E.P.I.C. (Engaging People In Christ)

The month of September has seen my transition to the new Director of Youth and Children here at NLFUMC. Throughout all of these changes, I am reminded of Esther. God prepped her for many years before she was to use her God given courage and bravery to approach the King and save her people, “in such a time as this”. Amidst moving to a new state, getting three children settled, and having knee surgery, I came to the realization that God has indeed been preparing me for such a time as this – to come here to be in ministry at NLFUMC. I want to thank all of you for welcoming my family and I with open arms. It is such a blessing to be part of such a great church family.

These past few weeks, I have spent some time getting to know as many people as possible. We had our EPIC kick-off on Sunday, September 13, where I got the opportunity to build relationships with 35 teenagers through an awesome night of messy games. Whether they were attempting to shave a balloon, decorating each other as cupcakes, or playing slip-n-slide kickball, an incredibly fun time was had by all. I am looking forward to the rest of the EPIC school year as we add more leaders, try out some new games (like 9 square in the air, thanks Pastor Josh!), and diving deep into our faith and learn how to live it out.

Sunday school also kicked off on September 13—it was a big day! We led 60 students with our theme for the year We Bee-long to Jesus. I am so grateful to come on board to a thriving church with a fantastic teaching team in the Children’s Ministry! We have added a Jr. High Sunday School class which meets at 8:45 am in the library, and I am excited and looking forward to expanding our Children’s ministry and involving more families. One addition that we have made already is the creation of take-home sheets. Each Sunday School class will now have take-home sheets for the parents that includes the key themes, bible passage, and ways parents can integrate the Sunday School lesson into their lives at home.

We are also still in need of a few Sunday School teachers for Pre-K music, it’s a small time commitment and great for someone who wants to get a start in Children’s Ministry! We also need teachers for our 10:00 am multi-age classrooms. Please contact me if you are interested in helping out.

Yours In Christ,
Beth Botsford
Director of Youth and Children

youthdir@southslope.net
319-626-2762

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