Monday, October 13
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The Presbytery of Newton
Young adult ministry feels a little bit like looking at a panel of dials and trying to figure out how to adjust them all in just the right way. The Presbyterian Church in Morristown has, like every other church in the country, been trying to reach young adults for years. It has offered contemporary services, lunches after church, service projects, events to see speakers like Rob Bell, and Theology Pubs in the vibrant local restaurant community. Its story is really no different than any other congregation’s. Statistics continue to show that over half of involved youth will leave their congregation during their young adult years.
The Morristown congregation continues to look for new ways to engage young adults. The reality is that young adults often come on their own terms. Young adults have their own visions and hopes for what the church could be. They want to be engaged, not stuck within the walls of the church on some committee. They want to go out and make a difference. They want to be a part of their communities. They want to engage the culture around them. And that is what the congregation in Morristown is trying to do—to engage young adults where they are and provide opportunities for them to reflect on faith and doubt and how it intersects with culture, politics, the arts, and the society they find themselves in. They want to meet the young adults of Morristown right where they are.
Pray for the Presbyterian Church in Morristown and the many congregations like it that are continually looking for ways to engage with young adults in their communities.
The Presbytery of Newton, encompassing four counties in northwest New Jersey, is home to 59 congregations and Johnsonburg Presbyterian Center, the camp serving the presbyteries of New Jersey.
—Angela Rines, director of youth and young adults, the Presbyterian Church in Morristown
Let us join in prayer for:
Rev. Jeanne Radak, presbytery leader
Rev. Diane Curtis, stated clerk
Lizabeth Hutchinson, financial administrator
Cathy Burrafato, resource center coordinator
Sonja Gaertner, office manager
Rev. Dr. James H. Chestnutt, executive presbyter emeritus
Rev. Charles L. Ringe III, stated clerk emeritus
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God, thank you for the new things you are doing in new generations. May the church be open to receiving fresh faith and fresh ideas. Amen.