“For it is in God that we live and move and have our being.” – Acts 17:28

Since I was in the 11th grade this has been my favorite Bible verse. Just before the 11th grade my family move from Knoxville, Tennessee to Detroit, Michigan and I had a very lonely start to my junior year in high school. Gratefully, Amy Grant (go ahead and laugh, but I love her) had a new album out at this time and referenced this verse in the album notes. This verse reminds me that always God is with me. This verse reminds me that as I walk the halls of church, commute to work, or hold my daughter’s hand when she is scared, God is with me.

This is the message I want our youth at River Road to know deep within them. When they are walking the halls at school, when they feel left out, when they feel uncertain, when life feels like it is crumbling all around: God is with us. God lives and moves among us. God’s love is deep and wide for us. God has not promised life would be easy, but God has promised to live and move among us. This is something we can count on. I look forward to the journey of discovering this truth together with the youth of River Road.

Written by Marnie Fisher-Ingram

Fall Retreat

The theme of the youth Fall Retreat was What is Your Passion? We talked about what our passions are: teaching, singing, eating, sports! We thought about the question: What is God passionate about? That everyone has shelter and food, that people treat each other with love and respect, creativity! Then we discussed where our passion and the world’s needs meet. Guided by the quote of Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet,” the youth and I talked about where God might be leading them. We did some fun activities covering some different passions: the ropes course at University of Richmond, and an art project. We attended the Youth Jam concert that two of our youth, Ella Glaze and Eleanor Roberts were singing in. It was a great weekend of bible study, creating, team-building, and fellowship.

Thanks to the chaperones Jack Heisler, Buddy Sumner, Beth Rooney, Sarah Wilkinson, Sandy Rooney, Andrea Glaze, and Mark Cipolletti for making the weekend possible. It was a blessing and joy to lead and walk alongside the youth during the fall.

I am so grateful to them and the youth parents for participating during my brief tenure.

Written by Kim Crowley

Ski Retreat

At the end of January, the youth loaded up into two vans and headed to Massanutten for a weekend of skiing, tubing, and laughter. Samuel Lian, a Passport Staffer, member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and VCU student joined to lead evening devotions. It was a terrific weekend! The only hiccup being rain on Sunday, so we headed to Shenandoah Caverns and were struck by the beauty of the underground. It was a wonderful weekend in which we built relationships and were reminded that God loves us just as we are.

Written by Marnie Fisher-Ingram

Originally published in the 2018 Spring Quarterly Explorer

Join us this Sunday, April 15, 2018 for Youth Sunday. Youth and children are often seen solely as the future of the church, but they are really a part of the present church. This Sunday, may we see our youth not as performers on a stage wanting approval, but as persons who will lead us in worship. May we worship God together, as we do each Sunday.