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“See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”

-Song of Solomon 2:11-12

Spring has sprung, and Burks Youth is looking forward to new and exciting things!

The biggest news this month is our two fundraising projects for our #ShedsUp! Mission Trip.

On April 22 from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., the Alpha and Omega class will host a spaghetti luncheon and dessert contest to sponsor materials for our construction projects. No reservations are necessary, and cost is by donation.
Burks Youth is also selling Mission Trip T-shirts to help fund scholarships for youth to attend the trip. These are super soft, good quality shirts, so show your support for #ShedsUp! by wearing one! You can see the shirt and print an order form HERE.
Also coming up in April:

Confirmation leaders Mike and Susan Acuff will be holding a retreat for our Confirmands on April 28 at Camp Dixie. This will be a time of fellowship and reflection to spiritually prepare for confirmation.

The Youth Ministry Council will have a brief meeting at 4 p.m. on April 29 in the Fishbowl to discuss plans for the summer and fall. Please contact Casandra if you would like to join the council or volunteer in other ways with youth.

Who are we?
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.”  –John 3:2a

 In Luke 10:29 a Jewish scholar asks Jesus “Who is my neighbor?” This seems like a simple question, but it sparks Jesus to tell one of the most well-known parables in the Bible- that of the Good Samaritan. We call our weekly youth worship “Neighbors of Christ” (NoC for short) because we believe that welcoming the stranger and caring for each other are the most important ways we show our faith.

With help from our adult mentors, Burks Youth explores ideas, values, and scripture in order to grow into the people God wants us to be. We know that questions and doubts are part of a maturing faith, and we welcome respectful discussion about any topic. Burks Youth Ministry offers something for every teen- from Bible study to debates on current events. No matter whee you are in your faith journey, YOU are welcome in Burks Youth!

“Sheds Up” Mission Project
July 22-28, 2018
Frakes, KY

This summer, Burks Youth is heading to Frakes, KY to serve as part of Henderson Settlement Mission. We are blessed to work with the crew at Henderson and are excited to volunteer in one of their week-long ‘Work Camps’.

Our specific project is to build storage sheds for three families in the Frakes area. These sheds are necessary as additional storage for families who have homes too  small to hold their belongings, but also as a secure place to keep tools and equipment that are necessary for their livelihood. By building these three sheds, we are giving these families a lasting gift that will assist them in becoming more self-sufficient.

As part of the Henderson Settlement Team, Burks Youth also have an opportunity to experience a culture different from the one they are accustomed to. We pray this cultural experience will not only be fun, but also help them draw closer to their brothers and sisters who experience extreme poverty.

Mission trips are a great personal journey as well as an important necessity to communities where people are in great need. I look forward to our youth growing together as we love and serve the people of Appalachia.

Click HERE for more Information and forms.
Now… back to our regularly scheduled programming…
Every Sunday:
Unbelieveable- a series on faith and doubt
5-7:30 PM Burks UMC Activity Center

We may not like to admit it, but we all have questions and doubts about our faith. In this series, we’ll help teenagers see that our doubts and questions don’t have to destroy our faith, but refusing to talk about them might. For the next four weeks, we’ll encourage students to wrestle with their doubts by voicing their questions, understanding their perspective is limited, remembering how Jesus has transformed their lives, and considering why they followed Jesus in the first place.

Scary, Gross, and Weird Stories from the bible
10-11 aM in classroom h
Have you ever noticed that the Bible doesn’t always, well… make sense? The youth have noticed, too. They’re curious about: talking donkeys, suicidal pigs, severed ears, and famous shipbuilders caught with their pants down. That’s why our Sunday school class will be exploring some of the oddest and most confusing stores from Scripture, and trying to figure out what God wants us to learn from them.
sunday Specials
Every Sunday Afternoon (times vary)
Burks Youth offers many special activities for youth including service projects, art, drama, cooking, woodworking, music, paintball, and group games. Follow us on Social Media (@burksyouth) to see what we’re up to this Sunday!
Every Wednesday:
Fellowship meal at 5:30 in the activity center! Cost is $7/ person or $20/family
Let’s Talk!
6:30-7:30 classroom L
“Let’s Talk”. The class will meet in room F to discuss a new issue of faith or morality each week in a non-cumulative format. This class is perfect for visitors or youth who attend sporadically.
6:30-7:30 classroom h
In the new “Colaborate” study from Sparkhouse, students will engage in compelling conversation about God and what it means to follow Jesus as they dig into the Bible. 
6:30-7:30 classroom J
The main purpose of Confirmation is to provide a solid, Biblical platform of understanding to teens so that they can make a decision of their own to decide to publicly confirm their faith in Jesus Christ. Students do not have to attend Burks UMC to participate in confirmation, but they are strongly encouraged to join Burks Youth. A natural part of the faith journey is becoming an active participant in a faith community. 
Other Programs:
Bible Besties Daily Bible Study!


The Bible can be a bit dry (truthfully, parts of it are just plain boring). However, the Bible is filled with amazing stories! Join us in reclaiming this oral tradition as Rev. Alex Hoops and Rev. Lorne Hlad attempt to retell the Bible from memory…with hilarious results! Find general info about the study HERE or listen to this week’s story HERE!


Get help with school work under the supervision of real (but cooler, because they don’t give grades) teachers! Every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30. (This program follows the HCDE school schedule)


Join us every Friday from 7-10 pm for basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, board games, card games, pool, ping pong, darts, and more! Snacks and drinks are provided, please bring a water bottle if you have one.
Meet Casandra Karl- Burks’ Director of Youth Ministry
Casandra is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a degree in Classics and Archaeology (focus on the Early Christian Period in the Middle East). 
Casandra enjoys curling up with a good book (sometimes THE Good Book, but other good books, too), playing board games with her three children, and beating her husband at Jeopardy.
She also loves exploring God’s creation through travel, camping, & hiking, and can often be found in the Smokies or at the beach on her days off.  
Contact Casandra by:
phone 423-842-4219
text 956-358-0369
Burks Youth is the official youth organization  of Burks United Methodist Church. 
All Burks programs follow Safe Sanctuary Policies and Guidelines. The staff and volunteers working with our program have been trained to care for your family. Please contact the church office for a copy of these policies.
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