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Thank you so much for your support for our trip to the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. Your contributions to our fundraising activities and your prayers were very much appreciated.  You made it possible for us all to go. 

      Meeting Lutheran youth from all over the country was incredible, as was spending time with the Bethlehem Fairport group, Kristin, and Pastor Laurie.  The nightly gatherings in the Superdome (with 35,000 other Lutherans!) were simply amazing.  The musicians and speakers we listened to expressed stories and points-of-view we had never witnessed before, and some of them were truly inspiring. Worship on Sunday morning with 35,000 other youth is something we all may never experience again, and it was incredible. 

     In addition, soaking in the New Orleans culture was also fun.  In some ways it seemed like we weren't even in the U.S., it was so different from life in Rochester.  Every day we came across someone who was playing music on the street, and we were also able to sample some of the local food.  We also saw the continuing need of the people of New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, and we were honored to able to help them. It was an experience we will never forget, and it will influence our lives forever.

Vanessa

 You can read about the trip here: www.atonementnewlorleans.blogspot.com

 


 

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Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.  (1 Timothy 4:12)

Life Groups for Children & Youth

Youth Group: gathers twice a month (please check the church calendar), usually on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 4:30 p.m. This group includes 6th -12th graders who meet for fun, faith and friendship as they seek to live, love and learn in the Jesus Way. Youth Group provides a safe and sacred space to express joys and concerns, questions and doubts while respecting the views and insights of all. Youth participate in a wide variety of activities including: group discussions on hot topics and timeless truths, learning many ways to pray, meditate and ponder, sharing and processing the thorns and roses in their lives, supporting and caring for one another, mining the treasures of our ancient/future faith in serious and silly ways. We believe that the journey of faith is a spiritual adventure! We believe, too, that spiritual growth happens in the context of honest, loving relationships where young people are encouraged to dig deeper into the life and love of God. Youth are guided to help discern their gifts, build life skills, grow in holiness and confidence, and seek wisdom as they become their unique and authentic selves rooted in a faith they can call their own.

Young Families: A group for families with young children. Usually meets once a month on a Sunday afternoon for a potluck dinner and fellowship. Sometimes it's informal, or it might be a book discussion, guest speaker, or family fun activities. Child care is provided when there is an adult discussion.

Acts of Love: takes seriously Jesus New Commandment for those who would be his disciples, "Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other." (John 13:34-35 The Message) Young people are invited to join in monthly opportunities for works of mercy, good deeds, and acts of love in the community. Service opportunities have included: feeding the hungry at the Asbury Dining & Caring Center (quarterly basis), serving homeless women and children at Bethany House, raising funds for disaster relief in Haiti, volunteering at a local recycling center, helping at the Brighton Food Depot, teaching Vacation Bible School. Many more hands on opportunities for loving service are being planned and suggestions are always welcome.  Those who participate in this group (sometimes including parents) are truly seeking to Be the change they wish to see in the world. Karen Grover facilitates this group. 

Special Events & Activities Sponsored by Youth & Family Ministry

Quarterly Family Fun Days: Four family friendly outdoor field-trips are sponsored each year. These are intended to encourage families to unplug and disconnect from technology and strengthen the bonds of friendship and connection between members of our church family. Past Family Fun Days have included: Ice Skating at Manhattan Square Park (each February), Farm Day at Lollypop Farm, Rochester Red Wings Baseball, Long Acre Farms, Outdoor concert at Ontario Beach Park, Clubhouse Fun Center (miniature golf and go-carts).

 

September

New Members are received into Youth Group during worship on Rally Sunday.

Youth Group Welcome Back Party and selection of nominees for Youth Advisory Board.

 

October

Fall LYO (Lutheran Youth Organization) event - usually a visit to the Corn Maze.



Youth Fellowship Events

Youth events events are planned regularly; and have included Bowling, Game Nights, overnights, winter outings, Drive-In Movies, LYO Corn Maze and more. Check the web calendar or contact Kristin at office@atonementrochester.org for meeting dates and scheduled activities.

 
LYO Winter Weekend
This is a fun gathering of faith and fellowship for youth in 6th to 12th grades. Winter Weekend takes place in early March at Rotary Sunshine Camp in Rush.


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