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February 2018

We are excited that 10 youth and 2 adults are preparing to go to Midwinter Advance, a youth retreat at America's Keswick from February 2nd to 4th. This weekend we will be FEARLESS ...for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and selfcontrol. 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV). We ask for prayers for guidance and safe travel.
Did someone say DATE NIGHT??? On February 16th, from 6 to 9 p.m., the youth are giving parents a night out. They are offering free babysitting services to parents of children ages 1 to 12. Parents can go out on a date, shopping, or just enjoy a relaxing night at home while the little ones have fun with the youth. There will be crafts, games and snacks.
Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:26


January 2018

December was a time of giving to each other and to many others. We enjoyed fellowship with each other during our annual Christmas Party. The hot white elephant gift this year was a big bag of sour patch kids candy... like Cross Keys fashion when food is involved all is good with the world. The youth, friends and families joined in caroling to the residence of Juniper Village. Cards made by many during the Advent dinner were handed out while caroling to share the joy of the season. A wonderful noise came out of Juniper Village that night as the residents joined in singing. To top this month off, the Youth and many others from our Cross Keys family caroled to 23 homes in our community [and all those around those homes who heard us!] As we sang (not always on key) the room lit up and you could feel and see the love.  We want to thank everyone who has supported the youth and we look forward to a wonderful new year! May joy be your gift at Christmas and may Faith, Hope and Love be your treasures in the New Year. 


For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11  
December 2017

The youth were very busy in November! They helped serve 175 families at the Hope Mobile Food Bank. The girls enjoyed the Christmas Tea while the boys helped serve (not sure who had more fun). The girls helped prepare scones in a record time. Watch out girls... sounds like you now have a forever job. And, let's not forget shopping for Operation Christmas Child. Whether having discussions during their regular meetings, playing games, hanging out, shopping, thinking of a child in need, preparing for the tea or loading cars at the Hope Mobile Food Bank, they did it all with the love of God in their hearts. Our youth have no plans on slowing down, they want to invite everyone to come out and spread a joyous sound with them as they sing at Juniper Village on December 13th at 6:30 pm and to the community on December 20th at 7:00 p.m. There is no better way to spread the Christmas cheer than singing Christmas Carols. We want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

We also want to take a moment to thank Rich Fowler for finding not one, but two air hockey tables, and his elves who helped him move them upstairs. The youth have started coming together at 6:45 to just "hang out" and connect with each other on their week. What better way than to play a friendly game of air hockey, foosball or apples to apples? Thanks again!!

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, and good will toward men." Luke 2:14 

November 2017


Youth Group

 The youth was on the move in October!  A big THANK YOU to everyone who volunteered for Community Clean Up!  Even in the rain, picking up trash, the youth can find a way to glorify God.  Eleven youth served 149 families at the Hope Mobile Food Bank unpacking and distributing food, as well as pushing wheel barrels and loading cars.  There was no time to rest!  That evening, the Youth Group marched in the parade in our tye dye shirts as one youth family to praise and give glory to God.  On top of all that, the youth group performed a skit at the Harvest Fest service.  Thank you for all your support to the Youth Group during this busy time!


Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing . ( 1Thessalonians 5:11 )

October 2017

Youth Group—Ready to Go! 

God is on the move in 11 Youth, 2 Young Adults and 5 Chaperones. Everyone is excitingly gearing up for a fun filled faith based retreat in Wildwood. Ignite will be September 29-October 1. Please keep everyone in prayer. The community clean up date is October 14, 2017 at 9:00 am. We need 30 volunteers - You want to see how God is moving in Cross Keys Youth, then you are invited to come out and help. Not all God's work is glamourous but the youth will show you how even picking up trash can change the world. 

September 2017

God is on the move with the youth this year! Youth Group will kick off on Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00p.  We’re taking over Faith Hall and our youth are invited to bring a friend or two or three!  Join us as we find out God’s plans for us as we kick off our fall season with fun, friendship and faith!    


