Laurel Youth Fellowship (LYF) exists to help students build relationships with God, one another, and mature Christians as we help each other establish our place in God's kingdom.
Our logo was developed with much thought and purpose. Read below to find out more about the meaning behind the design.
The main meeting space for the youth group is our LYF Room, located at the end of our youth wing. There are five meeting spaces we use for small groups in the youth wing, including two classrooms that seat 20-25 people.
Sunday Mornings (10:00-10:50 AM)
Each Sunday morning our students are split by middle school (6th-8th grades) and high school (9th-12th grades). Our classroom setting encourages student participation and relationship building. We generally study a book of the Bible on Sunday mornings. Classes begin at 10:00 AM, and donuts or muffins are provided.
Wednesday Nights (6:45-7:45 PM)
Our Wednesday night program combines the entire group (6th-12th grades). We start with a time of worship, move into a lesson built on a 4-6 week series idea, and move into small groups, called CQ Groups. At times we have an activity that ties into the lesson or builds relationships and team concepts. We also try to close each series out with an experiential night that allows students to connect with the lesson through art, prayer, meditation, music, writing, group activities, sensory stations and/or other creative processes.
One Sunday per month, we gather to work in service areas, which allow our students to use their talents together through teams: Service/Planning, Art & Design, Worship, and Technology. Ministry Teams are best described through an excerpt from a recently-published book:
"What is it that when you do it you lose track of time because you get lost in it? What do you do that makes you think, 'I could do this forever?' What is it that makes you think, 'I was made for this?' If you ask these kinds of questions long enough you will find some impulse related to creation. Someway to be, something to do. Heaven is both the peace, stillness, serenity, and calm that come from having everything in its right place - that state in which nothing is required, needed, or missing - and the endless joy that comes from participating in the ongoing creation of the world."
Our Purpose in Action
A Look Inside the LYF Room
Our Logo Explained
Our logo was created by a team of brilliant graphic designers and scholars (or actually one brilliant designer, an awesome former intern - Kaitlyn Cline, and JT). The cool text was inspired by one of the great theological films of our time, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The rest of the graphic came about as former intern Kaitlyn Cline was planning how to incorporate the prayer known as the Breastplate of St. Patrick into the artwork. That prayer has become a favorite of our youth group, especially as we find our group serving in foreign countries and far-off places. We wanted our students to remember that God is calling us to serve right here at home just as He is calling us to minister in exotic locations.The arrows represent the concepts presented in the prayer. Greg Bell, a parent and expert graphic designer, made it all come together, as he always does with our design projects.
An exerpt of St. Patrick's Breastplate
"...Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me..."