LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — There are two characteristics that describe most young people. One, they are energetic and two, they love to spend time with each other. The adult leaders of the Moore County Youth Group are channeling these characteristics into fun activities. They are also teaching the youth the rewards of working together to meet the needs of someone else.
A group of 35 youth and adults recently had a great trip to the Nashville Zoo. Next on their calendar is an Ice Cream Social, Hot Dog Cookout and Corn Hole Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church, 87 Smith Chapel Drive.
Hot dogs, drinks and chips will each be $1. Ice Cream with “all the fixings” will be $2. There will be a Clown Toss, other children’s games and a Cupcake/Cookie walk.
Entry into the Corn Hole Tournament is $25. The winner receives a night’s stay at the Tims Ford Marina. This is a great opportunity for Little League, softball or work teams or families to get together and have some friendly competition.
In addition to being a fun evening for adults and kids alike, this event is a fundraiser which will pay admission for youth when they attend their next outing to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville on Aug. 29. A young person must work at the fundraiser or have an adult working for them in order to have their admission paid.
Look for the Moore County Youth at the Oct. 24 Jack Daniel’s Barbecue. They will be selling wooden cross necklaces, homemade items and Ouch Owls, which are cloth owl-shaped bags filled with rice. Use them warm or cold on an ache or an injury.
On Nov. 25, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the youth will be having a bake sale at Woodard’s Market.
The money raised at these two sales will be used to buy Christmas gifts for Moore County children through the Stocking Stuffer program. It will also assist families who need food during the Christmas Holidays. In 2014, the youth were able to buy gifts for eight families and to give food to several families. They look forward to doing that and more again this year.
At this time, the Moore County Youth Group consists of young people from Brandon’s Chapel UMC, Smith Chapel UMC, Lynchburg First UMC, their friends and the adults who support and lead them.
“We invite all Moore County churches to join us regardless of their denomination,” said Michelle Hamlin, Smith Chapel’s Youth Leader. “Help us provide fun, safe activities for our young people and at the same time teach them Godly values. We will be getting together with the youth and leaders in January 2016 to discuss fundraising and activities that they want to attend.”
Anyone with questions about the Moore Youth Group or its activities may check out the Smith Chapel Methodist Youth page on Facebook or contact Hamlin at (931) 581-4350.
—By JUNE PUGH, MCN Contributor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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