The Troy United Methodist Church has a long history of ministry to the next generation. New Life Student Ministry has, over the years, provided a place for youth to belong and serve and grow in Christ. Events like Fire-Up for Senior High Youth and Ignition for Middle School Youth are times of real renewal and revival. Summer opportunities for mission trips and camps have almost always been offered – including this summer!
After prayer, discussions with Church Council and a need to focus our ministry, we are making some changes to our Wednesday night ministry. Instead of trying to do a myriad of ministries in a relatively short amount of time, we are focusing on two purposes on Wednesdays: youth ministry and groups that prepare for Sunday worship services.
New Life Student Youth Ministry (grades 6-12) will worship together in the sanctuary on Wednesday evenings. Following the worship, youth small groups will meet and then there will be time for some fellowship/recreation opportunities. There will be some type of snack or snack supper that the youth will participate in during the evening. Our prayer is that we will be able to not only engage a significant number of youth, but other adults in ministry to the youth in this region.
The other purpose is to provide space and time for groups that are involved in leading Sunday worship services to prepare. Children’s choir, Praise Ringers, Chancel Choir, Youth Choir/Band and Praise Bands will be rehearsing during Wednesday evenings.
We will be focusing our children’s ministry on Sunday mornings during the 9:00 and 10:30 hours and other special children’s ministry events. Small groups for adults will be developed at other times on Sunday and during the week.
In order to focus the ministry energy on these two Wednesday night priorities, what we will not be doing this fall is the TGIW weekly meal, the adult worship service in the sanctuary and adult electives. I know this will take some real sacrifice on the part of a lot of people because those times and ministries have been meaningful for all of us. While change is difficult (and this decision has not been made lightly), I look forward to making a real difference in the lives of the next generation. Recognizing that a huge majority of people who come to Christ do so in their early years, our ministry to you is essential.
As always, I’m available to help answer any questions that you might have regarding this change.
Yours in Christ,
Dennis D Price