Coincidences are a funny thing. It’s remarkable to me that two seemingly unrelated events can occur at the same time and in the same place. When the General Conference made their decision last week about the United Methodist’s stance on the LGBTQ+ community, it was merely coincidental that it lined up with Youth Sunday. I felt confused, saddened, and frustrated by the announcement, and I know those feelings were reciprocated by many others in our Hyde Park community. At the same time as this pronouncement was made, the youth in the church were planning our yearly Youth Sunday programming. And while I was still incredibly upset by the results of the General Conference, I was moved by the efforts of my friends and peers in Merge who were so vocal during the services in sharing their personal beliefs on the matter. I realized that as the future generation of the church, we have a responsibility to share the hope and love with those who precede us and those who come after us, no matter the decisions of today. So, to the LGBTQ+ members of this church and of Merge, please know that you are loved deeply, and we will continue to fight for you.
Members of this year’s Confirmation Class attended a conference-wide retreat at Warren Willis Camp Feb. 15-17. In addition to time spent studying their course material, confirmands attended services led by a praise band from FSU’s Wesley Foundation. They also worked through some team-building exercises and spent some free time in the ever-popular gaga ball pits.
Members of our Merge youth ministries have begun the process of being confirmed in our church. Open to all youth, the class is largely made up of students in the seventh grade. Classes will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings, with a retreat on Feb 15-17 at Warren Willis Camp. Students will join the church at our 11 a.m. service on April 28. The first class will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, so there’s still time to register.
Join our Youth Ministry students to discuss what the sermon was about during worship. Whether you attended the 9:30 a.m. service or plan to attend the 11 a.m. service, this group is for you! Our program is student-led, with donuts to stimulate the conversation. 10:35-10:55 a.m. Sundays, Magnolia Second Floor