Young Life Springfield

 Submitted by Amanda Hill

Young Life Springfield is now in its 13th year of introducing high school students to Jesus. The Central ministry was previously led by Glenna Ryan who has now retired from teaching and Young Life. Mabel Santiago is now leading the Central team and Gary Bernice leads the Sci-Tech team. Between the two high schools there are over 200 kids who participate in Young Life.

The focus of Young Life Springfield is clubs and campaigners. Clubs are after school at each school, and once a month at Evangelical Covenant Church. Clubs are filled with skits, games, dinner and a club talk that introduces kids to Jesus. Students who want to grow in their faith attend campaigners, a bible study led by leaders from each team.

One of the highlights of the year is summer camp, “The best week of their lives”. At camp kids are treated to a resort like facility, where they let go of any pressures they may face back home and get to be kids. The week is packed with games, events, skits, and great food all while the gospel of Jesus is unpacked by an excellent speaker.

Donations, including pledges from the Ironman 100 Golf Marathon and the June Golf Classic at Cold Spring Country Club. Each fundraiser provides camp scholarships for kids from both teams to attend camp at Young Life’s Saranac Village. Donations also provide a means for students and leaders to attend the “best weekend of their lives at Young Life’s Lake Champion.  This year: 60 kids and leaders attended camp. Ten kids and leaders attended Fall Weekend.

Thank you to the session and the entire congregation for your financial support. Funding from CPC is a tremendous help towards covering the program cost and administrative support. This year we hired Amanda Hill as a part-time administrator for Young Life Springfield, who provides support to each team. In addition to the financial support CPC has opened up their facility for storage of Young Life supplies and access to office equipment.  Brandon Moore and Isaiah Gregory serve as volunteer leaders, establishing caring mentoring relationships with kids. Maryann Gubala coordinates social media, Patrice Harrell drives and provides other support and Martha Ortiz cooks for the Central team. Pastor Tracy serves on the committee. Don Ryan has stepped down from his 12 years of heading and organizing the committee.