Working in ministry often entails encouraging others and teaching the word of God through action and sermons.
When those in Sunday school or church are teenagers, it takes a special kind of person to help them figure out who they are and what the world is about.
Cookson United Methodist Church Youth Director Angie Matthews likes sharing her faith with others, especially teens.
“I love seeing God move in people’s lives. It is the most exciting part of ministry,” said Matthews.
She believes her calling is serving others through ministry.
“I feel called to do whatever God has planned, whether it be youth ministry, music ministry or cleaning toilets,” Matthews said. “I have always wanted to tell others about how amazing our God is, and I have always loved working with kids and youth in the churches I have attended.”
In Dumas, Texas, Matthews helped with children’s ministries. She moved to Cookson a little over a year ago to take the position after her mom, who lives in the area, told her about it.
“This church is very mission-minded; that is definitely what appealed to me,” Matthews said. “Church members are compassionate, loving and supportive.”
A member of the first senior class of Keys High School in 2005, Matthews spent a little time studying at Oklahoma State University.
“I grew up here, and really believe this one of the prettiest places on earth,” she said.
One friendship she values is also a partner in ministry and a mentor.
“My friend, Whitney Mallott, is great. We have grown up together and both been in ministry. A lot of times, she is my soundboard and definitely my prayer partner,” Matthews said.
Her responsibilities at church vary.
“I teach youth Sunday school, prepare small group lessons and teach the large group lesson for Wednesday night. I coordinate events such as camp, Youth Force and small community projects,” she said.
Sharing God’s love is one way Matthew’s helps teens learn about being loved.
Throughout the year, the teens have many opportunities to learn about community service and compassion for helping others through work progress and volunteering.
The youth participated in Youth Force this past June. They went to Frederick, and helped repair homes of the elderly and lower-income families in the community.
In July, Cookson UMC hosted a work group from Central Texas that came to help repair homes in the Tenkiller area and were assisted by the Cookson youth.
This coming March, CUMC will be taking a group to the Philippines to help build a classroom for Asbury College in Anda.
Sunday mornings, CUMC holds three services in hopes of reaching everyone.
“We actually have three different services on Sundays, each having a different style of music. Praise and worship is at 8:30 a.m., traditional hymns is at 11 a.m., and a rock-style praise and worship is at 12:29 p.m. Can you guess which the youth attend?” Matthews said.
Encouragement by Matthews also extends to parents.
“I try to remind the parents, they aren’t going through this alone,” she said.
Cookson United Methodist Church holds Sunday Services at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:29 p.m., adult Sunday school is at 9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m., children’s rotational Sunday school and youth Sunday School is at 11 a.m.