Save the Date! Nexus 2018 will be November 2-4! The venue has a lot of new offerings including paintball and high ropes course. If at least 10 guys and 10 gals sign up, we can get private rooms (no sharing with other youth groups)!

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Welcome to summer! The weather is heating up, but Burks Youth is staying cool with an amazing local service project at Northside Neighborhood House! Each day, we will have a different project to benefit this great local organization.
Open Youth Lock-in
June 22
Bring your sleeping bag and tent for an overnight camping trip right here at Burks! We will play volleyball, gaga, and more- just like Open Youth, but ALL NIGHT LONG!
Sheds Up Fundraisers
July 1 the youth will be selling takeout BBQ smoked by the infamous Neil Carriker! Both chicken and pork will be available by the pound or as a lunch (sandwich with chips and slaw). Proceeds will benefit our #ShedsUp! Mission Trip.
July 8 Car wash fundraiser for our #ShedsUp! Mission Trip! Meet behind the church at noon to help!
Many of our Programs and Events Require Parents/Guardians to fill out our General Permission Form. Download a printable one HERE
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!

the shape of you: being the person god wants you to be
5-7:30 PM Burks UMC Activity Center

Starting June 3- In our special summer series, we will be looking at the things that shape us, but especially how our faith is shaped by the good and bad things in our lives, and how God continues to reshape us until we reach perfection.

So I went down to the potter’s house and saw him working with clay at the wheel. He was making a pot from clay. But there was something wrong with the pot. So the potter used that clay to make another pot. With his hands he shaped the pot the way he wanted it to be. Then this message from the Lord came to me: “Family of Israel, you know that I can do the same thing with you. You are like the clay in the potter’s hands, and I am the potter.” This message is from the Lord. -Jeremiah 18:3-6 
The Bible Project- Prophets
10-11 aM in classroom j
Prophecy can be confusing, but The Bible Project explains the stories and impact of the Old Testament prophets in a way that is easy to understand. We’ll learn who they were, why they were important, and how they pointed the people of Israel in the right direction!

We’ve got a TON of special ministry opportunities to fill our summer! And a few things just for fun, too!

June 4-8 all youth are invited to participate in a series of service projects at Northside Neighborhood House. We will meet at Burks each day at 9:00 and return by 2:00. Lunch will be provided.*

June 10 Dan Boland will be hosting our annual Youth Pool Party in lieu of our normal Sunday Evening Youth Worship

June 12 the youth will be representing Burks at Riverbend Faith and Family Night- promoting our wonderful kids and youth programs as well as listening to some great music!*

June 13-15 Burks Youth will be partnering with Bethel Bible Village on their first ever Summer Retreat! We will be leading Worship for them each evening, as well as helping to organize crafts and games during the day.*

June 17 While the Pastor’s away, the youth will play (music, that is)! For Father’s Day, the Youth are taking over the 11:00 service! Come join us for a great morning of worship!

June 22 Open Youth Lock-in- We will be camping on the lawn if the weather cooperates, but check social media for updates.

July 1 the youth will be selling takeout BBQ smoked by the infamous Neil Carriker! Both chicken and pork will be available by the pound or as a lunch (sandwich with chips and slaw). Proceeds will benefit our #ShedsUp! Mission Trip.
July 8 Car wash fundraiser for our #ShedsUp! Mission Trip! Meet behind the church at noon to help!
July 22-28 #ShedsUp! Mission leaves Burks after 11am worship to head up to Henderson Settlement! We will return Saturday Evening around 6pm.
August 5 Lake day at the Hubers’! Permission slips must be filled out and handed in before you can participate!
August 19 Family Fun Night at Big Ridge Pool- Welcome the incoming 6th graders and their families!
August 26 Youth Ministry Council Meeting (4pm) and Bring a Friend Night (5-7:30pm)
We are still looking for adult mentors to help with a number events- please contact Casandra if you’re interested in serving alongside the 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.
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.
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. 
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