Youth

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12


Welcome

The Youth group at Bridgewater United Methodist Church invites any student between the 6th and 12th grade to be a part of our ministry! Whether you are a member at BUMC or not, anyone can come enjoy learning about God, His purpose, and His awesome Son, through learning and living scripture!

When we hold our gatherings, they are primarily on Sunday evenings. Sometime we will meet together and sometime we will meet by group: Middle school and High school.

Purpose

We have a 3G prong approach to youth ministry:

Gather is meant to help youth gain an understanding of WHO God is and to bring them into the kingdom of God.

Grow is meant to assist youth in their faith journey. Youth will be challenged to deepen their relationship with God and determine WHOSE they are.

Go is meant to fulfill the Great Commission, “Therefore GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

Activities

We have MANY activities that involve our group. Our group strives to live missionally every day and realize that it is God’s job to change someone’s life, however we are called to change someone’s day!

Choir, Band, Handbells

We have many ways for our youth to share their musical gifts and talents.

If you have any questions feel free to contact:

Pastor Jonathan Lamb, AsstPastor@bridgewaterumc.com.

BMC Youth in Action
Conversations and Growing in Faith



         This past Sunday, the Youth lead worship for us at Bridgewater United Methodist Church. It was amazing to see how our boys and girls, young women and men led us in worship.


It was significant to hear the testimonies of our High School Seniors. They shared about how much they have grown over the past years. We have many opportunities to grow in life, like our Youth. I know recently I traveled to Spruce Knob. On top of the mountain, many spruces had grown over the years to over the landscape. I believe we should be like our Youth and these spruces, continuing to see how God can help us grow.


       The Bible tells us many stories about God's love and the growth of faith. For

example, in Acts 10, we hear of Cornelius, a Roman army officer who believed in

God and helped the local Jewish community. An angel appeared to him to tell where he could find the Apostle Peter. Peter arrived at Cornelius and shared the Good News about Jesus. On that day, Cornelius grew in faith, and Peter also matures in his faith by recognizing God was working in the lives of all people, Gentiles, and Jews. This conversation between Cornelius and Peter helped each of them to grow in faith.


   I've been encouraged by all our Youth's faith and their personal desire to grow with God in the days ahead. It was a humble reminder for me when I shared my first testimony on Youth Sunday at my home church around 15 years ago.


I am curious how God helped you to grow this past week?


Let us pray.


Gracious God,

         Could you help us to grow in faith with each day? Prepare us to find how we can serve you with all our heart and soul, and strength. We pray this in Jesus' Name. Amen.


Song of Praise: No One Cared For Me Like Jesus

– by The Worship Initiative featuring Davy Flowers

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXDerzhsjNI


Scripture Lesson: Acts 10 NIV

Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts%2010&version=NIV

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Worry will Rob Your Joy

In an issue of the AARP Bulletin, readers were asked to respond to the question: What’s your strategy for coping with worry & stress? The answers ranged from "Eat a chocolate chip cookie" to "Have a stiff drink."


But Don Betz of Oakdale, Minnesota, offered his unique solution. Every January 1st, Betz says, "I give my wife $1, and she worries about everything for both of us."

That is not the entirety of the plan. Betz added, "If someone else wants to be worry-free, they can also send her a dollar."


If only sending Don’s wife a $1 was all that was needed to deal with our worry, that would be a small price to pay. You know what I mean. You are at the end of your rope; worry and anxiety are eating away at you. There are times we need professional help.  At other times you need a breakthrough in your life that can only come from God. We serve a big God. You can pray to God about anything. In fact, he wants to hear from you. He listens, He sees; you need to talk to him.


Jesus was clear about worry in his sermon on the mount in Matthew chapter 6:26 -27, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not more valuable than they? And which of you, by being anxious, can add a single hour to his span of life?”


If you have been a worrier most of your life, you may feel like it is intertwined into the fabric of who you are. It is not true. You might have learned how to worry at a young age. But, on the other hand, you might have let it become a coping mechanism or maybe a bad habit.


