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Who are we?

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.” 1 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!

 

Coming Soon: Bible Besties Daily Devo!

The Bible can be a bit dry (truthfully, parts of it are just plain boring). However, the Bible is filled with amazing stories! These stories used to be told over campfires and around dinner tables, much as we tell family stories today (like that time Uncle Hammy went out to get donuts in a blizzard.) Join us in reclaiming this oral tradition as Alex attempts to retell the Bible from memory…with hilarious results! Don’t worry- Lorne is here to keep him on track and insert the facts when needed. Get Started HERE!

 

Winter jam (Christian Music’s largest annual tour) is coming to chattanooga! 

 

Join us Feb. 25 to see Skillet, Kari Jobe, Building 429, kb, and more!

meet at burks at 3pm and will return at approximately 10 pm.

Cost of admission is $15 Cash!
 
Find more information Here
Every Sunday:
 
Spiritual habits
5-7:30 PM Burks UMC Activity Center

Big events like Resurrection cause a spike in adrenaline…then they end and we’re left to come down off the spiritual high caused by energetic worship, junk food, and time with friends. It seems like a crash might be inevitable, but… never fear! The cure for the post-resurrection blues is maintaining our Spiritual Habits! This month in NoC, we will be talking about how to carry that “high” through to the next event, then the next, then the next through forming good habits that keep youth connected to God, each other, and themselves.

 
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.

 
Every Wednesday:
 
Fellowship meal at 5:30 in the activity center! Cost is $7/ person or $20/family
 
Colaborate
6:30-7:30 PM 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. Each lesson we’ll start by unpacking students’ previous knowledge of the topic. Then we will take a serious look at that topic- incorporating Bible passages, Biblical exegesis, and historical context to help give students a stronger sense of the theology and doctrine behind each lesson. The content in this unit is fun and relevant to the daily life of teens today.
 
 
The Case For…
6:30-7:30 PM classroom J
It’s totally normal for youth to have questions about God. That’s why our Confirmation Leaders, Mike and Susan Acuff, are taking a break from the Credo curriculum to help the students discover their own individual faith. This study will be based on “The Case For…” series by Lee Strobel. Figuring out what you believe about Jesus is a life-changing decision- no one should enter into it lightly or alone.
 

Community Programs:

WEDNESDAY HOMEWORK HELP

GET HELP WITH YOUR SCHOOL-WORK UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF REAL (BUT COOLER, BECAUSE THEY DON’T GIVE GRADES) TEACHERS! EVERY WEDNESDAY FROM 3:30-5:30.

OPEN YOUTH EVERY FRIDAY

JOIN US FOR SNACKS, MUSIC, POOL, DARTS, BASKETBALL, AND GENERAL FUN EVERY FRIDAY FROM 7-10 P.M. IT’S COOL, AND IT’S AT A CHURCH!

BOTH OF THESE PROGRAMS ARE FREE AND EVERYONE* IS WELCOME REGARDLESS OF FAITH BACKGROUND.  COME SEE WHAT’S UP!

*THIS MEANS YOU, TOO  🙂 
 
You can check out our flyer
 
 
and print a WAIVER form 
 
 
Confirmation at Burks
Wednesday nights
 
 
September 6- May 16
Meal 5:30-6:15
small group confirmation class 6:30 
 
Leaders: Mike and Susan Acuff
 
 
About the Leaders:
Susan is a school psychologist who loves spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach, and laughing! Mike is an attorney who loves Big Orange, spending time with his granddaughter, and listening to books. Both Mike and Susan  are active members of Burks UMC.
 
CONFIRMATION FAQS:
  • Burks Youth uses CREDO confirmation resources, and it references the United Methodist Church history and polity. 
  • http://www.youthministrypartners.com/credo
  • 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. 
  • If a student has not been baptized, they will have the opportunity to be baptized either at the Confirmation service, or in an arranged service at Chickamauga Lake. The UMC does not rebaptize. 
  • Students do not have to attend Burks UMC to participate in confirmation, but they are strongly encouraged to join BurksYouth. A natural part of the faith journey is becoming an active participant in a faith community. Students will have the opportunity to unite with Burks UMC at the time of confirmation, in consultation with their family.
  • Ms. Casandra Karl, Youth Ministry Director, and The Rev. Dr. Tony Collins, Senior Pastor, approve all curriculum and participate in the Confirmation process and sacrament
  • Regular attendance is important to the success of this process. 
Students will meet on Wednesday Night
Connection schedule for this class. Check Burks.org home page for closure dates due to weather, etc. for WNC news and updates
 
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:
email casandra@burks.org
phone 423-842-4219
text 956-358-0369
 
Burks Youth is the official youth organization  of Burks United Methodist Church. 
 
 
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