Hello Youth and Families!
Our Building to Serve initiative is underway and we want to share with you how Youth Ministry will be a part of this program. This will be a time of worship, learning, and small group study. Building to Serve will be a meaningful and spiritual journey where our local church will focus on how God is working through us to affect people’s lives in our community and the world.
We will be learning and focusing on the same ideas and scriptures at the same time as other groups in the church. We’ll follow the Building to Serve sermon series that the pastors will preach during this time. We have been given study materials that co-ordinate with children, young adult, adult and worship themes. We have adapted the study materials to be able to lead the youth in fulfilling our mission, and to learn to be faithful stewards during our Building to Serve initiative.
We’ll be learning and seeking God’s guidance in what God is calling this church and this youth ministry to do and to be. There are many ways to be involved. Please sign up to receive our Daily Prayer Reminder text at 1:17pm each day. (Youth, be sure to keep your phones turned off during school hours!) You can sign up by going to our church web site, www.firstcary.com, and clicking on the green banner, or by texting “@117pray” to 81010. We want youth to help lead worship during this time so please sign up to participate by clicking here to access the Sign-Up Genius.
Below are the youth ministry Building to Serve calendar, study topics and scriptures. There are also some example discussion starters listed in italics so you can have conversation about our Building to Serve initiative with your family.
February 19 – The Vision 2 Corinthians 8:8-14
Sunday School – Generosity
UMYF – Self-Sacrifice; First Cary’s Mission and Vision
Describe a time when you were the beneficiary of or supported by the work of the church.
February 26 – The Present Age Philippians 1:3-9; Mark 1:16-18
Sunday School – God’s Time Line
UMYF – God Call on Our Lives
We are called to be partners in the Gospel and to share God’s life and work in the world. Why now? How is now a defining moment?
March 5 – The Next Generation Psalm 48
Sunday School – The Church as a Building; The Church as a People
UMYF – The Legacy We Have Received
In 25 years, what do you hope will be said about First Cary of 2017?
March 12 – The Community Jeremiah 29:1-14
Sunday School – Hope for Our Community
UMYF – Hope of the Future
How does the expansion of our facilities allow us to expand our mission, ministry, and outreach to this community and to the world? What new opportunities arise?
March 19 – The Kingdom 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; Luke 14:28-35
Sunday School – Making a Commitment to Christ
UMYF – Discipleship
In Christ, God invests the whole of his life in us. How can we invest in the lives of others in the example of Jesus?
March 26 – A Servant of Mercy Isaiah 42:1-9; Luke 10:25-37
Sunday School – Forgiveness
UMYF – Mercy and Compassion
How will the new building help First Cary show mercy and be a good neighbor in the heart of Cary?
April 2 – A Servant Who Perseveres Isaiah 49:1-7; John 12:20-36
Sunday School – Perseverance
UMYF – A Night of Worship
How can we as a church be a mediator like Isaiah to fulfill God’s connection to God’s people?
As always, your youth team is here to answer any questions and to discuss any aspect of Building to Serve and Youth Ministry with you and your family. We are excited about this time in the life of our church!
We believe that God has called the people of First Cary to share the heart of Christ from the heart of Cary. We believe that God has planted this people here for 146 years and calls us to continue to be a faithful presence in the community well into the future. We believe this building is one of the tools God has given us to fulfill that mission and be faithful stewards. We are Building to Serve…
Grace to you and peace from God the Creator and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Pastor Emily, Corey, and Karen