This year we are adding a spectacular event to our line up!  The Ignite Youth retreat is September 29th to October 1st for grades 6 to 12 in Wildwood. IGNITE is more than a conference.  IGNITE is  a movement with a purpose to IGNITE the faith of the next generation of followers of Jesus Christ through life-changing worship, relevant teachings and authentic community. Youth from around the region will be inspired to discover God’s calling on their lives and go deeper in their faith journey. Many youth have already signed up and they are on fire for the Lord!    Finally, mark your calendar for October 14th Community Clean up, (rain date October 21st) fundraiser.  We need 30 volunteers. Are you wondering how picking up trash on a Saturday morning can be fun, come out and join us ... The youth will show you, because they find fun in everything we do including picking up trash. More details to come.   

July 2017

Youth News

June was an exciting month at Cross Keys!  We started our Sunday morning devotionals, every Sunday a new youth group member brings a Bible story or a Christian base devotional that has shaped their Christian growth. It was very exciting when Amber Bertino brought in hers, she was able to start a conversation with the group that everyone was loving.  If you weren't able to be a part of our devotional, you should ask her about her topic!  I am excited to see how the rest of the summer devotionals will shape up!! 

I cannot wait to see all the "Chill Squad" members at Vacation Bible School!!

Blessings, Jaime Frazier 

Youth Group Member of the Month

I am excited to announce that starting this month, I am going to Spotlight a Youth Group Member each month.  Our first youth group member is Lance Ferrell. Since Lance will be leaving us soon, I thought he is the best person to interview. 

Pastor Jaime:  When did you start coming to Cross Keys?

Lance:  As long as I can remember, probably when I was 4 years old. I started coming by myself when I was about 8 or 9 years old. 

Pastor Jaime:  What is your favorite part of Cross Keys?

Lance:  I love the people, they are very caring and loving towards me. 

Pastor Jaime:  What is your favorite memory? 

Lance:  My favorite memory is when Pastor Brian baptized me when I was 13 years old. 

Pastor Jaime:  What is one thing that your Cross Keys family doesn't know about you? 

Lance:  I love to sleep in, they may not expect that since I am at early service every Sunday.  

Pastor Jaime:  What are you going to miss most about Cross Keys?

Lance:  I am going to miss the people here. But I am excited about going to Virginia! 

Pastor Jaime:  Lance, may you sense God’s presence leading you in Virginia! We will all miss you and we know that God will continue to use you powerfully as a witness of his love and truth. 


Jaime Frazier 


June 2017

The youth group would like to thank everyone who bought flowers and plants from our Mother's Day flower sale. It was a huge success!

We have a busy month ahead of us!  Beginning June 4th, we will meet every Sunday at 10:00 am for devotional time.  Breakfast snacks will be provided.   On June 16th, we will havea lock-inand the next morning we will help with the Food Bank, followed by a super soaker contest.  If you havea super soaker,  please bring it.  If you don't have one, let Pastor Jaime knowby June 13th

Finally,we will have a fundraiser at Charming Charlie on June 23rd and 24th.  Charming Charlie is located at300 Route73 South in Marlton, NJ.  All you haveto do is go in and say that you are from CrossKeys!  If you have anyquestions about our busy month, please contact Pastor Jaime. 

Blessings,Jaime Frazier


May 2017

Youth News

Easter Sunday was a very powerful morning as we watched members of the youth group help serve during Sunrise Service!  It is so exciting to see them grow and show their love for God!  Thank you for your continuing support of our Mother's Day flower sale! You can pick up your flowers on Saturday, May 13th!  If you have any questions about flowers, please contact Pastor Jaime.  Finally, keep watching for upcoming newsletters and announcements—Some really cool and different things are in the making for this summer’s youth program.  Pastor Jaime. 

