Every youth group is unique, and sifting through activities to find something that works for your group each week can be exhausting.

In Pursuit of the Spirit: God in the Midst

by Sarah Walker Cleaveland

We hear about or meet people who meditate for forty-five minutes each morning in total silence, people who spend half an hour in prayer every day, or read their Bible regularly, and those of us with busy lives, and busy minds, think wouldn’t that be nice?


The Big-Mouthed God

by Starlette McNeill

Social media allows us to talk more than generations past cared to. Both of my parents were the product of “The Silent Generation” and I grew up with the understanding that children and adults did not talk to each other.


Crossroads: Ash Wednesday

by Jessica Asbell

I always feel the weight of the ashes on my forehead on Ash Wednesday. It wasn’t until I went to a Catholic school in Middle School that I began participating in Ash Wednesday services.


Formations 02.14.2016: The Lenten Fast

by Darrell Pursiful

The message that church conveyed—sometimes subtly, sometimes not so subtly—was that Lent and many other traditions of the wider church were nothing but empty ceremonialism that “real” Christians were better off avoiding.


Connections 02.14.2016: The Feast of Weeks

by Kelley Land

Have you ever planted a seed and watched it grow into food? Sadly, I haven’t yet undertaken that experience—hindered by fear of failure and, to be honest, resistance to such a level of responsibility.


Grateful for Mistakes

by James A. Autry

“Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.” (author unknown)

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