For those of you who were in church last week, you probably noticed that many of your teenagers were out. We were not skipping, but Katy Allen and I took four of the church’s youth to Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center, the official camp of the North Texas Conference’s Bridgeport Camp. It is the same camp that we went to in July, but the programming for this one was completely different. It was Midwinter I, and Midwinter has often been led by CCYM (Conference Council on Youth Ministries). This means that everything at this camp was led by youth–from the small group activities to the fundraising for the Youth Service Fund. In our time of reflection, our youth said that the best part of Bridgeport is the ‘Connection’ (a fantastic Methodist response). They had connections to Bridgeport, to God, to the other people who attend camp. Every trip proves to give us meaningful experiences of worship, learning, and community, and I am happy that we as a church have started investing so much in Bridgeport. For the near future, I expect that we will attend every summer and winter camp at Bridgeport, so that our students can continue to strengthen their connection with other peers, adults, and God. Thank you for the investment you have made in our children and teenagers, in mentorship, money, and prayer. Of course, on February 23rd you will have the opportunity to invest in all three ways, while you eat delicious chili, at our fifth annual chili cook-off!
All the best,
Adam Lubbers, Youth Director