We all realize that there is a tremendous difference between kids and young adults. We see it in every aspect of their lives, from their appearance to their attitude to their dress. Our Jammers youth group ministry strives to understand those differences and to provide an avenue for keeping youth engaged in the life of the church and in the service of Jesus Christ.
Young adults can be difficult to reach. They are "eternally, always connected" to each other through texting and social networking. It can be a challenge to reach them where they are in their life, and speak to them in a language they understand. Do we always succeed? Of course not!
Our Jammers youth group ministry is about laughter, building lasting relationships, exploring our faith, and discovering how to make our world a better place. We do this primarily through maintaining connections between each other and the church's mission and ministry. Our youth have directed or participated in things like:
- 30 Hour Famine
- Souper Bowl of Caring
- Community Care local outreach program
- Homeless awareness sleep-outs (in January in Ohio!)
- Preparing and serving food for our Hospitality with a Heart meal program
- Christmas shopping for those in need in our community
- Regional and national United Church of Christ youth events
- Habitat for Humanity
And many, many more!
As kids move into young adulthood, they become more aware of the world around them – both the good and the bad. They are looking for ways to affect change in the world around them in meaningful ways. We strive to provide an avenue for them to participate in this change. In this way, our young adults stay connected to their families and the church, and they can see first-hand how a life in Christ can be lived even in this day and age.
We welcome those in grades 7 through young adult to participate.