By Kiley Pritchard,  PSPC Youth Director

This Sunday is Youth Sunday. Our youth are excited to be leading us in worship, and our 4 senior boys will be sharing their testimonies. Most of you are probably used to Youth Sunday being on Souper Bowl Sunday, but change can be a good thing sometimes. It’s hard to believe this school year is already coming to an end, and summer plans are being made. As I reflect back on the year with PSY I feel joyful, hopeful, and proud of our youth. Meaningful conversations about our faith, hard conversations, multiple service projects, overnight lock-ins, community led events, many, many laughs, and a lot of love. Our youth come from different backgrounds, different homes, and many different opinions. However, when we’re together as a group, you can feel the bond they have with one another, regardless of their differences. PSY is a safe place, where you are free to be who you are, and know you are loved and accepted no matter what — both by each other, myself, and God. It’s so important for our youth to have a place like this, and I feel grateful every day to be helping guide them through these vital years in their life.
This summer, we have 9 high schoolers attending Montreat Youth Conference in North Carolina. Three have never been before. We will be there July 10th – 16th. The theme for this summer is “More Than Enough.” Our hope for Montreat is that the kids leave knowing that: their faith matters, they are loved as they are, and they are a part of a community of faith.
Our Youth Sunday theme is “The Fruit of the Spirit.” I hope each of you make an effort to come and support our youth this Sunday at our 9:45 a.m. service.

Scripture Reading: Galatians 5: 22-23
By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Reflection Questions:
Which fruit of the Spirit do you practice the most? Which do you need to be more mindful about?
Has a youth ever impacted your life?
What summer plans do you have?

Prayer: Loving God, we thank you for our youth. We’re grateful for who they are, and who they are becoming. Continue to guide them and shine your light upon them. Amen.