What are we up to? See for yourself.
For our side of the Scouting partnerships, we need to be in a relationship with God daily. Each of our partners has a place for youth to find a relationship with God. It is described differently: Duty to God, My Promise My Faith, or a spiritual spark. If we are to tend to the moments of faith and questions of youth, we need to be grounded in our relationship with God first.
We are with partners that accept all youth into the program. Membership in the partners has been open and recognizes the value of all people. We are ready to care together for youth.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
Thank you for serving in United Methodist Scouting!
THE CHAPEL PARABLE
A beautiful chapel built on the edge of the Sangre de Christo Mountains. The wooden cross rises to the West. A sunset service opens the time for youth to leave the human-shaped world behind: a simple reminder of creation breathed into existence by a creator. In the stillness, the rocks call out. The buffalo and deer pass by with casual grace. The great creator paints the sky.
As the season ends, the winter falls upon the pews. Now, empty of the youth they once held. The wood begins to crack. Splinters rise. Soon the chapel is no longer inviting. At the edge of the mountains, the cross still rises to the West. God still casts the paint and shadows in stunning hues each evening. Youth will come again.
Along came a congregation with love for the next generation and worship. They saw some of the old wood was good; much would be replaced. A revival song broke out as the work went on. A cry was heard from the hills. “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth; Do you not see it?”
Recognize partnerships are ministries. They started through caring members who saw a greater opportunity to connect with youth. There was a recognition that youth needed a place to belong, a purpose to live in, and the potential to grow. That origin has not changed as we look into the world today. Won’t you join in ministry?
“The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed.” – Psalm 103:6 NIV
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