Junior High Youthquake: UCM Students as Leader Corps
Four UCM students were among the twelve Leader Corps members who helped facilitate the annual junior high retreat for the Presbytery of Arkansas. Around seventy youth gathered for the event over the weekend of September 23-25. The theme was “We Are Connected: I am part of you and you are part of me”, based on Romans 12:5. Keynote leader, Rev. Patrick Laney introduced himself to the youth as “a junior-high kid with twenty-seven years of experience” and this showed in how well he related to the youth in his keynotes.
Other highlights of the event were great small groups with leadership from our UCM students, real-life and relatable answers to participants’ questions by Patrick, the beautiful weather, the glow-stick dance, and communion worship led by Rev. Marie Mainard-O’Connell.
(Left: Students- Katie, Sarah, Julianna, Hartley and UCM Director of Ministries, Mary Shaw.
Right: Patrick leading closing worship.)