We have had many opportunities throughout the summer to bond and grow as a youth group. Since my last article we enjoyed a combined rafting and kayaking trip as a church. This was a great time of fellowship together. The High School group also went to Montreat for the first time. This was a week of spiritual growth and encouragement to be refreshed just before school starts. Speaking of school, the Youth Connection had the opportunity to assist Foothills Family Resources in packing 225 back packs with school supplies to be given to families in need.

Pray for us as we grow in our outreach to our community. We also ended the Summer and kicked off the school year with a Lake Day Party Aug. 27. This was also an opportunity for new students to be introduced to our group.

Many exciting things are happening this Fall. We have an opportunity to partner with the Travelers Rest High School Booster Club this Fall. We will be providing post game snacks to the football players after the game on Sept. 16. Also, Sunday Night Sept. 11, Youth Connection will be kicking off with our new youth ministry team. The Youth will begin a journey this Fall in the study of Faith in an Anxious World Youth Sunday School will also begin on Sept. 11.

We are looking forward to being a part of the Middle and High School Retreats with PYC this year. The Foothills Presbytery Youth Council is a great way for our youth to serve alongside their peers while serving students in our presbytery. I was able to spend a day with other youth directors from the Foothills Presbytery at a Youth Ministers Retreat in August. We are talking about ways to increase our combined efforts as churches with youth throughout the upstate.

September 1
Registration opens for Middle School Retreat at Asbury Hills, Nov. 11 to 13, 2022.
Contact Jeff for more information.
September 11 Kick Off Sunday
This is the Sunday to move up to the Youth Group for those who have begun 6th grade. This is also a great opportunity to invite any 6th to 12th grader who has not been or has never been to Youth Sunday School or Sunday Nights.
9:00 a.m. Youth Sunday School begins
6:30 p.m. Kick off Youth Connection
September 16
After game Booster Club Snacks for Football Team, contact Jeff if you would like toassist with this opportunity.
September 30
Fifth Quarter (After game gathering for Students at the Church)
Save the Date
High School Retreat at Montreat Jan 6 to 8, 2023
We also will be involved with Rebuild Upstate in October more information to come.