We've talked about worshipping fully, spending less and giving more this Advent season...but what does it look like to love all? If we are truly living in to God's calling on our lives, we will not only make it a point to spend time and do something special for our family and friends this Christmas. We will also spread God's love to those we don't know...those who are often considered "the least of these" (see Matthew 25:31-46). Before going up to watch the children's musical, we thought together of various ways we could love all not just this Christmas, but into next year. We brainstormed many local and global ideas of ways we could meet needs in our own community and around the world. Then we decided on one local project and one global project we were going to commit to as the youth of Farmville United Methodist Church in the coming year! The youth decided as a local project they wanted to fix some warm meals for those in need. And as a global project, they want to collect and donate kids clothing and shoes for children in need around the world. We will spend time after the new year working on details on how we are going to spread God's love in these ways! I am so proud of our youth. They are passionate faith filled teenagers that really want to make a difference in this world. They jump at opportunities to do mission work and consistently share God's love with those around them. They have embraced this Advent Conspiracy and are thinking about how they can "do Christmas" differently this year. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. May God bless you and your family, and may you share that blessing with everyone you see. Peace!
A few pictures from the Children's Christmas Musical: Silent Night, Holy Mice!