April 2017

The Youth Group is on a roll and the month of March was filled with action and excitement.  The youth played a big part in our Ash Wednesday service, and helped us to better understand the meaning behind the symbols of Lent.  Several of our youth members also rolled up their sleeves and helped to serve friends and neighbors in need at our Hope Mobile Food Bank. During March, the youth studied the parables of Jesus and on Movie night they watched a modern day parable acted out in the film, Godspell.  A movie wouldn’t be the same without making ice cream sundaes—you’ll have to ask around to find out who made the grossest one!  It is so much fun watching our youth grow and get more involved in ministry and service to others in the name of Jesus.  Part of the fun is seeing our young people getting so excited about youth group that they are inviting friends to join them!  During April, the youth will help out at the Variety Breakfast, the Annual Easter Egg Hunt and the Hope Mobile Food Bank.  Their next fundraiser will be the Mother’s Day Flower Sale.  As always, thank you for your continued prayers and support of the youth here at Cross Keys.  Pastor Jaime Frazier

March 2017

The Youth Group had an exciting month in February.  Almost 30 Youth poured out to our first meeting.  Six new members joined us and we devoured 10 pizzas and raised the roof with some fun games!  Six new members joined us!  We also sold 226 hoagies for Super Bowl Sunday!  Thanks to Rastelli’s Italian Market in Voorhees, who donated an additional 16 subs at no cost to help support our youth.  With your help, $400 was raised to help fund our youth projects, events, and retreats. 

We will meet at the church and participate in an interactive Ash Wednesday service on March 1st.  Our own movie night is also tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 24th at 7:00p.  Ice cream will be served!


Just in case you haven’t heard, we are growing!  If you are in grades 5-12 and haven't come out to Youth Group, why not?   We would love to have you join in the fun!  We meet Wednesday's from 7:00p-8:30p. Contact me at pastorjaime@crosskeyschurch.org if you have questions.  Blessings, Pastor Jaime Frazier 


February 2017

On February 1st, at our weekly Youth Group meeting, we will have pizza and game night!  If you have not been to a youth group meeting, and you are in 5th grade to 12th grade, come out and have a fun night with us!

I am still looking for a few more families to help me out with my Senior Project.  If you are interested or have any questions, please ask me!  My project will start February 12th, so please let me know if you are interested by then.

Thank you everyone who bought hoagies and supported the Youth Group!  Don't forget to pick up your hoagies on February 5th, either at 10:00a or 12:30p.


January 2017

My first month at Cross Keys has been nothing short of amazing!  I am so honored to be called to serve as your first Youth Pastor.  I want to thank everyone for being so welcoming and gracious to me.  I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here, at Cross Keys.  In the New Year, I will be looking for families to volunteer to help me complete my Senior Project for graduation from seminary in May.  My Senior Project is called “Bible 2 Go”.  it is an app that will allow a family to have Biblical conversation at home.  It is a 10-week commitment - you do not need to have a smart phone to volunteer to help test run this program.  The program will start January 22nd and run until March 26th.  If you are interested in learning more about my project, you can e-mail me at pastorjaime@crosskeyschurch.org.  Also in the New Year, keep an eye out for information regarding Youth Group’s Super Bowl Hoagie Sale.  The Youth will have order forms in the beginning of the month.  Thank you again for your encouragement and for your continued support of the youth here at Cross Keys U.M.C.

New Year’s Blessings!

Pastor Jaime

December 2016

This is the time of year for giving.  The Youth wish to extend an invitation to join them, while they carol at Juniper Village, on December 7th from 6:30-7:30p.  On December 21st, they will take their caroling out into the community.  (Youth should be at the church at 6:15p, drivers at 6:45p)  We hope everyone who likes to sing and share the Christmas joy will join them... the more the merrier!!  You are never too young, or too old, to sing Christmas Carols. 

On December 14th, the youth will fellowship together at their Christmas Party.  Don't forget your wrapped white elephant gift! 

"Sing out sweet Christmas angels. From in the Heavens high,

Proclaim to us God's glory where Baby Jesus lies."

November 2016

On October 8th, we had Community Clean-Up!  We were blessed to have 38 volunteers; 15 were youth, 2 were under the age of 2, and the rest were adults helping making God's world beautiful one road at a time.

When God commanded Adam and Eve to “rule” over his creation (Genesis 1:28) he meant that we should exercise responsible care over the environment so that it would be productive, useful, and enjoyed by all.  We want to thank everyone who came out to help restore the beauty of God’s creation to a small piece of our community.  


We would also like to thank the youth for helping the Word of God to come alive for us in their skit, “Wake Up the Harvest is Ready,” presented as an act of praise on Harvest Sunday.  Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”  We thank the youth for challenging us to be that change—to be the “few” who are ready to answer God’s call to holiness and to do good deeds in the name of Jesus.


