Student Care Packages | UMC YoungPeople
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September 2012

Student Care Packages

By Chris Wilterdink
Browsing today, I discovered a 'student care package' that allows a caring person to send a young person a care package filled with foodstuffs, toiletries, and other important goods. The assumption is that college students need all the help with food and cleanliness as possible! Of course, everything one could purchase from unilever as a part of the package is good for the body, but nothing that cares for the mind or the spirit. Now, that should certainly not be the model for any ministry - care for the heart, soul, and mind form cornerstones of many healthy ministries around the world. As a leader of a young adult ministry, could create a spiritual care package for the young adults (YAs) in your ministry? What would you include? Devotions? Prayer request forms? Ways to stay connected to you and for them to stay connected with peers? Bible study materials? Home-baked cookies? As the autumn continues, YAs who find themselves away from communities that raised them long for connection and support. YAs no longer in high school but not in traditional college settings long for the same. Start asking around to find if there are ways that your ministry and community can support connections with young adults. Maybe a care package could be a great place to start!
Chris serves as Director of Young People’s Ministries for Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Chris has a BA in English Education, and an MS in Project Management, and over 15 years of local-church youth ministry experience. He is passionate about leadership and faith development in young people and helping ministry leaders understand their value in the lives of young people. A Stephen Minister, Chris is a native of Colorado living in Franklin, TN with his wife Emily, 2 children, and sausage-shaped beagle.