America is an amazing country. We are guaranteed certain rights under the constitution. The most primary of these are the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Ask any American, whether they’re fresh off the boat or a twenty-third generation citizen, and they’ll tell you they would rather die than give these rights up.
If you’ve been lucky enough to study the constitution of our country, you know that the bill of rights is where it’s at. It’s easy to say we’re guaranteed the pursuit of happiness, but what does that entail?
The first amendment gives us a clue. Among other protected rights laid out there, our founding document gives us, in plain black and white, the right to freedom of religion. Check out this link to find out more about the constitution. It’s what made our country a destination for religious pilgrims from all over the world.
It is every American’s right and responsibility to choose the religious group that works best for them.
In this article, we’re going to take a look at the process for choosing a youth group that will help your children love religion, God, their communities, and themselves. The right group can help them form a lifelong connection to their spirituality that will ground them in times of trouble and stress. Their relationship to the almighty will get them through situations that even you won’t be able to guide them through. Isn’t it worth taking the time to get it right?
Assess Your Child’s Needs
The first thing you need to do when looking into a youth group is to decide what your child or children need. Sure, they need religious guidance, but there’s so much more to a youth group than that.
First, take a look at the energy level of your child. Are they quiet and calm, or do they prefer to run around the house in their free time? No matter what your child is like, there are groups to suit them.
Youth groups engage in a number of different activities in order to keep kids engaged. Some engage in quiet Bible study. Other groups offer more high-energy activities.
There are faith-based musicians that play every week. This can be a great way for a rambunctious child to participate in the church without having to sit still.
Others plan special events, for example, pancake breakfasts or community service. This can be a way for kids to see young adults and their peers engaging in healthy activities that bring them closer to God – and even bring the message out to the community at large.
A Group to Fit the Family
While Christianity has survived for thousands of years (look here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Church for more about the history of the church), many of today’s churches are firmly rooted in the present day. Some offer the ability to text to keep up with the church’s activities. This can be very convenient for a family on the go. Both you and your children can be kept in the loop on special events.
Nothing is more exciting to a kid than texting. Why not connect them with a wholesome group that offers them texts about the Lord?
As summer approaches, take the time to think about your family’s needs during school vacation. Many youth groups also offer summer camp to give your children a positive place to be during the long summer months.
Some even offer mission trips. This can be a way for your child or children to go out into the world and spread the word of God. They will learn valuable life lessons about the world around them in a safe, supervised environment. Many children return from missions energized and enthusiastic about what the work of the Lord can do for them and others.
Once you’ve talked to your kids and your family has made a list of programs that they are looking for, it’s time for you to get online. Look for testimonials from real churchgoers that can help you assess the overall tone and message of the ministry.
This might take some time, but don’t skip on this step. You might miss out on finding a youth group near you that suits you perfectly.
Finally, it’s time to make the trip to check out your chosen church.
Make sure to set aside plenty of time in order to make your trip a success. Bring a list of questions so you can be sure you’re making an informed commitment. Remember that you’re forming a strong relationship when you decide on a youth group. Besides you, these people will have the strongest impact on the minds and hearts of your children. You want to be sure that their values align strongly with yours.