What’s “NEXT?” As youth grow older, they are always looking ahead. From iPod to iPhone, bicycle to learner’s permit; they are consciously and unconsciously asking the question: “What’s NEXT?” This is why the Purchase District is coming together to offer a one-day event: “NEXT: Exploring Your Christian Walk.”
This event is tailored to Middle School Youth, but is open to 5th-10th graders who will experience a day of fellowship and fun while seeds are planted both now and in the future. Life can take us many places. Along the way, how we see ourselves can change as our interests change. And yet, as time moves on; there are some things that NEVER change!
Malachi 3:6a: “I the LORD do not change.” Even though we are always growing and changing, there are things about us that NEVER change. Such as this truth; “.”
So where are our youth right now? Right now, our youth may say, “I am a Christian who plays the trumpet and loves playing Xbox.” What about 2 years from now? They might say, “I am a Christian who is a Summer Counselor at Lakeshore UMA.” 5 years? “I am a Christian who is a part of a College Wesley Foundation or volunteers with Project Transformation.” 10 years? We have an army of Christians entering every imaginable career and field making Disciples and transforming the world!
NEXT will take place at Christ UMC 1322 W. Broadway Mayfield, KY 42066. We will begin in the Church Sanctuary at 10am and end with at time of Holy Communion, prayer, and commissioning in the Sanctuary at 2pm. Lunch will be provided and this is a completely free event filled with music, games, and prizes.
This will be a day of building relationships and making connections. Individuals and small groups will meet Christians of different ages and walks of life who are living out their faith. We will learn “The Church doesn’t have a mission; there is a mission, and it has the Church.”
As part of our preparation for this day we ask participants to register (see link below) and to follow the link to the Cokesbury Youth Spiritual Gifts Assessment. This will be helpful in our journey of discovering what’s NEXT. We can’t wait to begin the journey with you!