Games, worship, community outreach define youth ministry

Published: Friday, October 19, 2012 at 10:34 AM.

Though First United Methodist runs the program, not all o participants are Methodists.

“The one thing I think is unique about our youth group is their families go to different churches on Sunday, but this is where the kids come on Wednesday,” Taylor’s mom, Kari Ruschmeier, said.

“There’s something for everyone,” Matthew said. “Nobody cares what church you go to.”

“I’ve never brought anybody here that didn’t fit in,” Taylor said.

Around 6:30, the ruckus in the Big Room of the church’s new family life center settles down and the kids take seats for midweek worship. Quiet prayer precedes praise singing led by a student band. As student leaders take over the service, Dasinger quietly steps aside.

The youth ministry isn’t just about fun, games and Wednesday night worship, however. In addition to counseling kids about typical adolescent anxieties ranging from relationships to peer pressure, Dasinger also stresses the importance of serving the community.

“Our youth serve in our church’s soup kitchen several times a year, where they prepare and serve a meal for those in our community,” he said. “They also assist in cleaning our church’s cold night shelter.”

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