Wed, Jan. 22

Youth groups plan ‘Disciple Now’ weekend
Will include packaging meals for Kids Against Hunger

Packaging for Kids Against Hunger is part of the weekend events.

Packaging for Kids Against Hunger is part of the weekend events.

COTTONWOOD – A group of seventh through 12th graders from three area churches will spend the weekend of Oct. 8–9 focused on discipleship. Matt Shires, youth pastor for Verde Valley Christian Church, said the students also will be packaging boxed food for Kids Against Hunger.

The churches involved in the weekend are Verde Valley Christian Church, Verde Baptist Church and Cottonwood Christian Assembly.

“There will be some teaching and instruction in their faith,” Shires said. The instruction will include some practical ways for the teens to put their faith into action.

“A lot of the weekend, the students will be in homes in small groups,” Shires said.

Rodney Knous, youth pastor at Verde Baptist Church, said the weekend is a good opportunity for the teens to be around other kids in the community and their schools who share the same beliefs.

“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to come together and realize they are not alone,” Knous said. “It’s one of those events that I’m really glad that we do.”

Knous said the weekend requires a commitment from the teens. “The theme is “totally committed,” he said. “They get an opportunity to give back.”

To that end, the students will be packaging 14,000 individual meals for Kids Against Hunger.

“We will have two complete pallets of boxed food ready to go out,” Shires said. “We also purchase the raw food and bulk material.”

Shires said some of the food will be kept locally for food banks and churches. But some of the packaged food will he headed to Haiti.

Knous explained that part of the students’ fee for the weekend goes to buy the supplies for the food packages.

Another group activity for the weekend, according to Shires, will be a group event at 7 p.m. Saturday. Everyone will meet at one of the churches for a worship leader to speak to the kids about worship, service and growing in their faith.

Jordan Coleman, of Radiant Church in Surprise, will be the guest speaker and lead the worship service.

Shires said the weekend event is very much a team effort.

“We’ve got a church from North Phoenix coming up to join us,” Shires said.

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