to bring new generations of children into a relationship with God and Jesus Christ. As we continue to explore and take advantage of the opportunities in this area, we hope you will pray that God will guide us and that many of you will feel called to become involved in this holy work.
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Summer of Service @Home
A week-long community opportunity for rising 6th-12th graders
July 16-20, 9 a.m.-5p.m., Home Moravian Church
Each session will end with a time of group devotion and worship. Lunch included!
$50 per participant
Contact Margaret Norris at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Moravian Holy Land Trip – January, 2019
A Moravian Holy Land Trip is being organized for next January, with the departure date being Jan. 8, 2019. This will be a 10-day trip being coordinated by the Rev. Rick Sides and sponsored through Educational Opportunities, the travel organization that has helped with so many Moravian trips through the years.
There will be two “general informational meetings” about the trip held this spring for those who want more information or who are interested in making this wonderful spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime. The informational meetings will be held at Home Moravian Church on Sunday May 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Saal; then again on Sunday June 17 at 4:00 p.m. in the Saal.
EST's Don Frey reviews James Martin's 2016 book
New members, recovering, sympathy
The faith journey of Dena Grillo of Albania
Young singers & actors wanted, Lunchtime Lecture, Brass Festival, Widows Society, Children's Festival
Understanding the real nature of God's power
Congregational visioning, confirmation class, communion class, Safety and Security Ministry Team
In April for Choir, Men's Chorus and Band
Events in May and June, for the 2018 Tea
Proctors, 5th-grade celebration, Multi-Cultural Fair
May 3-5, 2018, at the Fairgrounds
World Mission Ministry Team Shredding Fundraiser
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fine Arts Center Parking Lot
$5 per Bag, Box, or Computer Hard Drive
Please call Mallie Graham, 336-924-9409, for more information.