girls-talkingYouth group is not all that you expect it to be.  It is not always the safe environment that you envision. Every kid experiences temptation out in the world, and they bring them, intentionally or unintentionally, into the youth group. Lots of kids only go to youth group because their parents make them, and their feelings about being made to do something they don’t want to do comes out.

I go to a church camp with my youth group every summer, and I expect it to be an environment where we can discuss our faith in God, but it is never everything that I expect. Teens bring their hard lives from school into the camp. The most popular conversation between campers is their sex lives. One of my good friends who goes to this camp told me last summer that she had lost her virginity when she was twelve. I was incredibly surprised, and saddened by this. For as long as I have known her, I’ve known that she had low self esteem. She felt that to be cool she had to have sex.  She didn’t realise that she so precious in her friends, family, and in most importantly, in God’s eyes.

After hearing this, you’re probably thinking that sending your child to youth group is a bad idea, but it really is a good idea. The kids who go to youth group might have to deal with crazy things, but youth group is a great place for teens to talk about these issues with people who are going through the same things. The leader can help them deal with these problems and bring them closer to God. Just being around people who are there to learn more about God is so beneficial for everyone, and teens are no exception.

-Charity