Youth

 Dear Covenant Youth & Families,

There is nothing we can do to make God love us and there is nothing we can do to make God stop loving us.  Phew!  No matter where we go and what we do, our God will always be there loving us.  And, we get the opportunity to keep trying again to live better lives that will carry God's love into the world.  I am glad we are on this journey together.  It is better when you are here!  There are still opportunities for youth to serve in worship and I am working on some other mission projects.  I am praying for you all with gratitude and thanksgiving.  Spring will be here soon and our youth lunches will resume.  I am looking forward to it already.

Grace and peace,

Erin

 

Mission UN-Trip 2021

We had hoped to be able to travel for our mission trip this summer, but those plans have been canceled yet again due to Covid.  But that isn't going to stop us from gathering together (safely) and helping people who need it!  We are planning a Mission Un-Trip in June where we will serve people in our own community and learn about ways in which we can make a difference in our own city.  Projects will be outside as much as possible and participants will be distanced and asked to wear a mask.  Please contact Erin for more information on this meaningful week!

 

Acceptance, encouragement, fun, and lots of love.
Erin Wise, Director of Children's & Youth Ministries. Contact Erin.

Stay tuned for future start up dates for:

Youth Worship 
Please join us for youth worship Sundays at 10am in the chapel. We have time to hang out and share about our week before moving into a message, music and prayer together. We have snacks! All youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to join!

Also:
- Youth Vocal Ensemble and Youth Instrumental Ensembles perform 3-4 times throughout the year.  See Erin for information on rehearsals.

- Youth special events and activities are scheduled throughout the year.  See Erin to get added to the email list so you don't miss the fun!

 

Service Opportunities
Children learn to love one another by doing it.  
- Our children bring in food for our church's food pantry and sometimes help stock it.  
- We take field trips to places like the Westerville Food Pantry and work there. 
- We make cards for people who cannot make it to church anymore and for others who could use a good dose of love.

Feed the Funnel
In October 2019, youth participated in the all-church Feed the Funnel party to pack meals to help our neighbors in need.
A huge thank you to all of our church friends and family who showed up to help us Feed the Funnel!  With your help, we were able to pack 12,409 meals which we donated to the Mid-Ohio foodbank!  Helping those who are food insecure in our community is such a gift. Being able to have a party while we do so was an incredible bonus!
Special thanks to a generous grant from The Jay Fund for helping make this event happen.

The Jay Fund (shorthand for “The Jay Armstrong Endowment for Youth in Ministry”)

The Jay Fund (shorthand for “The Jay Armstrong Endowment for Youth in Ministry”) provides money to support youth ministry. This fund was established in 2014 thanks to generous gifts from Jay himself through his estate as well as from family and friends in his memory. Every year, the Jay Fund Committee determines how proceeds from the endowment will be distributed. The grants can be for mission or service (local, national, or worldwide), and can be for either expenses or capital, and can benefit Covenant’s youth or friends of our youth. The criteria are this broad so that the endowment might “enliven Jay’s giving spirit and dedication to youth ministry forevermore!” Since it was established, the endowment has raised $65,000 (and counting!) and has granted $12,000.  In early 2019, the Committee decided to adjust the funding year to coordinate with the Youth Commission’s budgeting process and discussions, so decisions on funding are now made in the April timeframe. Through the endowment, we wish to carry on Jay’s tradition of helping the Covenant youth to engage in the community through mission and service while growing their faith. 

     Most recently, the Jay Fund provided $3,000 to help finance the FEED THE FUNNEL event on October 12, 2019 where 12,409 meals were packed by children, youth, and adults of Covenant for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. 

Thank you!
The Jay Fund Committee: Cathy Levy, Peggy Siegel, Anne Remias, Tim Augsback, Carol Craven, Betsy Patterson, and Erin Wise