New ministry makes ‘Leap of Faith’ for youth

Campus Times
September 24, 2004

Michelle Loggia
Staff Writer

Local high school and college students met Tuesday night at Faith Lutheran Church, on Bonita Avenue in San Dimas, to discuss the future of a proposed youth group called Leap of Faith.

Nikki Price, the Leap of Faith coordinator, opened the night with an icebreaker, allowing the dozen students who attended the opportunity to get to know one another.

“I’ve been in leadership since I was 17,” Price said.

“I am excited about this group and where we can take it.”

Faith Lutheran Church has never provided a youth group like the one proposed by Price.

“[Leap of Faith’s mission] is to provide an atmosphere or fellowship where students can commit to growth through worship and training; a place where individuals can develop an understanding of God’s purpose for their lives,” Price said.

Pastor David Berkedal, who has been with Faith Lutheran for 17 years, said that the group is open “to any high school or college aged students who want to come.”

The students who attended consisted mostly of students from Bonita, San Dimas and Charter Oak high schools.

“I came to see who else came, to hang out. I wanted to see what it would be like,” said Tori Leonard, a freshman at Bonita High.

Over the course of the evening, the group discussed what sort of activities they would conduct.

After joking about Rock’em Sock’em Robot marathons, the students began offering constructive input.

“We could have a lock-in where everybody sleeps in the parish hall and [Christian] bands perform,” Leonard said.

Other ideas were proposed, such as outreach and volunteer activities with the group, which would consist of aiding local families, convalescents and charities.

“I would like half of the activities of the group oriented toward people outside the church,” Price said.

The other half of the activities would center on the people in the group.

Some of the group-oriented activities would include coffee nights, bowling nights, retreats and ministry training classes.

“I want to establish a core group and a core leadership group,” Price said.

A core leadership group would help promote and organize activities hosted by Leap of Faith.

The group is still in its primary stages and a set meeting time has not been arranged.

However, the tentative meeting time for the group is currently 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sundays, and the group’s first activity has already been organized.

Leap of Faith will host a free Coffee Night at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at Faith Lutheran Church in the circle room. High school and college-aged students are welcome to attend.

For more information you can contact Nikki Price or Pastor David Berkedal at (909) 599-3978.

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