An Answer to Prayer
The YMCA was founded in London, England, in 1844 by George Williams and about a dozen friends who lived and worked as clerks in dry-goods stores. For these men, and thousands like them who had migrated from the countryside to find employment, their bleak lives usually consisted of 14-hour workdays followed by sleep in small rooms above the shops. On their day of rest, many of the young men sought refuge in taverns or brothels. But Williams and his friends chose religious services, and felt compelled to help the other young men find what they had found: God’s grace. The first members were evangelical Protestants who prayed and studied the Bible as an alternative to the vice plagued streets. The Y’s primary activity of that time was to develop a library and reading. First known as the “Young Men’s Improvement Society”. It adopted its present name, “Young Men’s Christian Association,” on June 6, 1844.
The idea grew, and by 1851, there were 24 Y’s in Great Britain, with a combined membership of 2,700. That same year, a retired American sea captain, Thomas V Sullivan, saw the influence the London group was having on young men and decided that Boston young men needed the YMCA. One was established in 1851 and Y leaders became so excited about its own success that it printed and sent 10,000 copies of its constitution across the United States.
The mission statement of the YMCA: “to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.”
Did you Know?
Membership in National Council
Each YMCA is a member of the National Council of Young Men’s Christian Associations. Annually, every Y must report on its work and must meet certain conditions to remain a YMCA in good standing. As you can see below, the first condition is to pledge acceptance and support of the statement of purpose.
We, the undersigned, in applying for a listing in the official roster of duly organized Young Men’s Christian Associations, certify the following:
That our association accepts and supports the statement of purpose of the Young Men’s Christian Associations of the United States of America, which is: The Young Men’s Christian Association we regard as being in its essential genius a worldwide fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of developing Christian personality and building a Christian society.
US Mission Network
Connecting with Others Who Stand Firm with the “C” in YMCA
The US Mission Network serves all interested YMCA associations as they strive to fulfill their mission statement to build healthy spirits, minds and bodies. US Mission Network seeks to empower, strengthen and expand existing YMCA Christian initiatives and assist in establishing new Christian emphasis structures. US Mission Network will do this by developing ongoing, strategic partnerships within the local community, sharing resources across a national network, creating and leading training conferences, and participating with the International Mission Network. Together we will preserve, nurture and advance the historic Christian purpose and principles of the YMCA movement.
The US Mission Network affirms the cause of the YMCA: Strengthening the foundations of community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.
Visit the US Mission Network website HERE.
“Seize the Day” is a national Christian conference for today’s YMCA. It’s set for November 16-18 in Orlando Florida. Plan now to join us for this incredible time together in Orlando! Folks from all over the country will converge on Orlando this November to celebrate the Christian faith and heritage of the YMCA. For more information about this exciting conference click HERE.
Young Men’s Christian Association
YMCA Has Deep Christian Roots
Did you know that the YMCA was first founded as a Bible Study? If you need a program for your church group, civic club or community organization, find out more about a very special presentation by the founder of the first YMCA (London England in 1844).
YMCA’s Christian Mission
Weekly Bible Study
Before or after exercising, join us for a time of fellowship. Enjoy intriguing topics to help encourage your walk with Christ. Talk to Rhonda at Member Services for more information.
Day/Times: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
Location: YMCA Community Room
Prayers of the People
Did you know that the Y offers a way for you to share your prayer concerns in a confidential manner? Across from the Wellness Network Screen (near the Fitness Center) there is a prayer box available for you to share your needs. These needs are prayed for at the weekly Bible Study. We welcome you to submit your request and we promise to lift them up in a confidential manner.