Augusta church reaches out to youth, young adults

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 8:20 PM
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Hudson Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church is facing an issue that worries the Rev. Larry Fryer.

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Darnell Granger, with her husband, John Granger, speaks during young adult week at Hudson Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Augusta. Wednesday's topic was dating and relationships.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Darnell Granger, with her husband, John Granger, speaks during young adult week at Hudson Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Augusta. Wednesday's topic was dating and relationships.

His church is missing a core group of people: young adults.

In response to it, his church held a youth and young adult week at the church at 2 Taylor St., off East Boundary, Monday through Wednesday evening.

He hoped to address issues facing young adults in Augusta and encourage them to get back to the church.

“We do not have the participation of young adults we would like to have,” he said. “They are more focused on work, or raising kids.”

The first night was concentrated on homework, test-taking and planning for the future. The second night was on mentoring and health education, and the last night was about dating and relationships.

“It is strictly Bible-based education,” said the young adult president, Kelli Walker. “We focus on values and topics for people that may have gone astray.”

The room was full of mostly adults, and Walker hoped they would bring what they learned to the youth with whom they interact.

During the relationship seminar, Darnell Grainger spoke about what makes healthy relationships.

“Love is patient and love is kind,” she said. “They are not going to say bad things about you or hurt you if it is really love.”

She talked about young relationships and that dating is meant to be light – going out with different people and not getting so serious.

“You are not the same person at 15 and 21,” she said. “You change. You are not ready to be married at that age.”

A major point she wanted to get across was the importance of being a mentor to a young person who needs guidance.

“You have a lot of adults (in the church),” she said. “Find one and talk to them.”

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mikeelliott 02/02/12 - 06:51 pm
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With the current trend in

With the current trend in young folk's lack of guidance it surely feels like we're swimming upstream sometimes. While this is a problem for all races, it appears to be more prevelent with the black community. While difficult for whites to address this problem head-on, I'm thankful for those who dare to stand firm in their convictions and actually try to make a difference. I am praying for strength and stamina to continue as you face difficult challenges, but very rewarding ones, as well. I know that Bro. Larry is very concerned and eager to help any way he can. THANK YOU!

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