Dear Youth Families,

I hope this email finds you well and that everyone had a nice, relaxing, and safe holiday! I wanted to reach out for several reasons. 

First, I have absolutely LOVED working with your children in Youth Group these past few months. I am so encouraged by their enthusiasm and inspired by their fun spirit. We have all endured lots of challenges and "unprecedented times" these past several months, but your children have found ways to preserve and continue bringing joy. For that I am so thankful. 

Attached you'll find some quick updates of all the things we've been up to since reconvening in person Youth Group meetings in September. I'm so proud to showcase the fun things we've done together, but also the selfless activities your children have taken part in to give back to our community during this time. THANK YOU for supporting us in those and for sharing your children with us!

Due to holiday travel, the rise in Covid cases, and the recent decision made by the Craven County School System, youth leaders have decided to postpone in person Youth Group programs until January 24. We feel at this time, it is best to lay low in order to ensure everyone's safety. We hope this will also give students and families a chance to get back into a routine after the holiday break. 

We would like to still connect to our youth and are planning a Youth Group Zoom meeting on Sunday, January 17. This will start at normal Youth time (5:30) but will only run about 30 minutes to hopefully still give families ample time for dinner and evening routines. Information for logging on will be sent out closer to that date. 

One more thing before I close. Staying in communication with our families is a top priority of mine. Because things are so different and constantly changing right now, it is important for our youth leaders to maintain a pulse on how families are feeling regarding in person meetings and youth programs. Our Youth Group is just that - a Group for our Youth and we want them (and their families) to have a voice in what we plan moving forward. 

I am attaching a brief survey for you to complete and share your thoughts, celebrations, suggestions, and/or concerns moving forward. **This can be completed by both family members and youth!**

Click the link to take the survey. 

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Marianna at