October 2016

Youth Pitching In

The Youth Group is spearheading a community clean up on Saturday, October 8.  Our target—Janvier Road!  Extra volunteers are needed to pitch in with the youth—we need at least 30 to get the job done!  What a great way to get some exercise and to encourage our youth!  Rain date: October 15th.  Please see Sharon, Tina or Deedee.

Don’t forget, Youth Group is every Wednesday, 7:00-8:30 pm. (ages 5th-12th grade).  Attendance has been great this year, new friends are joining us each week, and we’d love to have you too!  See you then!


September 2016

Youth Group begins on September 14th.  All youth in grades 5 to 12 are invited!  We meet every Wednesday night from 7:00p-8:30p.  If you are looking for a place to come Love, Grow andServe God, there is no better place than with Cross Keys Youth Group!  We are looking forwardto a year where we Love one another as God loves us, we Grow in our faith lives and we Serve God.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone on September 14th!  Put on your thinking caps and think of some community service projects that we can do as a youth group to serve. Can't wait to hear your ideas!

God Bless!


June 2016

The youth leaders want to take this time to say, that over the last 12-13 years it has been a pleasure being with our youth every Wednesday night… countless lock-ins, retreats, fundraisers, as well as Community Services.  We have laughed with these wonderful young men and women.  We have had silly discussions and many very serious ones.  We have seen them come in as young children, finding their way in their faith lives.  We have watched many of them graduate and move on to a new journey in their lives, taking a piece of our hearts with them. 

We couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them.  We know their journeys will be a blessing to all they come in contact with.  We want to let all of our youth know that we will always be there to cheer them on, and we want to thank everyone who supported them (and us!) during our many activities.

Finally, we want to let the youth know that we will always be with them and know that we will always be watching!!  We love you all!  God Bless - Deedee, Sharon & Tina.  


January 2016 ~ Youth Encouraging Youth

I can't believe how fast this year has flown.  It seems like yesterday we started youth group after a summer break.  I have seen amazing growth this year.  I have witnessed these wonderful youth encourage each other, hold each other accountable if they did something wrong, laugh with each other and yes feel each other's pain if they are hurting.  Everyone in the youth family has grown closer.  Whether through games or discussions, they have become a united group.  We, the youth leaders, have noticed how they carry the true meaning of being a Christian with them through their daily lives.  Throughout the coming year, we hope that anyone in grades 5-12 feels free to join us on Wednesday nights.  There is no youth group on 30th.  We will come back together on January 6th


The United Methodist Youth Fellowship (U.M.Y.F.) meets to explore the concerns of youth through the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is a faith based service/social organization open to all youth in grades 5-12. The youth help plan their own agenda and service projects. Activities include: faith based discussions on current topics, bowling, swimming, parties, and retreats.

The Youth Group (grades 5-12) meets every Wednesday evening from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 pm September thru May. The group has a lot of fun events planned for the year and encourages all to come out and join the excitement! Come on out and have lots of fun and good fellowship! Bring you friends too! Hope to see all there! God Bless!

For more information about our Youth Group, please contact Pastor Jeff or Tina Hegeman.

The Handi-Dandy Youth Group – Still Looking for Things to Do!!!

Do you need help around your house…repairs or clean ups?? The youth group is looking for service projects this year... if you could use this type of help around your house or yard, please see one of the youth leaders (DeeDee cell (856) 924-4580; Sharon cell (609) 417-9581; Tina cell (609) 381-3611. They will take all the information and help as many people as possible. No job is too big or too small for our youth. Soon, you will hear of a fundraiser, and the proceeds will go to our service projects.

As a reminder, our doors are always open if you have a problem, or need to talk about anything. Have a Blessed Day!

Youth Leaders

Coordinator - Pastor Jaime Frazier

Volunteer Leaders - Deedee Huffman: (h)856-740-0635 (c) 856-924-4580

Sharon Branco: (h)856-728-2828 (c) 609-417-9581

Tina Hegeman: (h)856-728-8661 (c) 609-381-3611

Pastor Jeff Tilden: (office)856-728-3342

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