Peace Youth Ministry Announcement
On Sunday, December 8th, Katherine Hayes, Director of Student Ministries at Peace United Methodist Church, announced at Sunday Night Youth that after a lot of consideration and prayer, she has decided to leave her position with Peace Church, effective December 26th. Katherine has made a significant impact on the lives of many students within the Student Ministry here at Peace. While she will be greatly missed, we as a church are completely supportive of her decision.
We are excited to announce that Emma Harmon, a longtime youth counselor at Peace Church and an active member of the youth group during her middle school and high school years, has graciously accepted the position as interim Part-Time Director of Student Ministries until our next steps are determined. Emma has a deep passion for the Lord, for students, and for Peace Youth specifically. Her main focus will be lending leadership to our Sunday evening programming, along with most of the regularly scheduled events within the ministry.
Peace Church is in the middle of a Vision Casting process, and will immediately begin to prayerfully consider the direction of the Youth program and what it’s leadership will look like. In the meantime, Peace Youth will move forward with its active and energetic team of counselors, along with a healthy amount of parental support.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is Katherine leaving?
Katherine and her husband, Kevin, have been praying and seeking God’s guidance for their lives. Through this prayerful time that has not been easy, they feel that it is better for Katherine to move on from Peace and into another time period of their lives together as a married couple.
When is Katherine’s last day at Peace Youth?
Katherine’s last official day at Youth will be at the Christmas Party on Sunday, December 22nd. Prior to that, there will be a two-week period of transition, where Katherine will continue to work with Emma and our team of counselors to aid in the launching of the Winter/Spring calendar. Katherine’s final day with Peace Church will be Thursday, December 26th.
Will anything change in terms of regularly scheduled Youth activities and the published Youth Events Calendar?
Katherine and Emma have spent time working on the Winter/Spring calendar, and so everything listed on the calendar will take place through the leadership of Emma, our dedicated Youth Counselors, or parent volunteers. There are still a few activities, classes, and fundraisers that are being discussed and more information on these possibilities will be shared as soon as possible.
Will we have a chance to say goodbye to Katherine?
Yes. On Sunday, December 15th, we will celebrate Katherine’s ministry during our regularly scheduled worship services. We will also spend some time celebrating Katherine at the Youth Christmas Party on Sunday, December 22nd.
Will anything change about the ministry?
Emma and the team of youth counselors are committed to the students at Peace Church, and intend to keep things as familiar as possible for everyone involved while this transition occurs.
How long will the search for a new youth director take?
The leadership of Peace is committed to finding the best next leader for this vital ministry of our church. However, due to the importance of this ministry, it is imperative that we take our time and complete a proper interview process, especially as we continue the development and communication of our emerging vision. Emma has graciously agreed to fill this transitional role through June 30th.
Katherine Hayes’ statement:
My husband, Kevin, and I have been praying and seeking God’s guidance for our lives. Through a prayerful time that has not been easy, we feel that it is time for me to move on from Peace and into another time period of life. That being said, December 26th will be my final day here as Director of Student Ministries. I want to reassure you that this ministry as a whole is going to stick around, it is not going anywhere. I’ve been so moved by the way God is already working in this time of uncertainty and is already preparing this ministry for the future. Even upon my departure, I know this ministry is in good hands with Emma Harmon and all of the adult leaders. I give my full support of her leadership and know she will be a great fit for this role. Thank you to all that have made an impact on my life and my own journey. I’m so grateful for all that I’ve gotten to lead and learn and feel truly blessed. You will always be in my heart. Thank you for allowing me to oversee the spiritual journey of the students at Peace during my time here. As they have grown in their faith in God, I have as well. God’s not done with us yet. God is not done with you. God’s not done with me. And God’s not done with this ministry. We serve a great God that will always be with us. Amen!