Wednesday, April 29
Teamwork among five Seattle-area PC(USA) churches is helping youth and leaders connect across congregations and neighborhoods. Lake City, Rainier Beach, Northminster, Seattle Community Church, and Snohomish First (in Northwest Coast Presbytery) came together to create UNITE, a joint youth retreat open to congregations wanting to foster a spirit of unity among their youth leaders and students.
“We started this retreat so we could unite youth from all around the Seattle area in the name of Christ and let them know they are not alone in their walk,” said HT Lee, youth director at Seattle Community Church. “The awesome thing is that youth who went to the same schools but didn’t know each other ended up connecting at these retreats. The Spirit is flowing through these youth and allowing them to grow into the people God intended them to be.”
The retreat, partially funded by a presbytery grant, took place after Christmas 2013 at Tall Timber Ranch, a picturesque and fun winter getaway in Leavenworth. “I thought it was awesome to be around kids from different churches and backgrounds,” said Jarred Hill, a youth group leader. Another youth leader, Christine Hong, shared that “it was great to see the Spirit move and see my friends just ‘rock out’ for Christ.”
Lina Thompson, pastor of Lake Burien Presbyterian, spoke to the more than 70 youth who attended. Congregations also sent youth leaders, teachers, parents, and other volunteers for a memorable time of bonding and fellowship.
Seattle Presbytery is home to 50 congregations.
—EJ Lee, executive assistant, and Aaron Willett, communications coordinator, Seattle Presbytery
Let us join in prayer for
Elder Noelle Royer, member, PMA Board
Rev. Scott Lumsden, executive presbyter
Rev. Kevin Nollette, associate executive presbyter
Rev. Eliana Maxim, associate executive presbyter
EJ Lee, executive assistant
Binh Nguyen, South East Asia ministry team director
Aaron Willett, communications coordinator
Kris Green, bookkeeper
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God, we look to you this day and ask that the Holy Spirit would move in our lives, our neighborhoods, our churches, and our cities to make us one. Amen.