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It was a fantastic summer for our youth group with tons of fun and memories to last a lifetime. The summer event schedule for youth was concluded with a swim party hosted by Pastor Paul this past Sunday afternoon and the kids had an absolute blast with lots of laughs and belly flops. As all our students are transitioning back to school for the fall, our youth group is also transitioning into fall programming. Something that has been very clear about this group is that they value a sense of community and closeness which is why we have chosen to build this program around the Scripture from 1 Thessalonians 5:11 which reads, "encourage each other and build each other up." With this verse at the center, our youth will be given opportunities to build each other up as they grow in knowledge through Bible studies, fellowship meetings, outreach events, acts of service, and leadership initiatives.

Youth Bible Study will continue to take place during the worship service on Sunday mornings and, in the fall, will be focused on the Old Testament providing foundational knowledge to our students.

Sunday afternoons from 4 - 6 pm beginning September 4th is the start of the youth fellowship and outreach program that will emphasize community and connectedness with more topic-based lessons that provide opportunities for our youth to invite their friends.

Wednesday Nights from 5:30 - 7 pm beginning September 14th is the start of the youth leadership program that gives students the opportunity to help lead the younger kids of our faith family during their Wednesday Night Kids program. This is an opportunity for any youth interested in developing leadership skills to do so alongside adult leaders while also receiving service hours.

There is much to be excited about for the fall youth program at San Pedro and as the school year starts and all of us become busier and busier, let us remember to take the time to encourage one another and build each other up.