Youth Service Senior Reflection: Rebecca
April 10, 2011
I played Baby Jesus in the Christmas Eve service in 1993. For the next 12 years I went to Sunday school each week. Next came OWL, then COA, and now youth group. I’ve recently realized that I’ve gone to church nearly every Sunday since I was born. But more significantly, I’ve realized that the church has been more than a weekly activity—it has become a huge part of my life.
To be honest I’ve sort of taken for granted all of the things I have experienced here at the church. I don’t always think about the fact that my friends don’t have this in their lives. But being a part of the church is a privilege. It is such a warm, welcoming environment, and I’m grateful to be a part of a community bigger than just Belmont. And I’ve learned so much through being a part of it. I’ve explored my beliefs. I’ve learned about our own community as well as the communities we’ve visited on service trips. Most of all, I’ve learned that there’s more to life than our daily routines; the church fosters spiritual growth that I probably wouldn’t have found in my regular living. Growing up in the church has really made me a fuller person.
But right now what seems more important than what I have done at the church is what I will take into the next phases of my life. The ideas and values I’ve learned about myself and others here will follow me down the road. This sense of a loving community will surely be missed, and I hope to find one like it wherever I end up. Unfortunately I don’t think it will be easy to find, so I’ll just have to come back here to visit. We’re all leaving soon, but I know that this isn’t the end of our lives at this church.