by Jackson Wills
A lot of kids around my age think Youth Group at church is not for them. They’d rather spend their Sunday nights doing something else. Those kids may be missing out on one of the best experiences of our young lives.
Each Sunday after the Gathering Service and Sunday Supper, I look forward to spending an hour with friends, learning about God, and unwinding before school the next day. Youth Group also opens doors to opportunities like diocesan events such as Youth at Convention, when you can meet youth from all over the Diocese of Southwest Virginia. Diocesan events allow youth to bond with others from around the Southwest Virginia and have a very fun time participating in skits and messy games.
I’ve also learned important lessons about helping others through Youth Group. We have served in Habitat for Humanity building projects, and packaged meals fir Stop Hunger Now. Youth Group has awesome leaders like Tray Light, Earl Shumate, and Jo and Brian Loop. These leaders are caring and make sure that each of us learns more about the God that loves us, while making sure we have fun as well.
Each Youth Group meeting Sunday night is a safe spot to talk about issues in our lives. You can talk to a leader whenever something is bothering you and they will do their best to help you. We do an activity called “Good, Bad, and Godly” that is a great way to let others know what happened in the last week, and where we have seen God in our lives. I’m grateful to be part of this group that has given me so much. If you are in middle school or high school or know of a middle schooler or high schooler who hasn’t yet tried out Youth Group, please join us. We meet on Sunday nights at 6:30.
Jackson Wills is an active member of the High School Youth Group at St. John’s.