Youth


Greg Horton Director email

We focus on encouraging our young people to actively serve God by using their time and talents to glorify Him in everything they do; whether it be a home, school or in their community.

 


 


News - August 30, 2020

Message from the Youth Leader:

What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:26-33, 36-40, NIV)

Is everyone a pastor?  Do we all hear the word of God?  Are we all capable of seeing His workings in the world?  Yes.  God has gifted to each of those who have asked it, the Holy Spirit, a portion and the whole of Himself, so we can each interact with Him directly.  With His spirit He has also given every believer a set of special spiritual gifts that are a unique mix for every individual.  Some are gifted with the ability to preach, some to worship, some to evangelism and some to generosity, but we are all expected to preach, worship, evangelize and be generous.  Some are better at it, but we all must try our best.  If we all use our gifts simultaneously, how do we avoid the chaos of everyone’s gifts sending them in different directions?

The early church had nothing but the freedom of the spirit to work with.  We can see this in the early portions of the Book of Acts.  The disciples didn’t quite know what their church was supposed to look like; was the church supposed to look like the synagogues that they came from, or something wholly different?  There was no precedent to rest upon.  Quickly the church recognized the need to organize, to divide the tasks of the church into smaller portions so that the body of the church could have a greater role in their completion.  Deacons were appointed to help distribute the food to widows and members of the church were sent out as missionaries.  The chaos of the church was brought to a focused goal of spreading the gospel and growing the body of believers.  What began as pure freedom of ministry under the direct guidance of the Holy Spirit became the loose bureaucracy of members being empowered and directed in their acts by the leaders of the church.

We must thread the needle between these two concepts today in the same way as the early church.  Chaos of pure freedom doesn’t allow for real progress, nor is it a very newcomer friendly way of running things.  Control by the leaders can easily strip the believers of their own agency and ability to be Spirit led.  The church must both have a strong organization that allows for the body to know how to be involved and be flexible to new miracles and guidance from the Holy Spirit.  To better use the gifts God has given us, we must be able to trust some other part of the body to take care of the gifts that we don’t have.  We must love each other enough and trust God enough to build a church that depends on His leadership and organizes ourselves in ways to greater empower each member to His cause.

Event Updates:

  • Bible Study is BACK, BABY!
  • Sundays               9-10am
  • Wednesdays      6:30-7:30pm

We are currently working through the letters of 1 & 2 Corinthians in both classes.

  • New! Youth Afterschool Special:
  • Starting Friday, 8/28 from 5-9pm and continuing on alternating Fridays thereafter we will be hosting at the church an afterschool event focused upon service and fun.  The plan is to make a meal together, perform a small service project, and have fun together.  The event is currently for youth only 6th-12th grade, but may become more open to family participation as the event evolves.

(Current Scheduled dates are 8/28, 9/11, 9/25)

 

Greg Horton
Youth Leader

May 1st, 8pm- Worship Rally and Broomball, $15 per student. Overnighter in the youthroom to follow. Permission slip required. More information avalible on the event page.  http://www.facebook.com/events/414143242087469/

June 22-27th- STRAM Camp- A camp that offers everything from white water rafting to archery, with the added benefit of God's glory being shared.  $250 per student, includes all everything but paintball. A complete packet is avalible at http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/48/YouthNorthernSTRAMpacket22015.pdf

 

July 4th - 10am, Arden Arcade 4th of July Parade. Students join together to serve the community by passing out water and balloons to children and adults along the parade route.

 

- See more at: http://elcaminobaptist.org/pulse_youth_44337#sthash.K71S2jXb.dpuf

Events:

May 1st, 8pm- Worship Rally and Broomball, $15 per student. Overnighter in the youthroom to follow. Permission slip required. More information avalible on the event page.  http://www.facebook.com/events/414143242087469/

June 22-27th- STRAM Camp- A camp that offers everything from white water rafting to archery, with the added benefit of God's glory being shared.  $250 per student, includes all everything but paintball. A complete packet is avalible at http://images.acswebnetworks.com/1/48/YouthNorthernSTRAMpacket22015.pdf

 

July 4th - 10am, Arden Arcade 4th of July Parade. Students join together to serve the community by passing out water and balloons to children and adults along the parade route.

 

- See more at: http://elcaminobaptist.org/pulse_youth_44337#sthash.K71S2jXb.dpuf

 

Interested in how you can be part of this ministry?
If you have any further questions about ECBC Youth Ministries or if you have an interest in helping, please contact Greg Horton at the church office (916) 488-1522 or simply e-mail office@elcaminobaptist.org.