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I’VE BEEN THINKING...ABOUT “YOUTH SUNDAY,” FEB. 26, 2012

Youth Sunday will be held on February 26th this year. It is always an exciting event here at Mogadore Christian. “New Creation Youth Group” brings a wonderful energy to the morning worship. They put together a unique and meaningful service every year! Some very positive changes are in story this year. Make sure that this date is on your calendar, and bring your children, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and even your neighbors to share in this vibrant worship service.

First, the Choir of Light will be singing as part of the service. Second, there will be a guest speaker who will focus the sermon specifically towards the “tweens and teens”. He is going to keep it real for them, as well as help us more mature folks understand some of the challenges that youth face today. The preacher will be Steven Yackey, who will soon be on staff with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship with the University of Cincinnati.

You might think that you know all about the IVCF, or perhaps you have never heard of them at all. Either way, here is a bit of background:

It was way back in 1877, when Christian students began meeting together at the University of Cambridge, in England. They were intentional during these meetings about praying, studying the Bible, and figuring out how to witness to other students in meaningful ways. Despite disapproval by some of the university officials, it didn’t take long until similar groups sprang up on other campuses.

Eventually, these groups came together to form the British InterVarsity (“inter”, meaning between, and “varsity”, which is the British term for college level students). From the very beginning they had a strong passion to share the gospel all over the world with those who had never heard it.

Fast forward to 1928: In response to a plea from students in Canada, British InterVarsity appealed to Howard Guinness to travel overseas. He was a medical school graduate, and was serving as the vice-chairman of the British InterVarsity.

"By students for students", has always been the theme of the ministry of InterVarsity. Remarkably, it was the students who helped to raise the money to provide his one-way passage to Canada!

When he arrived on the East Coast of Canada, Howard Guinness faithfully relied on God to somehow provide the funds for his ministry. For fourteen months, he traveled across Canada, meeting with students at various universities, and providing them with a model of daily prayer gatherings, and weekly Bible study. Guinness also promoted training leaders in high schools and camps.

By 1937, the Canadians began to receive requests for help from students in the United States. Just as England had sent someone to them, so the Canadians sent their own Director, Stacey Woods, to meet with students at the University of Michigan. As an immediate result of that visit, students formed the first InterVarsity chapter in the United States.

Fast forward again, this time to 2011: There are almost 1,000 on staff with IVCF serving over 36,000 students at 557 college campuses, and that’s just in the United States! (Each staff member must raise their own support, just like a missionary.)

Steven Yackey has been a part of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since he was a sophomore at Oberlin College. He served as the local chapter President during his fourth year at Oberlin, where he majored in Jazz Studies. Steven’s sermon will focus on “The Importance of Christian Influence In Your Life”. Currently living in the Akron area, he is raising his financial support for his pending adventure with IVCF in Cincinnati.

We are excited to celebrate a unique and wonderful Youth Sunday on the 26th of February!

In Matthew 18:3-5 Jesus said:

“I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. And anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me.

The participants in our youth group are no longer little children, but the scripture remains truthful. We all have much to learn from “New Creation”.

~Pastor J

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