YOUTH MINISTRY - students in 7th-12th Grade
MORE LIFE: A 2-WEEK SERIES ON EASTER (March 25th and April 8th)
Sometimes, life can be pretty brutal. Just when we think it will leave us happy and satisfied, it ends up leaving us feeling emptier than ever. Just imagine the emptiness Jesus’ followers must have felt when, after all His promises of what was to come, Jesus was crucified. In this 2-week series, you’ll help students see that, while life here on earth can often leave us empty, Jesus came to give us a new kind of life — more life, in fact, than we could ever imagine.
Bottom Line: This life can leave you empty.
Verses: Luke 24:13-21.
Sometimes life really sucks the life out of you. This week we’ll help students see that, when their circumstances make them question their convictions, they can’t always make it better, but they can ask better questions.
Easter Sunday - No Youth
Bottom Line: Only Jesus can give you life.
Verse: John 10:10; Luke 24:1-6a.
Sometimes we look for fulfillment in all the wrong places. This week, we’ll help students see that empty things can’t fill them up, but Jesus’ resurrection means we can have a more abundant life — both now and forever.
We gather together every Sunday evening from 5-7pm for food, fun, Biblical teaching, and friendship.
Our Mission: To provide an environment of community for teenagers that will help foster their spiritual growth.
How we do this: Our mission is accomplished in two ways. Primarily in our weekly youth meetings we provide a safe, engaging environment where students are given the building blocks for a strong authentic faith. And secondarily we host frequent events outside of church. We do three differnt types of events:
Outreach Events: These events provide an opportunity for students to invite their friends to fun activity. This gives new students a feel for “the church” without feeling overwhelmed in an unfamiliar place.
Spiritual Growth Events: These events happen in the winter and summer over a weekend or week-long camp. We get away from the business of life in order to focus on God and grow deeper in our faith. We use curriculum that challenges the students to grow spiritually, examine their beliefs, and grow closer to their peers.
Service Projects: These events are for students to live out their faith by serving the community. We volunteer regularly at Manna Foodbank, the ABCCM Veterans Quarters, and with River Link.
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"But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Romans 5:8 NIV
One morning this week, leave a random, small gift on your high schooler’s dresser, sink, or front seat for them to find. It could be something as small as a note, pack of gum, or bargain store trinket. It’ll be a fun surprise and sweet way to start their day.
It’s easy to become distracted by different seasons, but this is especially true around Christmas. Prioritize connecting with your teenager by planning one meal this week to grab coffee, dessert, or a meal together. Challenge yourself to only ask questions and listen—saving your impulse to offer advice for another time.
In this phase, it’s critical for parents to remind their high schooler that there’s life outside of their immediate world. It’s a great time of year for your high schooler to get involved in short-term or long-term service projects. Send your student a few links via text or email with different ways they can get involved. Follow up with them later on to see how you can help them take a step toward serving.
The end of the semester, the end of the calendar year, and the impending holiday season can add extra stress to everyone—including your teenager. Before your teen goes to bed one night this week, encourage them to calm down and relax by reading, drinking a hot chocolate, or listening to a chill playlist on Spotify.