Happy New Year!

This year, I’ll be using WordPress for our newsletters so everyone can easily access them!

As the new youth minister at Clarkson Baptist Church, I want to say thank you to the parents, students, and church members who have made me feel loved, appreciated, and valued at Clarkson Baptist Church.

Since August of last year, I’ve had the opportunity to watch our students steadily grow in their relationships with God. We have focused on prayer, healthy habits to develop for Christians, importance of love, the birth of Jesus Christ, Baptist doctrine, and much more. I hope our students are digesting God’s Word, building strong relationships with others, and desiring to spend time with God.

For the month of January, during Sunday school, we will be reading the first four chapters of Matthew. The students have a reading guide that will help them stay on track. We will be reading through Matthew until we completely read through it. Our goal is to grow a deeper understanding of who Jesus Christ was, and what that means for us to day.

As we enter 2020, my prayer is that our youth group fixes their FOCUS on God and genuinely pursues a relationship with Him. On Wednesdays, during the month of January, we’ll be discussing individual goals, as well as communal goals, for us to successfully obtain throughout the year. For 2020, we will be using a word to help us keep our eyes on God:


If our students desire growth, they must focus on God.

If our students desire to be consistent, they must focus on God.

If our students desire to share the Good News (be disciples), they must focus on God.

If our students desire to learn, they must focus on God.

While there are several other verses to pick to accompany our word, we will be using Colossians 3:1-2:

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”


as we journey throughout this next year, I encourage you to ask the students what they’re learning about, encourage them to spend time with God, and share what God is doing in your life. I desire to get to know each of you and hear your input on how we can effectively minister to CBC’s students! 

Thank you!

CBC’s Youth Minister:

Taylor Harvard


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