VBS Canceled/Youth Ministries Updates
At our June 12 Living Waters meeting, Pastor Pamela informed the Board of her decision to resign from her role as Living Waters Youth Pastor. She emphasized that this decision came after substantial introspection and prayer over a goodly period of time. She feels strongly that God is calling her to other tasks in other areas of ministry. In addition, she graciously reminded us that Living Waters is devoting considerable time, effort, and financial resources to youth ministry activities which, although tailored to the youth of our Circuit, are serving minimal numbers of children – thus resulting in a very high cost to benefit ratio. Certainly, the Board honors and respects Pastor Pamela’s decision and future endeavors, and we appreciate her practicality and honesty in helping us to focus on how best to use the resources that Living Waters has to serve the physical, social, and spiritual needs of Kenosha County residents. We will continue to reach out and share God’s love with all. We offer prayers and support for Pastor Pamela as she transitions her dedication and high energy to future ministry endeavors. She will remain on the Board of Living Waters to offer her expertise and insights to the Living Waters ministry.
As we further discussed youth ministry, we came to two conclusions:
- We planned to offer Vacation Bible School this summer from July 30th thru August 4th. As of mid-June, the grim reality is that we have not had sufficient adult volunteers to mentor and deliver the program. In addition, very few children have registered for VBS or, for that matter, given verbal interest. For these reasons, we are cancelling the July/August VBS session. For upcoming years, we will research and analyze different formats of offering such a program. Many other programs are offered in one or two day sessions, weekend sessions, mini-camp sessions, and the like. We hope to learn from the experience of others so that we might offer programming that is conducive to the hectic schedules of today’s youth.
- Perhaps the highest level of interest and anticipation by youth focuses upon Christian Youth Camp activities. Youth have expressed their desires to attend camp experiences, often on a recurring annual basis. They cite the intensity of faith experiences that they gain from camp, as well as the on-going friendships and camaraderie that they build over time. However, some find it difficult to pay for the cost of camp. Living Waters wants to encourage youth to build their faith through camp experiences,
and will work with interested youth to offer various forms of financial assistance to offset camp expenses. If there are youth in our Circuit who wish to attend Christian camps, please have them approach
their Pastor for general counseling and financial assistance opportunities. Living Waters wants to encourage such faith building, often life changing opportunities.
The Living Waters Board