Released 22 April 2013
Easton Youth Programs
Each week The Salvation Army Easton Corps Community Center is bustling with youth activities.
The week begins with Sunday worship. Children and youth are involved in the worship service and also attend Sunday school, which provides age appropriate Bible messages.
On Monday nights, youth ages 13 and up gather at the center for Youth Group. The evening includes a meal, devotions and games. The young people also participate in special outings to Dorney Park, as well as work on community service projects.
"It is a safe place for the youth to come and bond with one another. They feel comfortable enough to share their problems and talk about how to live as Christians in the world today," said Betty Ellen Barrett, a youth leader at the Easton Corps Community Center.
Recently the Youth Group attended The Salvation Army Youth Councils, a weekend retreat for teens throughout The Salvation Army Eastern Pennsylvania Division at The Salvation Army Camp Ladore in the Poconos. Eleven youth from Easton attended and worked together before hand to produce a visual representation of the retreat's theme, Awake. They created stairs leading to a platform with a cross and photos along the way illustrating their lives before and after becoming a Christian.
Children age six to 12 are not left out, and have a weekly program designed with them in mind. On Thursday evenings, about 17 children attend Youth Night. Dinner is provided followed by devotions and games. The children also have special activities throughout the year, such as visiting nursing homes at Christmas and The Salvation Army camp.
"Even at such an early age we teach them that they are leaders; that they have something to offer," Barrett said.
Children can often be intimidated, but Barrett has seen children's hands shoot into the air to volunteer to pray out loud and hears them telling their families about Jesus.
"Current times are filled with profound challenges and opportunities for The Salvation Army, the people we serve, and those who support us, " says Lieutenant Jose A. Santiago, commanding officer of The Salvation Army Easton Corps Community Center. "Our mission is one to provide the unique position God has given us as a springboard for proclaiming the gospel, a hub for building a vibrant and welcoming Christian community, and a frontline for serving people in need. We are working diligently to demonstrate an engaging presentation of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ for healthy souls and we know that in Easton God is doing a mighty work!"
To learn more about The Salvation Army youth programs in your community, contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center.