Youth day offers help to lighten the load

KERRVILLE — The backpack filled with schoolbooks is often not the only hefty burden that a young person bears. Students in the 6-12th grades and their families are invited to come to the Riverside church of Christ’s first youth day on Saturday, April 28 from 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. to explore resources for adjusting the load to the Lord’s glory.
There is no charge for “The Things We Carry” youth day and lunch will be served. The church meets at 625 Harper Road here.
Said Raoul Ferris, Riverside youth minister, “The theme for this day emerged after my working closely with students and athletes over the years and seeing the burdens they carry behind the game faces they wear. Please join us in the beautiful hill country of Kerrville for a youth day focused on unpacking the burdens of this world and helping the young people work their way toward repacking their bags, carrying a lighter load and being clothed differently.”
Mike Bonner, who preaches for the 9th and Main church of Christ in San Angelo, will keynote. He opens with a lesson on “The Things We Carry: When We Are Not in Christ” and concludes with “The Things We Carry: When We Are In Christ.”
Other activities include prayer, singing, an object lesson, related fun and games and lunch. Separate break-out sessions will each focus on “Unpacking The Junk and Letting Christ In.”
Joseph McWhorther, preaching minister for the church of Christ in Canyon Lake, will lead the class for young men. Emili Bruce, a recent graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, will conduct the young ladies’ session.
Please rsvp with a head count for your group as soon as possible. Call Ferris at 830-257-5445 or send an email to raoul.ferris@rscoc.org. Ask for an event flier, too.
Said Ferris, “Young people today smile and wave, but all the while, they struggle with the fallout from divorce, bullies at school, chaos in the home and other challenges of modern life. Wearing their game faces, they take on the pressure to perform in sports or academics, or to live up to standards that they cannot meet or to give up under the burden of sin. Come help them unpack, repack, hang the burdens on a yoke and learn of Him.”

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