Perrin's Preview

Dear MSY families,
               
At the beginning of the year, Covenant addressed the common issue of anxiety from the pulpit. In the days following that sermon, I found myself going back to the idea that we as Christians should be less anxious and more faithful. We have been gifted imaginations to dream of the best that could be, not to marinate in the worst-case scenario. This New Year, I hope that our faithful community will spend our energy imagining the best that could be for our youth, for Covenant, and for all God's children. Pause for a moment to dream about what energizes you when it comes to ministry for our youth (and then tell me!). Set aside the valid anxiety that comes with parenting young people and find hope and energy in all that could be for them. Once you have done that, find comfort and reassurance in the people of faith who are journeying with you.

Peace,
Perrin Tribble
Director of Middle School Ministry
Weekly Schedule
Sunday Morning
Sunday School 9:30 - 10:30 Base: EW318, Quest: EW312
Choir - 10:30 am - 10:50 am

Sunday Evening Fellowship
Dinner - 5:30 - 6:00 pm Fellowship Hall
Fellowship 6:00 - 7:00 EW 318

Wednesdays
Open Table 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Open Gym 6:30 - 7:30 pm hosted by Perrin Tribble                           
 
For Parents:   Authentic Parents Retreat in Montreat, NC

This retreat is for parents with kids of all ages (it's never too early). However, the workshops will primarily focus on families who have elementary, middle, and high school aged kids. It is also a retreat for church professionals looking to gain insight into parenting topics, parents, and parenting resources. Click here to learn more:  https://montreat.org/events/authentic-parents-retreat

Making Sense of M iddle School
A Program for Parents
Join us for  a new discussion group for parents called Making Sense of Middle School.   We   will meet at the same time as youth fellowship to explore topics relevant to your family. Join us on Sunday,  February 10th, March 17, April 7, and May 5 for speakers and fellowship.
Middle School Youth Retreat
Camp Canaan
March 1 - March 3

The MSY are invited for a weekend at Camp Canaan in Rock Hill, SC. We will enjoy lots of fun and fellowship plus an opportunity for a high ropes course!
Quest Beach Retreat
Seabrook Island, SC
March 8 - March 10

Join us for a beach retreat to Seabrook Island, SC. This is an important weekend for our Quest class as we will begin crafting our statements of faith that will then be shared with Covenant's session. In addition to faith statements, we will also kayak, weather permitting, enjoy beach time, and have fellowship with the HSY.
MSY Summer Trips 2019

MSY mission experience to Heifer International Ranch 
June 22 - June 29
This week long mission experience is an important aspect of the Middle School Youth ministry. We will step out of our comfort zones, learn more about sustainable giving, and experience a global poverty simulation. This trip will lay a solid foundation for a life of missions and service.
 
MSY to Massanetta Middle School Youth Conference
July 11 - July 14
Massanetta's Middle School Conference transforms the faith journey of hundreds of middle schoolers from all around the country.  Every aspect of this conference is crafted with middle schoolers in mind.  Conference activities like keynote, recreation, encounter groups, and workshops are centered on the theme of the summer.

Save the Dates!

Youth Sunday -  Sunday, March 31st
Get Involved!

There are many ways to serve alongside the middle school youth!
  1. Sunday School teachers- we use an online sign up genius to choose the dates that are convenient. Each class needs at least one teacher and one shepherd each week.  Sign up here!
  2. Sunday Night Youth Fellowship- each Sunday evening we gather for dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 5:30-6:00 and then have programing from 6:00-7:00. We need other advisors to be present in the evenings. The programming varies each week as we try to rotate between recreation, bible study/small groups, service projects, and arts/spiritual practices
  3. Chaperones for retreats- For each overnight trip we need a minimum for two male chaperones and two female chaperones. The number of total chaperones increase with the number of youth participating. Appropriate youth to adult ratios are required in order for us to make these retreats possible.  It is a great way to invest in this community of youth and really get to know each of them!
  4. Logistics and Behind the Scenes- there is a lot of prep work that goes into weekly programming, retreat planning, and service projects. It is a huge blessing to have folks who want to serve but do not feel called to teach or chaperone.
Stay Connected

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Parents, youth, advisors, and friends can sign up to receive weekly text reminds about Sunday programming, events and retreats, and any last-minute changes to schedules due to weather or unforeseeable circumstances. Text the message @perrint to the number 810-10.

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