 Worry is not a part of who you were created to be. You were created fearfully and wonderfully in the image of God for his glory. Worry and anxiety are incompatible with walking in the spirit for which you were created. The Bible says this in II Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control[sound mind].” God has given us power and love so that we have a sound mind, not a mind of worry.  Praising God amid our anxiety is one of the best things we can do. The presence of God leaves no room for worry to dwell, so every time worry makes an appearance, we can choose to lift our hands in praise in the midst of it.


 Do you believe that God can heal you from your worry and anxiety? If you are doubtful, don't hide it, admit it, confess it. Like the father in the Bible Mark 9:17-24 who came to Jesus to heal his son. Jesus said to him, "If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes. Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, 'Lord I believe, help me in my unbelief. Let us make this our prayer. And cry out to the one who can help us. Let us be brutally honest with God. He is God, after all. Lord, I believe help my unbelief.


There is one who heals. There is one who breaks the chains of fear, worry, anxiety, and anything else that keeps you from living in the joy of the Lord. You have someone on your side who is more significant than every worry. His name is Jesus. He is here to help you. Finally, you can be free from the cycle of worry. You can say no more.


 To the fearful thoughts that plague your mind, you can immediately hand them over to the savior and know that he will come through. He never fails. He never gives up. He never slumbers. He does not grow weary. Do you know that he loves you? He loves you so much that he died for you. He took every sin, every shame, including the worry, and bore it on the cross. He put it to death. Jesus does not want you to cling to worthless fears anymore. Remind yourself that they are useless fears. I will not cling to these worthless fears anymore.


 The peace of God replaces your worry. Trust that God has got this. Worry does not stand a chance with God. Thank God for this peace.

 

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“Remembering Aldersgate Day”


Today, May 24th is a special day for Methodists. That is because it was the day John Wesley had his conversion experience. He struggled throughout his young adult years to recognize that God loved him. Spending years working on becoming the best Christian possible. John Wesley and his brother, Charles, and several others, became missionaries to the colony of Georgia. The mission trip failed, and John Wesley returned how questioned if he was saved. While in Georgia, Wesley befriended members of a Christian community known as Moravians.


          John returned home to England and sought out a community of Moravians living because of their sincere faith. He desperately wanted this for himself. On the evening of May 24th, 1738, Moravians invited him to worship. While the readers were sharing, John finally realized God truly loved him there at a meeting house on Aldersgate Street. John had worked to devote his life to God, but it was not about his work and knowledge. God loved John.


        I believe many of us can relate to John Wesley’s story. We have likely had moments on our journey where we struggled to know God loved us and where we may have felt like we failed. But God is always faithful and loves you as His child. God loves you for who you are and not for what you do in life. God loves you.


        John Wesley went on from Aldersgate to be involved in preaching and creating small groups for over the next fifty years. Many groups claim to connect to him today, including around 80 million people who identify as Methodist, including the largest, The United Methodist Church, which has over 12 million members worldwide. God used John Wesley for his kingdom, and God can you and me do great things for Him too!


Let us pray.


Wesley’s Covenant Prayer (UMH # 607)


I am no longer my own, but thine.

Put me to what thou wilt, rank me with whom thou wilt.

Put me to doing, put me to suffering.

Let me be employed by thee or laid aside for thee,

Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.

Let me be full, let me be empty.

Let me have all things, let me have nothing.

I freely and heartily yield all things to thy pleasure and disposal.

And now, O Glorious and blessed God,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

Thou art mine, and I am thine. So be it.

And the covenant which I have made on earth,

Let it be ratified in heaven. Amen.

         

Song of Praise:  And Can It Be – Writing by Charles Wesley

Sung by Stuart Townend

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu2uA6U4Fxg  


Scripture Lesson: Romans 12:1-2

Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans%2012:1-2&version=NIV

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Leaving the Old Life for the New Life

Back in February I stopped by Wildwood Park and found the park was under construction and snow blanketed everything. This image far different from the first time I saw it cover with flowers and bright green grass in the springtime. Yet this photograph is a reminder us how we die in our sins at one time, but God has reached out to us to change us.


