Both our identity and our sense of purpose are formed by the place(s) we find belonging: family, faith community, friend groups, and collegial relationships. The church, the body of Christ, is the place where—and the group to which—we belong. As we find belonging in the church, we learn that we belong to God, which gives us our true identity: we are children of God and siblings to Christ and to one another. Are you already involved in our Youth Family and super excited for the fall? Are you new to middle school or new to FBG? Do you know of a youth 6th-12th grade (grandkid, neighbor, friend) who you think would benefit from finding a place to belong in our Youth Family? We want our youth and their parents to find a sense of belonging in our Youth Family, but how?

Our Youth Family regularly gathers for Wednesdays@First, Sunday Night Live, and Sunday School. We also have a variety of retreats, outings and events throughout the year! While our retreats and trips create core memories for our whole Youth Family, during the week we have time set apart from school and work to dig deeper into Bible study, discipleship and missions on Wednesdays and Sundays. Our youth parents are key in helping us provide a place where all youth find their sense of belonging. Our youth parents are needed to teach Sunday school, volunteer on our fellowship meal teams, chaperone trips, provide adult coverage during the week, and so many other ways!

All youth and their parents are invited to find a place to belong in our Youth Family this Sunday, August 13! Join us for Breakfast on the AYMC Terrace Level at 9:15am, a Blessing of the school year celebration in worship at 10:30am, and a Youth Family Block Party for youth and their families in the parking lot from 5 to 7pm.

—Mary Carol

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