Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to our June Newsletter! If you are new with us, hi incoming 6th grade parents, each month we send out all the information that is going on within YOCF. Thank you for working with us through all of these changes in the past few months we really appreciate all of your patience and support! While we might not be meeting together as a youth group in person really soon, we still have a lot of good stuff coming up this summer! Make sure to stay connected to our instagram @yoyoyocf and the OCF youtube channel for updates! Check out down below our plans for the coming weeks and the ways we will be connecting with each other, daily, weekly, and updates for future plans for the year.
Student Ministries Staff is really excited to announce our plans for our summer program! Starting June 10th, every other week, we will be premiering a new episode of our YOCF LIVE at 6pm on OCF's youtube channel! It will be a fun time filled with silly videos, games, prizes, challenges, interviews, worship, and a message! We then will post a link in the description box of the video to our Zoom small group after parties, where we will go into a discussion time about the episode. Your student's will definitely not want to miss out on this!
We want you to know that we are praying for your families in the midst of everything that is going on in the world currently. Know that we are with you despite the distance and would love for you to reach out if there is anything we can be praying for specifically. Let's take comfort in the words of Jeremiah, "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning great is your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' say my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him.'" (Lamentations 3:22-24)
With Much Love,
At the moment Hume Lake is still on the books for this summer as far as we know! We should have an answer later in the month if camp is cancelled or any changes to our plans. Thank you for being patient as we wait on answers for camp!
This summer is filled with lots of changes, one of them being that our summer program will be online. Starting June 10th at 6pm we will be airing a YOCF Live Youth Group every other Wednesday on OCF's youtube channel. We are going to have lots of fun games, prizes, videos, interviews, worship, & a message! After we will have a link posted for a breakout small group time over zoom. We cannot wait to see everybody there!
Every Wednesday before Youth Group at 4pm we have our boy's Bible study over zoom!
These days, we are all too aware of the violence and tragic acts that take place in our cities and towns. Because of the frequency of crime, school shootings and acts of domestic violence that we see and hear about, we can grow desensitized - even if it is little by little. But our kids are different. These situations hit them harder. They are more susceptible to the stresses of a violent world than we are. The good news is that parents can take preventative measures that will help kids feel safer.
1. Keep your parental influence strong. One of the most powerful ways to make your kids feel safe is to simply "be there" for them by being involved in their lives. Your proactive presence provides kids with a greater sense of security than almost any other quality you can offer.
2. Make communication with your kids a priority. Good communication between parents and kids is always a great goal, but even more so during seasons of life when kids feel stressed or threatened by situations in their lives or community. An important reminder: a huge part of communication is listening. When you actively listen to your kids and they know that you accept their feelings and treat them as credible, they feel safe.
3. Develop a support system for your kids. In our world it makes sense to ensure your kids have other supporting resources -- beyond you -- like other caring adults that they can turn to in times of trouble. In creating this support system, you build a larger safety net for your kids in times of crisis.
4. Make your home a safe-haven for your kids and their friends. Make your home an inviting place where your kids and their friends enjoy hanging out. Your kids are going to hang out somewhere. Why not make your home the place where everyone feels safe?
5. Create a crisis plan. No one enjoys talking about the possibilities of "what if?" But families who have created a crisis plan that is reviewed and adjusted periodically will know what to do if the unexpected occurs. And doing so gives kids a greater sense of security.
6. Be a role model of faith. Provide a sense of safety for your kids by being a positive role model for them about what it means to be a Christ-follower in the midst of a crazy world. Show them through how you live your life that God is worthy to be trusted in all things.