Youth ProgramNineteen years ago the church council of Grace adopted a mission
statement that included a specific clause about youth ministry. Six
years ago the mission statement was rewritten that again included a
clause about youth ministry. We desire growth as an inclusive
intergenerational family; we resolve to support a strong youth
ministry. It is important to Grace Lutheran Church and the community
of Culver City that we carry on a successful youth group.
The youth group has a model verse for our
youth ministry, from Luke 2:52 - Jesus became wise, and he grew strong.
God was pleased with him and so were the people. We hope our young
people mature as Jesus did, he grow intellectually, physically,
spiritually and socially.
At Grace we have many opportunities for Middle School, High School and College students:
TAG Performing Arts Club - Thursdays, 3:30 in the choir room.
4th grade through high-school perform contemporary praise music in small
groups or solos for church service. Will also be working on the spring
musical "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe."
Confirmation - 6th to 8th grade kids explore their faith in this lively class of education, fun and fellowship. Tuesdays at 3:15.
Afterschool Studies - Monday through Thursday, after school until
5:30pm in the Fireside Room. All students are welcome to read, write,
study and just hang out. Computers with Internet and basic school
supplies are available for use.
Friday Night Kick Back - Dinner, Bible study, and awesome instruments group. All youth ages high school through freshman college are invited. Fridays from 6:30-8:30 in the Fireside Room.
In addition, the youth are included in
service projects for local and international needs such as raising
funds for hunger programs, community walks, and congregational work
days and support.
From the book "The Five Love Languages of
Teenagers" by Gary Chapman there is a chapter that deals with the
failures of teenagers. He talks about the difficulty dealing with teens
when they fail, failure to meet parental expectations or their own
He states "good parenting is doing the right thing when a child does
the wrong thing." Remember to love the child and not the failure. From
Proverbs 12:1 "Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but those who
hate to be rebuked are stupid." We all need to learn and gain
knowledge, even if it takes a lifetime.
Our youth need our time, words of praise, lots of hugs, time spent in
service together, and our prayers. God please be with our teens and
help them to make good decisions and the right choices. Amen