Dear MSM Parents,
Welcome to our July Newsletter! If you are new with us each month we send out all the information that is going on within YOCF. We pray that you all are having a happy & healthy 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.
We are making a service change! The 2nd service, meaning sunday morning youth, will be starting at 10:45am! Students will still start in the main service and come over to the youth room for breakfast, fellowship, & a message! We will be going through the same series on radical hospitality!
Ryan & I are praying for you and your families to keep this in mind, "Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!" (1 Chronicles 16:11). Let us be encouraged and look to the Lord for His strength during this coming month!
With Much Love,
HUME LAKE HEALTH SCREENING: JULY 31st
Our mandatory pre-Hume health screening & parent meeting will be on Saturday July 31st at 4:30pm at OCF. We require that every student coming up to Hume be there to do a health check in. Once your student is checked in they can join you in the auditorium for our parent meeting where we will be giving you all the info that you need about Hume that next week.
Reminder: We need proof of vaccination or a negative pcr covid test done at most 72hrs prior to us leaving to camp that morning
IN PERSON YOUTH SERVICE 10:45AM SERVICE
Every Sunday morning during the 10:45am service we will have a youth service during the teaching portion of the service. Students will start in the main service through the first set of worship. Once worship ends and during announcements they will come over to the youth room for their own teaching, yummy breakfast and youth fellowship experience.
Every week in the Prayer Room at OCF on Wednesday's come join for the boys Bible Study at 4:30!
Email [email protected] for questions
Consider the amount of faith it takes for parents to entrust their teenagers to your care for a weekend retreat or even a couple hours of Bible study.
Here are a few thoughts to get you thinking about this vital responsibility.
Be responsible with care. It’s important that you be responsible with students’ emotional and spiritual well-being. You’re not simply “adolescent- sitting”; you’re caring for the well-being of a tender young life. I ask my volunteers to focus not on big growth numbers but on each individual life and soul that God cares for so deeply.
When my son Cody came home from a junior high camp, his cabin counselor told me, “Cody is such a good kid that I didn’t even have to watch him.” Yikes! I wanted to say, “You didn’t watch him? What were you thinking? Actually, you weren’t thinking!” I knew the comment was meant as a compliment, but it was definitely the wrong thing to tell a parent. Teenagers need to be cared for. And that care needs to be communicated.
Be responsible with confidentiality. A good leader is one whom students can trust and confide in. Building trust takes time and consistency. Knowing they can trust you helps students feel safe, and safety is essential to a teenager.
Let students know that you’ll respect their privacy and value their desire to share but that, in your relationship with them, nothing can be totally confidential. If a teenager tells you about something that may potentially harm the teenager or someone else, you have a responsibility to share that information with the appropriate authorities. (In most states, it’s the law.)
Be a responsible listener. A cautious listener doesn’t react immediately, so take time to discern the situation before you speak. A student could be sharing something with you at the height of an emotional situation. Be slow to respond until you see a clear solution. As you listen, recognize that there are always two sides to every story. For instance, when a teenager tears into his or her parents’ character, be a cautious listener, realizing the parents’ side of the story is probably different from the one you’re hearing.
Be responsible with basic safety. This might seem obvious to you, but I’ve seen many youth leaders make mistakes because they allowed students to do something silly, assuming, “Oh, they know better. They won’t really run into traffic.” Don’t assume when a teenager’s safety is at issue.
• Take traffic laws seriously. When students are in your car, use seat belts and don’t cram eight students into four seats. You get the idea.
• Think through all outings. Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings and all possible outcomes.
Choose responsibility over student approval. If you’re building authentic relationships with your students, they’ll still love and respect you even when you have to “lay down a rule” or say no to stop a potentially risky situation.
As a youth ministry volunteer, you assume a high level of trust. Being responsible will benefit students, the youth ministry, the lead youth worker, the church, and parents.
CONNECT to God’s Word
“If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.” —Galatians 6:3-5
• How does this passage encourage you to be responsible in your ministry?
• In what ways will you commit to doing what’s wise in each situation with students?