On Saturday, August 14th, our youth groups participated in “The Great Kindness Challenge.” Orenco’s Saltines, our Student Action Leadership Team, performed random acts of kindness in the past school year for strangers and friends alike. This event was the culmination of their efforts.
Working from our own list of ideas as well as from the event’s downloadable list, here are just some of the things we accomplished in our local community:
At youth group prior to this challenge, we studied various passages in the Bible which included practical ways to share our faith; our favorites are James 2:14-17 and Hebrews 13:1-2. I am so proud of the young adults of our church and their willingness to reach out to others! They volunteered to spend a very hot summer day in service to those in need.
Weekly youth group for all sixth through twelfth graders begins September 12th and continues throughout the school year. Though we play our share of games (gigantic twister is coming up, and Duct Tape Night is a big annual favorite), I wanted to report on our Great Kindness Challenge so that you hear what our youth are also doing in our church and community. Bible study and prayer is a regular part of our Sunday evenings together. Our kids bring their friends to youth group and have never been shy about participating, asking questions about their faith, and showing their commitment to their friends and family.
I am still in need of adult volunteers for this school year. Share your gifts, time, and talents with this wonderful group of kids. Speak to me about our middle school and high school groups and how you can be involved.