Canby Alliance Youth Report
Pastor Nick Charbonnier
2021 was a complicated year. Coming off of one of the toughest years of ministry that anyone has known, we sought to make the best of what we were given so that we could continue to change lives within the church and individual ministries. Youth ministry was no exception. The ongoing complexities of COVID and everything that comes with that definitely had an impact on how we did youth ministry and how we could reach students in the most effective and safest way. Having said that, COVID is a part of life now, and it will not be held ultimate as we look back on our year- there is much to be thankful for and many things we are excited for in the near future.
To start of 2021, Canby Young Life and Canby Alliance joined forces and held weekly youth group at the church. We consistently had students coming to play games, win prizes, hear the gospel, and grow in relationship with one another. This went on until June when we broke for summer. Youth ministry in the summertime always looks different since we don’t have regular program, but it’s always a great time for leaders to connect with kids outside of church and school. Young Life took a bus full of students to Washington Family Ranch; Nick Charbonnier and Brenda Kauffman were both trip leads for this camp and saw lives change during that week. After camp, Nick took his first sabbatical and didn’t return until mid-September.
Once the school year began, Canby Alliance youth fired back up. The middle schoolers and the high schoolers met every single Wednesday for 12 straight weeks. The programs consistently grew and relationships were forged within those weeks, and with any successful youth group, we’ve seen tears, laughter, joy, prayer, gospel, conversations, minor damage to the building, hundreds and hundreds of empty cans of soda, and most importantly: teenagers said “yes” to Jesus. After those 12 weeks we partnered with Young Life for our annual Yuletide Spectacular- a giant community Christmas party held at the church. We had 126 students and over 20 volunteer adult leaders come together to throw one wild party to end the year.
Another blessing to our program is how our leadership team has developed. As it currently stands, our leaders are Nicolle Cofflin, Josiah Keen, Tommy Tallan, Jeff and Tonya Vian, and Lindsey Lessley. We also added four high school student leaders who are serving in the middle school ministry.
In 2022 we will continue to establish connections with students, drawing them nearer to Christ and having a lot of fun in the process.
The Canby Alliance Youth Team