A Message from our new Youth Minister, John Maxwell!

Hello IHM Parishioners, 
My name is John Maxwell and I am the new Director of Youth Ministry. I am so blessed and excited to be here in Grand Rapids. I won’t share too much as I hope to share more in person, but I am from San Diego, California and have lived most of my life there. I have volunteered and worked in all forms of youth  ministry since I graduated 8th grade. Over the past 2 years, I have also spent time in both the San Diego Seminary and as a missionary in the Bronx, New York. Once again, I am so excited to be here and hopefully will get to know you all over what is hopefully years of service and ministry to the parish and its youth. If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to contact me at either the youth@ihmparish.com email or phone. Please also check online this week for updates and events as we are all still in uncertain times and I am still getting acclimated and caught up to speed.
For all Youth:
If you are at daily morning mass over the next 2 weeks, I will be hosting a “Social-Distance Meet and Greet” in the parking lot after mass, BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair). If you plan on being there or want to your opinions, wants or concerns before our “Edge and Lifeteen Kickoff” (Date TBD) please click on this Sign-Up Genius  on the YM page or call the YM office.  Also, if you wish to serve on “Freedom Team” please fill out the application on the website before August 19th. 
For all Parishioners:
Do you have a heart for service? Do you have a love for the youth? Do you have a couple of extra hours a week to give up? If you answered yes to any of these, you may be a great person to help with “CORE Team”. We are looking for young adults who are on fire for their faith, who wish to serve or who wish to learn the inner workings of ministry. We are looking for both women and men, ESPECIALLY Young Adults to serve our youth in ministry. Please feel free to email or call the YM office so we can get in contact or with any questions you may have. Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you may think will be a good fit as well.
God Bless,
John