JYM Newsletter
Jan 7th - Jan 14th
Hello JYM family!

I don't really know how to open this little greeting paragraph. Like most of you, Lisa and I spent yesterday watching in horror and sadness the insurrection that fell on our capitol. We watched the events unfold on the news and also watched as many people processed these events publicly on social media. To be truthful, Lisa and I are both still processing all that we saw as well.

We think education is a very important part of understanding the world around us and understanding how to apply the Bible to that world. We want to discuss the many different examples of privilege, specifically white privilege & Christian nationalism, which made yesterday at all possible when we meet together on Tuesday. However, our main role is that of spiritual caretakers - and we also want to help take care of your students' spiritual and mental well being as they process what has happened.

I saw someone post that they believed yesterday would be the defining moment of their child's early life. It made me think about when 9/11 happened. I was 11 year old and that is the moment I would say defined my own childhood. At 11 I did not have a full understanding of what political and historical events had led to that moment, and I believe it took me years to really unpack all that was set into motion that day and how it changed the course of our country forever. While I may not have understood every detail, I did understand how i felt. Dread, fear, sorrow, and confusion were all things I felt that day and in the weeks and months after.

Every student that is a part of our youth group is going to have a different understanding of what took place yesterday, but every student will certainly be aware of their emotions. Below we are including some ways you can check in with your student and help them to process what they know but also how they feel. This is a list from Dr. Carrie Andrews, Superintendent of Cambrian School District, of how to talk with your child during social unrest or tragedy.

  • Try to be in charge of what and how your child learns about the event. Depending upon the age of your child, it is a good idea to limit children’s exposure to traumatic news stories and images. Older children might use social media to communicate with their friends about events. It is important to monitor their interpretation of what is happening around them.

  • When exposure is unavoidable, provide basic information about what happened at an age-appropriate level. Brief, basic facts are typically appropriate for younger children, while older children and teens may have more questions. Don’t overwhelm young children with too much information, but be sure to address questions as they arise.

  • Do not assume that the child’s worries and questions are the same as your own. Each child will understand and react differently. This will vary to some extent with age or developmental level, personality and pre-existing anxiety, and the manner in which the information is presented.

  • Use open-ended statements and questions such as “Tell me what you know” and “What questions do you have?” rather than “Do you understand what happened?” and “Do you have any questions?” This will help you get a better sense of the child’s understanding, worries and desire for more information. Adults and students will have differing opinions about the “right” or “wrong” of events happening around them.

Here are a few possible responses when students want your opinion:

“We need to work for peace in our community.”
“I want you to be safe.”
“What can we do in the community to make sure we all get along?”
“We need to make sure everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”

  • Acknowledge the events in a calm way and provide reassurance about the child’s own safety and security. Be honest – don’t tell children something “could never happen” here, or to them – but minimize anxiety. Focus your ability and efforts to keep them safe from harm.

  • Monitor your own emotions. Exposure to devastating news is upsetting and overwhelming for adults.

  • It is natural to be emotional at times. However, children look to their parents and other significant adults for a sense of whether or not things are okay. Parents often serve as a child’s barometer regarding their own safety and security. It is important for parents to manage their own stress levels and reassure children that everything will be okay.

For more support, a reminder that Lisa and I are both available by text, phone, email, social media if a student ever wants to talk. Lisa is also open to small in-person (outdoor) meetings with two or three students for students who may need more. We are also available to parents, additionally each of our three churches has full time pastors who are available to you and your families if needed. Another benefit of our combined youth group is a wider network of support you are all welcome to!

AHUMC - Mariellen Yoshino at myoshino@almadenhillsumc.org
CPUMC - Amy Beth Durward at RevAmyBeth@cambrianparkumc.org
WGUMC - Jaekuk Jo at Jaekuk@wgumc.org or Susan Smith at susan@wgumc.org

We also have shared in the past recommendations for therapists. If you need that list again please respond to this email, or email Lisa.

Beyond emotional support, we want to once again say that if your family is facing financial struggles in the midst of these trying times, PLEASE reach out to myself or Lisa. We will be happy to talk with you and see what type of assistance we can provide for you and your family.

If you and your family feel you have some extra money or time that you want to use to bless others, please reach out and we can give you a list of local organizations doing wonderful things for the people of our city and county.

We are one In Christ,
- Katrina Kraynick-Baker
(408) 761-5820
We had a great time meditating and setting our intentions for the year this past Tuesday! Here are a few photos:
Sunday & Tuesday online activities
Sunday Jan. 10th
4:00 - 5:00pm
Dessert/Sweet making night!
Bring your electronic device to the kitchen because we are going to make some desserts together! We will lead students through three easy desserts. If you are able please pick up the ingredients listed below. If you are trying to limit your trips to the store and won't have time to get these supplies by Sunday, use similar things you already own. Or just log on and watch us probably make a fool or ourselves in the kitchen (Lisa & Kat are not as culinarily skilled as our regular Feed the Need volunteers).

If you would like to buy these items but money or time is an issue, reach out to us ASAP! We will help you out.

Food list - these are for three different treats. Some treats use the same ingredients but I listed them separately:

Rice Krispy cereal (or generic brand),
Marshmallows, Butter

Peanut butter (or other nut butter if allergies), honey, oatmeal, chocolate chips or M&Ms or some kind of chocolate (get creative with leftover stocking candy??)

3 apples, cinnamon, slivered almonds (or any chopped/sliced nut) oatmeal, butter, brown sugar.

Meeting ID: 870 4708 0859
PW: JYMRocks
men chinese food
Tuesday Jan. 12th
5:30 - 6:30pm
Join us Tuesday for some activities and discussion. We will begin all together for a competition that you'll perform at your house, then break out into Jr. & Sr. high groups for some more online games and some discussion

Meeting ID: 840 4345 2823
Passcode: JYMROCKS
Book Study
While we have had some wonderful moments with both in person and online JYM meetings - we know it's been a very different year and that it's been harder to plan program that helps us to grow in our faith. We would like to begin a book study for any student who is interested in growing a little bit deeper.

We have chosen to read Kaitlin Curtice's book, Native. We will choose a date in February that we will meet (most likely on Zoom unless things drastically change) to discuss what we have read!

An description from the author's website: Native is about identity, soul-searching, and being on the never-ending journey of finding ourselves and finding God. As both a member of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice offers a unique perspective on these topics. In this book, she shows how reconnecting with her Native American roots both informs and challenges her Christian faith.

Including a link to the author's website which has several links of where to buy the book. If you would like to participate but cannot purchase a book, please let us know! We would be happy to purchase a copy for you.

If you have any questions let us know.
And a big congratulations to everyone who participated in Lisa's 2021 mile challenge! All together you logged a total of 4,266.4 miles!

And shout out to our under 18 years mile winner - Jane Partsch!

If you participated and want to order a challenge shirt, we will have information for that soon!