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“The Spirit helps us in our weakness.” Rom. 8:26

Tuesday, January 28

The Presbytery of Riverside

California

Participants in the MOPS program at Little Church of the Desert Photo by Mario Janesin

 

Participants in the MOPS program at Little Church of the Desert

 

Photo by Mario Janesin

 

Creating space for the visions of younger adults is a challenge for congregations in a region to which many people retire, bringing their expectations about “how church is supposed to be.” At the same time, the number of adults age 20–34 within the bounds of Riverside Presbytery increased by 70 percent over the last decade. As the examples below indicate, our congregations are experimenting with ways to welcome them.

The Inland Empire Chinese Worshiping Community draws together immigrants from Taiwan and China. Many are young adults new not only to this country but to Christianity and have only recently accepted Christ.

Riverside has several military bases where young adults abound. Little Church of the Desert, near the Twentynine Palms Marine Base, hosts a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program that has brought several families into the congregation. Navy Chaplain Jeffrey Quinn offers wholeness and compassion to military personnel. Rev. Sam Roberts, a VA-hospital chaplain, provides pastoral care for soldiers traumatized by war.

Calvary (Riverside) hosts a Bible study for young adults each Sunday evening, and Northkirk (Rancho Cucamonga) regularly welcomes college students and working young adults for Bible Study, food, and fun. The Lake Arrowhead Church offers programs for young adults with children, and other twenty- and thirtysomethings host church gatherings and events. A group of young mothers meet weekly at a local coffee shop to connect spiritually and support one another.       

The Presbytery of Riverside’s 31 congregations and three worshiping communities have a total of 5,373 members.

Anita Hendrix, presbytery executive

Let us join in prayer for:

Presbytery Staff
Rev. Dr. Anita Hendrix, presbytery executive
Rev. Diane Frasher, stated clerk
Mario Janesin, office manager
Warren Simmons, treasurer
Rev. Rick Harrison, director, Big Bear Presbyterian Conference Center

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Terri Ann Bowman, PMA
Nancy Boxman, BOP
Rev. Debra Braaksma, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, help us to welcome the dreams and visions of young adults and to encourage them to lead the church in Jesus’ ministry and mission. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 54; 146
First Reading Genesis 15:1-11, 17-21
Second Reading Hebrews 9:1-14
Gospel Reading John 5:1-18
Evening Psalms 28; 99

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