Recently the Pine Tree Academy Campus Ministries team led out the church service for Brunswick SDA Church. The students picked the songs for song service and offeratory led by JP Tshamala, Grace Johnson, Lauren Krueger, Jalen Tamaleaa, Gabe Goodman, and Elizabeth Frye. Victoria Edmond spoke for the offering and Elizabeth Frye played piano for the offeratory and accompanied Jasmine Kunts for special music.
The sermon was the first by our Volunteer Pastor of Brunswick Church who was very enthusiastic about having the youth lead out in the church service.
Grace Johnson, a senior at PTA, said "It was super fun working along with my friends, everyone had a good time both planning and executing our own youth led church service; the whole thing was a learning experience and a blessing."
Gabe Goodman, a freshmen, said it was "Nerve wracking, but fun."
The group looks forward to doing this again in other local congregations. I believe the more we can get youth involved the less "nerve wracking" it will be and the more we can provide a learning experience as both sides receive a blessing and God is glorified. This is a necessary step in empowering our youth to not only be active members who take personal ownership of church activities and involvement but also active leaders in service of our God and community.