Glen Ellyn's Faith Lutheran Church welcomes Kayla Feil as new director of children, youth and family ministry
Excitement was in the air and so was the smell of barbecue!
On Aug. 25, Faith Lutheran Church of Glen Ellyn had much to celebrate. Not only was it a back-to-school backpack blessing and barbecue bash, it was also the congregation's first chance to meet their new director of Children, Youth and Family Ministry, Kayla Feil.
After working several summers at Portage Lake Bible Camp, Feil felt a calling toward youth ministry. She went on to attend Chicago's North Park University and earned a BA in Nonprofit Management and a BA in Biblical and Theological Studies. In her new position at Faith, she is responsible for overseeing the faith formation of the church's youth from preschool through high school.
"My goal for Faith's Sunday school is that all students, no matter what age, feel like they have a place within the church," Feil said. "I want them to feel seen and loved by the community that is around them, have time to be curious about Jesus, and to have fun! Not only do I want to help teach them, but I want to allow them to continue to teach the church, for childlike faith is something that we all need."
When it comes to the high school youth group or FLY (Faith Lutheran Youth), Feil is looking forward to "building relationships with our students and challenging them in their faith! I want FLY to be a space where students can rest in new ways and be able to think deeply about their own faith. It is also important to create space for students to be students, allowing for goofy games and meaningful moments together."
The barbecue was a great way to meet congregation members of all ages. "After the back to school barbecue I could feel the energy and life that is in Faith Lutheran Church!" Feil said. "From people who have gone to the church for a while still being so invested, to the energy of all the young families running around and playing games, I couldn't help but see God in this community. I just felt so excited and grateful to be welcomed in with open arms!" Feil says she escaped being in the dunk tank this year but isn't afraid to make a splash next year!
Come to Faith Church on Sunday morning to see what all of the excitement is about! Services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. and the program hour for all ages (preschool through adult forum) is 9:45-10:45 a.m.
All are welcome!
For more information about Faith Lutheran Church, visit www.faithonline.org.