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52 is more than doing community service projects. "It provides a home away from home," Miss Grant said. "It's being able to go in and being able to have someone to con- nect with. They'll help you cope with it." There is also the worship that takes place during each week's meeting. Miss Grant said the youth ministry helps bring the church's young people closer together, too. "I met a girl in my 7th-grade year, Nadia, and still today, we're still amaz- ing friends. We've seen each other at our worst and our best. These kinds of activities that we can do together, get- ting together and having fun and serv- ing our community, seeing how we are outside of the church, it really brings us a lot closer together." Martin said he believes it's especially important for the youths to get involved in serving in one capacity or another. "It brings to mind something we talked about early in Jan- uary," he said. "One Sunday we talked about a baseball field where home base is our connection with Jesus. You've got to run the bases in order. First base is character, second is com- munity, and third is competence. "A lot of society runs the bases backwards. We see a lot of people later in life talking about how character is important, But we don't see a lot of young people talking about how character is important. We encourage all of our students to think these are pivotal years where you work on first base, you develop character. So when you see yourself in the mir- ror, you're proud of who you are." Good relationships are also important for young people. That's what the church offers members of the Riot. "Relationships are key, especially in a tech driven society," Martin said. "Students shy away from having serious talks now more than ever because they don't know how to dive right into that awkwardness, so we want to be able to really connect with them and have intergenerational relationships. "Statistics say that around 80 percent of high schoolers, when they graduate from high school, many of them will not return to church until maybe their late 20s when they're hav- ing a crisis in their live. I think that's because many churches don't take them, as high school students, very seriously. We do take them serious and we encourage them to serve others, be a part of a group and have those intergenerational relationships." Miss Grant gets that and a lot more from the youth ministry group. "Whenever we go and help people, we can sit back and evaluate ourselves, where we stand," she said. "I get so many great new connections. I love being able to see the people of the community. I am a busy teenager, but I appreciate being able to touch other people's lives. It makes me feel so great. I love giving to people and putting myself out there for people so they know I have an open ear. It makes me so happy." Goldsboro Afghans & Wall Hangings Unique one of a kind pieces showcase places and events unique to Goldsboro and Wayne County. Woven in North Carolina. Mon-Fri 10-5:30 Saturday 10-3 307 N. Spence Ave., Cobblestone Place 919-778-3668 Mementos of Goldsboro: 36DSP0216L© Also available: pottery, ornaments, key rings, postcards, spoons, thimbles and stone coasters depicting North Carolina, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. A small group of students with Riot meets to go further in discussion on various topics. Continued from 51 YOUTHS Student leaders Robin Casey and Nicole Wiler with Riot volunteered at United Way of Wayne County's Day of Action, picking up litter at Greenway Park.

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