What Does the New Year Hold for Jr. High Youth?

For us here in Junior High Youth, this past year has held some exciting new beginnings. For me it has been such a privilege and a blessing starting here as the Junior High Ministry Assistant. For all of us, the new Youth Center has been an especially exciting new beginning! So what does this new year ahead hold for Crossroads youth? Exciting things!  Apart from our regular Thursday night gatherings, there are Affinity groups that meet every Sunday after church from 2-4. As we look ahead into 2015, we’re also working on adding a Saturday night drop-in.

We have been blessed with this incredible building and now we have the opportunity to use what we have been given to bless the youth of Central Alberta. We are hoping to reach out to the teens who don’t usually come to youth events. Already we have started this by partnering with the Scouts of Red Deer. Teens from the Boys and Girls Club have been joining us at youth on a regular basis and it’s great to have these new faces around. It’s a start, but once Saturday night drop-in begins, our mission to reach youth in this area will really take off . These evenings will give teens from all walks of life a chance to have a safe place to come hangout and feel the love of Jesus.

As for Wired, January 8 is the kick-off for the new year. Coming into 2015 we will be having a lot of guest speakers including Jocelyn Friesen, Mike Wiens, a group from Prairie Bible College and yours truly. Glow Tribes, which is always a hit, will also be happening in the new year! It’s going to be an exciting time for youth and you won’t want to miss it!

There’s fun to be had every Thursday but here are some of our larger upcoming events for the year:  in February we will have our big trip to West Ed, Lazer Tag in March and Rollerskating in April.

Before moving ahead I’d like to take a moment to look back at a little bit of what we’ve experienced these past months. It’s been such an honor working with these teens and getting to know them. They’ve grown so much even in these last few months. I’m so proud of the way they’ve supported one another. It’s exciting to see new friendships form, to see teens trying new things, to see them having fun and to see them growing in love for God. We have a great crew of teens here, let me show you a glimpse of what we’ve been up to…

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We’ve made new friends…

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We’ve worked together…

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We’ve tried new things…

And we’ve supported one another along the way…

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Looking back, 2014 has been an incredible year! Looking forward we can only imagine all that God has in store for us here with Crossroads youth!

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