We’ve decided to shake things up a little this summer for the youth ministry at Cornerstone. Instead of regularly meeting on Sunday nights for our weekly time together, we have decided to leave the building. Some of our activities will be fun, some will be challenging, and all of them will be focused on growing in Christ.
Last week we met at the New River Trail and had a joint meeting with the youth from Cliffview. Yesterday, we all piled into several cars and showed up at a local trailer park unannounced. We setup a bubble machine, and got out soccer balls and basketballs and frisbees, and then started rounding up the children. It started out slowly, but by the end, we had a crowd. We gave out free food and even flip-flops and shoes. By the time we left, the children were giving us hugs and asking when we were coming back. We plan on going back and even possibly leading a Bible camp for the kids.
Why did we do this? Just to show the love of Christ to our community. We are serious about engaging our community for Christ, and by building relationships we can show the love of Christ in tangible ways. The truth is that when we show love, we earn the right to share the Gospel. We want to see lives transformed by God, and we want out teenagers to experience first-hand the thrill of serving their community.
Each week, we plan on providing different opportunities for service and growth for our youth. Then this fall, we will be relaunching our youth ministry with some exciting new changes. I’m excited as we pray and seek God’s vision and direction for the youth at Cornerstone.