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Your Gifts Make a Difference: Middle School Ministry

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  • Author: Jessi Suomala, Middle School Ministry, St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447.
  • Updated: 06/24/2008
  • Copyright: St. Philip the Deacon News

An example of weekly ministry that let people know how their gifts of time, talent and money make a difference.

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Your Gifts Make a Difference: Middle School Ministry

The patella, or kneecap, begins to solidify in children between 3 to 5 years of age, according to the National Library of Medicine. As babies, the kneecap isn't present, but the potential for growth is there. Our young people, like the kneecap, also have this same potential growth in their relationship with God.

Whenever you see a young person in worship at St. Philip the Deacon completing a blue worship reflection form, remember that you are a part of the Lord's family and you have an opportunity to nurture someone's faith and help them grow.

But that's not all ... You can help them grow in so many ways! How do we do it? Pay attention to their world, observe, listen and interact with young people in the midst of life. Watch TV with them, especially MTV. Keep an eye out for the latest Britney Spear video, "Toxic." The conversation could easily turn to Christian morals and values.

Engage young people in conversation about their lives. They may or may not respond to you positively, but they will realize you care about them. Think about someone in your life who impacted your life growing up. How did they converse with you? What did they do?

Young people develop rituals that include instant messaging, blogging (online journaling), listening to the radio or playing video games. Caring, Christian adults can create rituals with them as well. Go to a movie, worship together, visit a coffee shop, go for a walk, pray together or volunteer together. When the world is shouting, "It's all about you," you can allow young people to reach beyond themselves to others.

The top concerns of young people today are friendship, school, sex, quiet times, body image, flirting, abortion, dating and stress. Click on  Revolution. Combating these concerns in the presence of caring, Christian adults is important.

As a faith community, the gift of you -- your time, your energy, your faith, and the way you live your life -- can make an amazing difference in the faith formation of our young people. And the next time you see someone filling out a blue worship reflection form, ask him or her about it and see faith growing in our young people.

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