One week ago I started my new call as youth director. I moved my books into my office. I unpacked. I rearranged the furnisher. I met a ton of people. I also participated in 3 youth events; Tuesday night Sr. High, Wednesday night Jr. High, and a Friday night 5th Quarter for both Jr. and Sr. High following Friday's first home football game.
But I loved every minute of it!
It was a totally crazy week of new faces, new procedures, new leadership, and new experiences. We went from 0 to 160 in the matter of a couple of hours. And while I might have been given some grace had I opt'd out of one or two of the activities, I don't think I would have wanted it any other way. It really was an amazing week.
Let me take a minute to bring you up to speed.
If you haven't been following the blog or my social media; on Saturday, August 29th, I accepted the position of youth director at a church located here in Western PA. The church is a Presbyterian Church (EPC) that sits about 30 to 40 minutes southwest of Pittsburgh, way out on what many would call the 'country'.
It's not a super mega church, and yet, it is doing great things in it's community and in serving others. There's a familiarity with this church. It's welcoming, loving, and ready to change the world. The congregation has been so kind and gracious, offering all sorts of help as we prepare to move into the community.
It wasn't an easy decision. It came with much prayer and conversation, but we believe it was the right decision for us and our family. And while it's always hard to leave one ministry for another, we truly believe this is where God is calling us.
It has been a whirlwind of a week, but God has been so faithful. We continue to see His hand in our decision to move back into student ministry. We have prayed that God would show Himself to our family, and He hasn't let us down.
This morning as I type this up, there is so much to do, both here at the office and at home. But as I look back to last week, I know God will pour out His blessings again this week.
There's so much more I want to write about and share. From why we are back in youth ministry to why we are here in this church, and what God has done specifically in the lives of our kids. But these topics we will share in the days to come.
Jay Higham is a veteran youth worker of over 28 years; having worked with students in the local church and Christian camping settings. Jay is currently serving as the director of family ministry at a church, located in West Virginia. Jay has been married to Amy for over 23 years. Together, they are raising 5 kids, (4 boys and 1 girl). Jay is an aspiring author, blogger, speaker, vlogger, and social media junkie. He is passionate about student ministry, family ministry, and training youth workers to love and serve their students with passion and excellence.