Author Archives: Abby Triebel

About Abby Triebel

Abby is a Full Time Youth Leader in Upstate NY.

Advent Idea

Like many other churches, we make lighting the Advent Wreath its own unique part of the service.  This year, we decided to continue a tradition that started a few years ago because of it being so well received, so I … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday

Like most churches, we make a big deal out of Palm Sunday.  The little children come in to sing, we read the passion, all the different choirs have pieces prepared, and we have a processional.  One thing that we have … Continue reading

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HS Retreat

Each year, we have a one night overnight with the HS youth.  No matter what else is going on in our lives at church (National Gathering, trip to Mexico, etc) we make this time together a priority.  We usually plan … Continue reading

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I took my youth group to a Funeral

So, I often joke/marvel/love the places I get to take my youth.  I love planning new and exciting things that we will get to experience as a group.  Never did I ever imagine I would take them to a funeral … Continue reading

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Youth Worker’s Conference

Each year, Messiah College in Pennsylvania hosts a day long conference specifically for youth workers.  The 2012 conference will be held on March 31st and the Keynote speaker is Mark Yaconelli.  Mark is a youth worker, speaker, writer, retreat leader, … Continue reading

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Tradgedy

  For a couple of years, I have avoided the “when tragedy strikes” workshops at conferences.  I figured I had not dealt with any, and by the time one came along, I would not remember the information anyway.  Today, I … Continue reading

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Lead by a child….

We have these two kids at church.  Their parents have made it a priority for them to be here.  The kids have learned how to be in Sunday School each week, sit through worship when necessary and how to survive … Continue reading

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Confirmation Gifts

Every year, somewhere between Labor day and Reformation day, we struggle with what to give our youth for confirmation.  We really value this practice because it lets them know that the church is proud of them for taking this step … Continue reading

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Baptism

Every Church approaches the sacrament of Baptism in a different way. A few years ago, I overhauled the program here at St. John’s. I wanted to support families that their choice to have a child baptized was more than dumping … Continue reading

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First Day of Confirmation…

Since many of us have just started our year again, and I consider this to be a very stressful time, I thought I would provide you with some stress relieving real life humor from my first day back. This past … Continue reading

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