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     Youth events | Christian education

     Christian education activities
    for youth and children

     By BRETT CARDWELL | Christian education elder/children 
         And TARA MORROW | Christian education elder/youth   

    Presbyterian youth fish fry fundraiser a success
    Four area Presbyterian churches joined together to hold a fish fry on April 13 to benefit the youth of all four churches. Swift Church initiated the idea, and First Foley, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores Presbyterian churches all joined in, selling tickets, baking cookies, frying fish, and attending to every little detail needed to make the event a success. The profit totaled $1,332.84. Thank you, everyone.

    Funds raised by the fish fry are in a separate fund, “Youth Camp,” at Swift Church, to be used for members of any of the four churches to attend the Montreat Youth Conference, to assist chaperones with their expenses, and, if there are funds remaining, to assist with sending youth and children to other approved summer camps and conferences.

    ■ SWAG (formerly Kids’ Club) is for children in grades K–4. In May, on a date to be determined, there will be an end-of-year celebration.

    ■ GΦG is our youth group for ages fifth grade through high school.

    Both groups meet at the church and have a lesson, games and a small meal.

    ■ Refuel, our periodic Wednesday night youth group meeting, is from 6 to 8 p.m. You are encouraged to invite your school friends, neighbors, etc. If anyone would like to prepare a meal for children or youth, please let Teresa Thomas or Tara Morrow know.

    Swift youth go shopping for food pantry

    We had eight Swift youth go shopping on the morning of Sept. 22 for the Swift Church food pantry. They went to Walmart and played a fun shopping game, which included not only finding the items we needed to complete the shopping list, but also some tasks to complete — like taking a selfie with a Walmart employee (with their permission, of course). I think everyone had fun — they were all smiling in the pictures.

    Thank you to Tara Morrow and Lynn Barnwell for helping out with the transportation. And thank you to Tara for keeping us organized, sending texts, putting the food away in the pantry, and so much more.

    — Kim Vanbrimmer


    You can hover over an image to pause, or you can click on a photo to enlarge it and move through larger images.

    The October Refuel gathering took place at the home of Phil and Jody Beth Melton.

    Are you willing to provide a meal for a youth event?

    Please consider providing a meal for a youth event (grades 5–12). To find out more, contact Tara Morrow or Teresa Thomas.

    Swift youth T-shirts available for purchase

    The youth of the church have Swift youth T-shirts available for sale. They are $10, and you can choose between blue and gray and sizes small, medium and large. Contact Ginny Kleinschmidt or a member of the youth group for more information.



    There was swimming, food and fun on the afternoon of Aug. 21 at Pastor Keith and Lisa Cardwell’s home. The event was for sixth-through-12th-graders and their parents.

    Photos from the youth ministry kickoff pool party for youth and parents are the latest addition to the gallery. You can hover over an image to pause, or you can click on a photo to enlarge it and move through larger images.

    Take God on your journey 

    ►Here’s a report on the Presbyterian Youth Triennium.

    Christian education 

    Sunday school classes

    Sunday school for children and youth is in the annex. Classes start at 9 a.m.
    The youth meet (grades 6–12) in the youth room, and those in grades K-5 meet in the children’s ministry room.


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    23208 Swift Church Road
    Foley, AL 36535
    Phone: (251) 943-8367