O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.”   Psalm 71:17

Brian's Notes

The school year is drawing to a close; summer is fast approaching but that doesn’t mean any let up for our youth. We’re extremely grateful that our youth can participate in several trips this summer. It will mean some serious hours in passenger vans and several nights sleeping on church floors but what awaits us this summer is well worth it. Like previous summers, the Mid Highs will travel to Mo-Ranch for the Jr. High Jubilee, and the Senior Highs will attend the Montreat Youth Conference. Our new trip will take us to eastern Kentucky—a mission trip with a fantastic organization, Leader Treks. Mo-Ranch and Montreat are familiar to many of you, so I’d like to tell you about the mission trip and our partnership with Leader Treks.

Leader Treks design their mission trips with two goals in mind:

  *  Help youth develop and sharpen leadership skills and characteristics.

  *  Nurture spiritual formation and help youth identify the ways God has equipped them to serve God’s Kingdom.

Our mission site is located in Manchester, Kentucky.  We’ll partner with a local church and a Leader Treks representative to serve the local community of Manchester, KY. We’ll be involved in a service project, run VBS for community kids, and learn about the issues that plague this community. The youth participants will not simply follow directions but will be charged with key leadership roles and decisions. There will be lots to do and build, but throughout the trip the youth will take time to study scripture and discuss what they’re learning. Each morning we will spend 45 minutes in a devotional and end each night with worship and a group conversation about what we learned during devotions and how we see God working in and through the group. Leader Treks wants every part of the trip to be an intentional effort to equip youth not just for short-term mission trips but to equip them to be disciples every day, whether at school, the athletic field, or at home.

These summer trips are the fruit of an incredible amount of hard work and sacrifice. It requires a lot from parents and youth to make the trips possible, so thank you to all who have worked the Rummage Sale and contributed financially to the trips. As our youth prepare for these trips I hope you can find an opportunity to talk with them about their trip and speak with them when they return. Ask them what they hope to get out of the experience and how you can pray for them during the trip. Parents, talk with your child about the purpose of summer trips and why you think it’s important they have this wonderful, enriching opportunity. We can’t wait to share with the congregation all that was experienced and learned this summer!

Grace & Peace

Brian

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Montreat Youth Conference 2017

I thought it would be near impossible for Montreat to live up to all the hype. Everyone, from Pastor Hugh to countless members, sang the praises of this North Carolina paradise and promised that I would love it as soon as I passed through the iconic stone archway. Well, everyone was right! As many of you know, Montreat, in a quiet but powerful way, brings you closer to God and reminds you of the amazing ways that God works in our lives. What a blessing to start my time at Trinity in Montreat! Read More
Mid High Mystery 2017

The Mid-Highs recently returned from their Mystery Trip. They left on June 2 and headed to Atlanta where they spent a fun filled day at Six Flags. Thanks to the Trawick family, they continued on to Highlands, NC where they stayed in their mountain home and enjoyed hiking, beautiful waterfalls, white water rafting and zip lining. The Mid High Group returned to Pensacola on June 8. The theme of the trip and scripture study each day was "I Can" with a emphasis on stepping out and doing things through our Christ who gives us strength. There were 21 who attended in all: 16 youth and 5 adult chaperones.  Thank you to all for your prayers!

Our goal is to provide a creative, youth friendly space where youth will learn to live the life God desires for them. Read More

 

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