Acteens.....share the LOVE!

Last week, I hosted a night of cooking and fellowship for our Acteens group from church.
This group of young ladies is made up of grades 7-12 and are led by our youth pastor's wife, Mrs. Terri Gunningham.

I'm glad to see this mission-minded group start up again after many years.  It seems just like yesterday that I was a GA and then an Acteen.  I have many fond memories from that time.  We learned alot about Jesus and serving others.  But Terri has come up with a unique way for this group of young ladies to meet. 

Each month, a different lady from our church hosts the meeting.  She provides the recipe and ingredients and gives instruction to the girls on how to prepare a meal.  They do all the work! 

After the hard work, they share a meal and enjoy a sweet time of fellowship.  The host also shares a word of testimony or a devotional time with them.

I really enjoyed having these young ladies in my home.  I believe that cooking and home-making, in general, is a lost art.  The word, "hospitality", does not mean much to many people in today's world, but I believe that it's so important for Christian women to know our role in welcoming others into our homes.  I believe our homes should be a "haven" for those who enter it....a safe place from the world that we live.

I gave each girl a pretty notebook and pencil to write favorite scriptures down for memorization or to help prioritize their days.  I also included "Lip Smackers" chap stick in each goody bag (a big thanks to my sister, Suzanne, for helping with this).  Instead of giving my personal testimony this time, I did a lesson on "Having a Mary heart in a Martha World".  This is something that I feel all ladies struggle with in our daily lives.  There's so much to snatch our attention and boggle us down in the busyness of everyday life.

Since the subject was all about having a heart for service and making time for our true love, Jesus Christ, I went with a Valentine's theme.  There were plenty of decorations to choose from this time of year!

This is Terri Gunningham, our Acteen leader.

I totally forgot about taking pictures during the evening, but got a few before the last few girls left.

I think it's so important for older women to invest in the lives of the girls and young ladies we come in contact with.  God's Word tells us in Titus 2:3-5:
"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled".

1 comment:

Small Town Joy: said...

I am so excited about this post! I was a GA and an Acteen myself! My mom was our leader and moved on up with me. I am now the GA leader in my church. I have grades 1-6. This would be such a good idea for us to do with them!