A Special Note To Parents of Youth
From Luke, Youth Director: God has been doing an awesome work in my life and in the lives of many others in recent weeks and months. Last July, I went to a life-changing training event called “Lead The Cause University” with four other students. I have always had a strong interest in evangelism but during that week God gave a bigger vision for His Kingdom and a real passion to reach the lost with His love. I knew that things could not go back to “normal”.
Today is Ash Wednesday (February 18th), the beginning of the Lenten Season. What does that mean? Lent is a 40-day span of time leading up to the commemoration of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is a time during which we take some special time to consider Jesus’ loving sacrifice for us. Often this season is observed with special mid-week services.
This year at Atonement we are gathering – either in Home Groups or at the church – around the theme Consider the Price Christ Paid, as we walk through the Passion History as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. If you aren’t in a Home Group, gatherings at the church will be Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm, and Thursday, 10:00-11:30am (Senior Bible Study time) starting the 18th.
We encourage all to participate in these special times. We will be singing some of the Lenten hymns, listening to a presentation on a portion of the Passion History, engaging in some thought-filled discussion, then wrapping up with some closing singing and prayer.
I am trusting that the time will be a blessing for all.
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Have you wanted to be more equipped to speak up for and defend what you believe? Have you wanted to be equipped with clear facts and truths for positive conversations? The Apologetics Forum of Snohomish County was formed to equip youth and adults just for that purpose! They meet once a month for a special presentation and then they have discussion over refreshments. For more info check out www.apologeticsforum.org
We are in the midst of something special! It’s called “Together At The Cross”. Each Wednesday until Easter there is an opportunity for whole families to come for a Wednesday evening meal and a service focused on the Jesus and His passion! We have also chiseled out 15 minutes prior to the service for what we are calling, Pray49. It is a brief time for one young person to be paired up with one adult of the same gender to share prayer requests and pray together prior to the service. We did something similar to this almost 2 yrs ago and it was a great time of cross-generation prayer.
A brief glance at the schedule:
5:00pm – Choir Practice for those wanting to be in the Easter Cantata called “The Story” (until 6pm)
5:30pm – Dinner begins
6:00pm – Choir members join dinner
6:45pm – Pray49 Prayer Time in Sanctuary
7:00pm – Services around the theme, “Celebrate Jesus” and looking at different aspects of His life and sacrifice.
Services are simple and include worship, Scripture, a message, brief small group discussions and a closing song. Kids Club is also continuing through these weeks so children have the opportunity to participate in that time during the service. This is a very special and memorable time of growth together. Don’t miss it!