         God worked in us a new work in creation by helping us to be transformed. As Paul writes, “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith…” (Ephesians 2:7 NIV). God has given us salvation and loves us so much. God considers us to be his handiwork, and we can do good works through the love of Jesus. Our desires and ways before knowing God have been completely changed! Praise God, who is has made us alive in Christ!


Let us pray.


Gracious God, thank you for your love for us. We are so thankful for your care for each of us. Help us put away the old ways of living and seek out living as Jesus desires us to do. We pray this in your Holy Name, One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Song of Praise:  Lord, I Need You

Sung by Lauren Daigle & Acoustics by Matt Maher Cover

Link:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xambgAwkGg0


Scripture Lesson: Ephesians 2:1-10 NIV

Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians%202:1-10&version=NIV

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"Praying and Praising God"

Paul writes to the Colossians when he first heard of these believers; he started to pray for them. Paul models for us the life of intercessory prayer. We should continually pray for one another when we think of one another when we have our devotional times when we can lift up all those who come to our minds in our prayers.


 I know for myself the list to pray for feels daunting, so one way I have learned to pray has involved having specific days to lift up individuals. For example, on Sundays, I specifically pray for Pastors I know well to listen to the Holy Spirit to guide them in leading worship, and on Mondays, I pray for my immediate family. If you are not in the practice of prayer for others, I would like to encourage you to consider this framework to help you pray for your family, friends, and neighbors.


Another helpful prayer is known as the "flash" or "arrow" prayer. Have you ever had someone cross your mind you had not thought of in some time? Perhaps the Holy Spirit is calling you to pray specifically for them at this moment. You can say aloud or in your mind, "Lord, help this person. In Jesus Name. Amen." These short prayers do make a difference.


Paul also encourages us to give praise to God. He gives thanks for the work of believers he has never met. We can also do the same as we give thanks for all God has done for us in our lives. God continues to bring renewal to our lives as God brings forth the flowers in the spring.


Holy God, you are awesome and wonderful. Help us to learn how we can pray more for others. We praise you, One God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Song of Praise:  All Creatures of Our God and King 

Sung by Sovereign Grace Music

Link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUZD0hgtSgE


Scripture Lesson: Colossians 1:9 -14

Link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Colossians%201:9-14&version=NIV

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Jesus Teach Us To Pray

"One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray…'."  

Luke 11:1-2 NIV


Recently I shared in a Youth Study about how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. I find it interesting that this is the one thing the gospels record the disciples asking Jesus how they should do it. Jesus model for them the Lord's Prayer. The prayer cares so much meaning. Beginning with the words "Our Father," we can know God is our heavenly Father of us all. We recognize in this pray how God's Name is Holy and give thanks for our daily provisions. We are to forgive others as God has forgiven us. There is so much to learn from the words of the Lord's Prayer.


I also share in the Youth Study a form of prayer that can help our prayer lives. It is known as A.C.T.S. Prayer. It is an acronym that stands for the following.


A-  Adoration , C- Confession, T- Thanksgiving, S- Supplication


We begin by acknowledging God with a title showing our love for him. Then we confess our sins to God. Next, we give thanks to God for all he is doing in our lives. Finally, we lift our supplications and petitions on our hearts to the Lord. The A.C.T.S. prayer is a great way to pray when you are in the middle of your day to pray for one item in each category.  The prayer below follows the A.C.T.S. model below. I invite you to take the time to write out a prayer following this formula. It is my hope this model of pray can help you learn more about praying today!


Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us your Son for the Holy Spirit and us to be our advocate. Although we often confess to we have often fallen short of your ideals for us and sinned against you, we ask for your forgiveness. Thank you for all the provisions you have given us in food, shelter, and many other things. We ask that you help us be more like Jesus as we learn to follow His example more each day. We pray this in your Holy Name. Amen.

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Welcome the Newest Members to BUMC

This past Sunday, April 18th, Bryan and Kelly Lescanec join Bridgewater UMC. The Lescanecs have two children Ben and Claire who were baptized this past Sunday as well during our 8:30 a.m. Worship Service.


Please take the time to welcome them to our church family.

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