For 2020-21, Youth Instruction will delve into a study of the essential questions of life, using the Making God Real series. Each month, a Family Study Guide will cover God’s doctrines and the Fundamental Beliefs of United Church of God. These Family Study Guides are created to help parents review and better understand the basics of God’s doctrines—then have family discussions on understanding these vital truths. We encourage families to use the portions of the guides that are the most helpful and meaningful to your own family.
As we prepare for the upcoming Holy Days, the first Family Guide will cover God’s Plan Shown by the Holy Days: A Study of Trumpets, Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day.
The biblical festivals and the Holy Days within them fall during three seasons of the year—the early spring harvest, the late spring harvest and the late summer to early autumn harvest in the land of biblical Israel. These seasons and themes portray God’s plan of salvation—the spiritual harvest of mankind to eternal life spoken of by Jesus Christ (John 4:35-38 John 4:35-38  Say not you, There are yet four months, and then comes harvest? behold, I say to you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
 And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit to life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together.
 And herein is that saying true, One sows, and another reaps.
 I sent you to reap that where on you bestowed no labor: other men labored, and you are entered into their labors.
American King James Version×).
Additional Youth Instruction study resources for the Feast season can be found here:
The 2020 Festival Youth Instruction lesson plans for grades K-6 are now available for the upcoming Feast of Tabernacles at: https://www.ucg.org/members/news/2020-festival-youth-instruction
Access the Teen Festival Booklet within the Fall 2020 issue of Compass Check, the UCG publication for teens, at: ucg.org/members/compass-check.
You can get the Holy Day Study Guide from the UCG Family Webpage.
In November we will begin the Making God Real series with the first study guide that will address the essential questions: Does God Exist and Where Is He?
Have a spiritually uplifting Holy Day season and Feast of Tabernacles.
—Randy and Kay Schreiber, Youth Instruction Coordinators