Tygarts Valley Presbyterian Church in Huttonsville sponsored a Youth Day for area middle school and high school youth on Nov. 2.
The Rev. Stephen Baldwin was the keynote speaker and talked to the youth on "A New Way To Do Church" - about how the church is relevant to their lives. Using personal experience, Baldwin was able to help the youth see how church was a vital and important aspect of their lives.
Andrew Tilley, a music graduate of Marshall University and a leader in participant in praise bands in the Huntington area, led the youth in praising God through song during the keynote times.
But it wasn't all learning and discussion. There was also fun as the youth participated in "Energizers" - dance-type routines to contemporary Christian and popular music and games. There was a giant human foosball game on the back parking lot and a mixed up relay race as youth had to carry one another across the parking lot and back. As the relay was over, the youth also participated in a service project by wrapping numerous shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. These shoeboxes were given to area churches to fill to send overseas through the Samaritan's Purse yearly Christmas project.
Crafts were made and the youth spent time in a spirituality center to be able to experience some individual time thinking about their faith. The day included a brunch, lunch and a pizza dinner where the youth were joined by members of the congregation.
Several times during the day the youth were divided up into discussion groups where they talked with local pastors about faith and the church and how important it was to make God a part of their lives. Youth were able to express their thoughts, their questions and to get to know each other better. The day ended with group worship and the sharing of s'mores over a campfire.
"It was a great day and Tygarts Valley Presbyterian thanks the Presbytery of West Virginia, the volunteers who came and helped and the youth who gave up a their day off school to come and share time with God and the church," a spokesperson said.
Tygarts Valley Presbyterian Church is located in Huttonsville and worships each Sunday at 11:15 a.m. The church is served by the Rev. Joanne Glaser.