The MBA is sponsoring their annual High School Summer Law Intern Program. Interns must be minority high school students in good standing who will begin their junior or senior year of high school in August, 2016, and must be a resident of, and attend school in Shelby County. If interested, please complete an application by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 25, 2016. More information and applications are available at MBC on the desk outside the office.
March 26th – Easter Gala
March 27th – Easter Sunday Children’s Easter program during SS hour
Posted in Children and Youth Ministry
It’s been a total of 4 months since the Youth Choir last led the congregation in a full Sunday morning worship service. Since that time they have managed to sing on third Sundays, but no more than two selections. On the other hand we have managed to build up a strong group of children for the children’s choir. This past third Sunday consisted of both pros and cons.
1.) Children’s Choir looks strong with potential for growth.
2.) The new songs were received well with the congregation.
1.) The Children’s and Youth Choirs are without a director (with the exception of Brother Hill who also plays the piano simultaneously, he can only do so much).
2.) The youth were honestly singing background to the children’s choir.
3) The lack of enthusiasm was evident in the tone and volume.
Some of you may be wondering: “why I’m addressing this issue in my article this week?” Well to answer your inquiring minds:
1.) I’m proud of the progress that’s taking place with our children’s choir.
2.) I’m at the same time displeased with the state of the Youth Choir.
3.) We’ve previously held a parent and youth meeting regarding youth participation in rehearsals.
4.) The Youth being limited to two songs on a third Sunday is a step back. It may seem cute and reminiscent of the good ole’ Metropolitan days but it is a backwards step in terms of youth involvement in the worship experience.
The core problem we are currently experiencing with the Youth choir is a lack of participation in regularly scheduled choir rehearsals. The youth choir members have complained about not being able to sing songs from their familiar repertoire and that the new songs are too child-like. This problem could be easily solved if Youth Choir Members show up for set rehearsals. Regular rehearsal attendance will permit adequate preparation in which the youth can revisit their familiar repertoire and learn new songs that are more suitable to their capabilities. I know our youth are heavily involved in both academic and extracurricular activities including high school organizations (HSO), etc., however, we cannot permit them to neglect their commitment to the choir and the Church. Mr. Hill has demonstrated a willingness to accommodate their busy schedules, yet the youth participation in choir rehearsal has not significantly improved. If there is a time that works better for your child, please communicate that to me or Mr. Hill.
The current youth choir rehearsal schedule is as follows:
1.) Every Sunday following morning worship (with the exception of 3rd Sundays).
2). Every Saturday before the third Sunday @ 11a.m.
3.) And, 9:35 am on third Sunday’s right before morning worship.
We have a special group of youth who are gifted with voices to be heard in Sunday morning worship. We need parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc. to make sure that our Youth stay involved and exercise those gifts, especially on third Sundays while continuing to support our budding children’s choir. I’m a firm believer that both can be done at The MET. If you have questions, concerns or suggestions please do not hesitate to give me a call. Thanks for your time and continued support.
Lincoln E. Barnett, Youth Minister
Posted in Children and Youth Ministry
Mandela’s Life as a Role Model for
“Extra Effort Wins”
By Glenn Vaulx, III
February 11, 1990, is the day Nelson Mandela was released from prison. I was born February 9, 1997, seven years after he left prison. In seven years, Mandela had ended apartheid and healed the racial wounds in South Africa and become the first Black president in their nation’s history. Needless to say, I was not alive when any of this happened; yet his legacy has left an impact on the world to where we still speak of it in the year 2013. It is amazing to think that one man has had such an impression on not just South Africa, but the world and millions of people. This proves that a little extra effort can go a long way. Mandela is the true example of optimism and perseverance. His cause came with many struggles and consequences, but through dedication and commitment he succeeded. It is traits such as these that I ask God to bless me with so that maybe one day God can use me to be an innovator like Mandela.