Staunton seems to be a much different situation, but the course of action may be quite similar. There are plenty of young adults (read: unmarried and/or under 30ish) here; I work with them and see them around quite often. The problem is that very few of them are sold out to Jesus. I have found 2 that I'm certain have solid faith and have managed to actually hang out with one of them.
Staunton isn't a brownie pan. It's a bag of Skittles and I'm looking as hard as I can for the red ones.
The first church I visited had 1 or 2 CYAs. The second had a small handful more, though there didn't seem to be any structure or pattern to facilitate spending time together (I inquired). This has led me to do something I am nearly ashamed of to reveal publicly...
I looked for the church with the flashiest website.
Don't worry, I checked out their affiliations and statement of faith and church structure as well. My reasoning is that if I want to find young adults, and they seem to be sparse, I'll see if their gathering at the church with the flashy website. I think there is a rough correlation between trendy-websitery and young-adult-attendishness.
That said, there are things I am looking for in a church beside the presence of CYAs. My goal at the moment is to see if they are concentrated somewhere so I can make contact and discover what kind of Christ-centered community they've got going on. I am above all praying for God's guidance and direction with the choice of a church home, and I am working CYA recon into the search process. I may need to encourage ecumenicism and take names and start making some things happen.
All things considered, my Average Emotional State is much better than it was in Warrenton. The proximity to town, higher density of people and (almost forgot this one) GETTING PAID TO WORK IN A THEATER AND FINALLY ACHIEVING FORWARD MOTION IN MY DREAM CAREER are helping out. Just a little.
I finished Eric Metaxas's bio about Dietrich Bonhoeffer last night. More on that later.
What? No, of course I don't cry while reading non-fiction! What a silly question.