Since becoming an American citizen I have dedicated myself to the pursuit of happiness. Joking. But it is hard to believe that pursuing happiness should NOT be our main focus when living in the West. And social media inflames this desire further when we compete to exaggerate how happy and well-connected we are.
In his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew’s Gospel, chapters 5-7), Jesus offers us an alternative pursuit: Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness instead. But what does this mean? What is this sermon really about? Can listening to him, and putting his wisdom into practice, actually lead to the full and resilient lives we crave?
I am excited to be spending the next ten Sundays at CAYG exploring this with you. We start Sunday January 23rd, and we look forward to welcoming you into Ascension’s Parish Hall between 6-6.15pm for pizza. We will be wearing masks throughout the evening, but can take them off briefly for eating.
After I introduce and explain the new youth group format, we split up into three pre-designed Houses (I am ‘the Sorting Hat’ for this), which are roughly age- and friendship-based. To be included in a House, please register first in the usual way here. I am happy that 70+ have already done so! All Houses are on separate tracks from 6.30-8pm, but we gather all together at the end in the Nave at 8pm.
CAYG ends at the usual time of 8.30pm each Sunday.
Note: No CAYG on Sunday Feb 20th, and the last Sunday in the series is April 3.