Junior Youth Group: BLAST
BLAST is a Christian youth group for children and youth in 5th-8th grades. BLAST is an acronym for Building Lives Around Sound Truth, so we seek to find God's truth for us in His Word and teachings and develop strong ties with each other to learn how to live out our faith in our homes, churches, friendships, community, and world.
We meet each week on Monday nights during the school year from 6:00 - 7:30pm for food, fun, fellowship and explore how we can apply Christian Truth to our daily lives. We also plan activities throughout the summer and year, such as summer camp, VBS, field trips, family outings, and serving others through outreach.
Click on the images below for the Blast 2018 & 2019 activity calendars!
I have some great topics for our Bible Studies this year and am looking forward to leading the group in discussions that will include: The Power of Words, Identity, Drama Queens and Blow-up Kings, Proverbs, Hope, Guarding Your Hearts.
CALENDAR: Our current season Calendar link is posted above. We have more fun and meaningful events scheduled for this year, including bowling, Spiritual Retreat, and more!
Upcoming Dates/ Events:
I hope you and your families enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season and a Happy New Year!
I am looking forward to seeing my BLAST friends as we begin our 2019 together. Our first night back together we will focus our Bible study on puzzles.... yes, I said puzzles and how they can be related to our lives and Scripture! Over the holidays, Mark and I worked on a jigsaw puzzle, and I had God-thoughts on how puzzles are a lot like our Christian walk! I am hoping all of my friends will be at BLAST for this!
I have updated some of our BLAST activities for the first quarter of this year.
Bowling Night, Saturday, February 2nd 5:15-8:00PM
February 2nd was initially scheduled for a WinterJam (a Christian concert) event, but WInterJam is not scheduled until March. Soooooo, we will go bowling on that night instead. I have reserved 4 lanes at Cherokee Lanes for us. We will meet at the church at 5:15 and return to the church around 8:00. The cost is $10 per person and each person should bring money for snacks. RSVP by Monday, January 28th.
Our BLAST group will attend Camp Glisson once again this summer. I will hand out the dates tonight, but the registration is already open. Orange UMC will cover the registration fee for ALL BLAST members who attend. We will have fund-raisers up until the deadline for the remaining amount to be paid for camp tuition. All BLAST members who participate in the fundraisers will be given an equal amount of the money raised to go towards camp tuition. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact me!
Spiritual Life Retreat
When we planned our calendar this year, we considered a weekend retreat for our group. Camp Glisson offers a spiritual life retreat in the spring for 6th-12th graders. I have chosen the weekend of March 22-24th. I need to know the interest from YOU before I pursue this activity any further. The cost is $145 per person and this year's theme is "Room at the Table." Please visit https://www.ngumc.org/spiritualliferetreats and let me know if you are interested by Monday, January 21st! We may be able to furnish partial or complete tuition costs for this, but I need to know what the interest in this retreat is before I move on this!
Ash Wednesday Pancake Dinner, March 6th
I know that March seems a long way away, but our first fundraiser for Camp Glisson will be our Pancake Dinner. Please go ahead and put this date on your calendars and begin inviting your friends and families to come. As a reminder, the money from this event goes towards Camp Glisson summer camp tuition.
We are continuing to collect socks and underwear for school-aged children for MUST Ministries. In addition, we will begin a winter coat drive for MM. Please go through your closets and donate those unused coats that could be put to use to help warm someone else during this cold winter!
January 21st- Contact Lynn about interest in SLR at Glisson (NO BLAST- MLK)
January 28th- Deadline to RSVP for Bowling Night (2/2) BLAST
February 2nd- Bowling Night- Bring $10 to bowl and extra money for snacks 5:15-8:00PM
February 4th, 11th, 25th- BLAST (No BLAST 2/18- President's Day)
March 6th- Pancake Dinner Fund Raiser
March 22-24th- CAMP Glisson Spiritual Life Retreat
Here is the link to the BLAST Dinner Sign up for this season.
Please consider and sign up to provide dinner for one of our regular Monday night meetings.
As always, if you know of 5th-8th graders that would be interested in BLAST, please email me those email addresses!
In His love and service,
Please contact Leaders Lynn Outlaw at (678) 316-7928 or [email protected]