I'm so excited school is back! Kristi on the other hand isn't (she's a teacher). Haha! At any rate, it's that time of year again--back to school....and back to a regular routine. It's also a great time to change some things up. And that's what we've done going into this school year. As a Student Ministry, we've made a big commitment to be spiritually HEALTHY. That means doing things that help STUDENTS get spiritually healthy, as well as making some changes to help our ADULT LEADERS get spiritually healthy.
For this reason, we are implementing LifeGroups as a part of our Crosswalk services on Wednesday nights from 6-7:30PM. We've done this as a trial run over the summer, and the feedback from students has been awesome! So every Wednesday night at Crosswalk, we will have a game time, worship time, a message, and a few minutes to gather into groups and unpack/apply the message to their lives. We have some amazing adults who have volunteered to be LifeGroup Leaders and will be investing in the lives of your teenagers, not only on Wednesday nights, but throughout the week. Your teenager's LifeGroup Leader will also be contacting you soon to let you know who they are and find out what they can do to be an added help for you in the spiritual development of your teen. They aren't trying to be your teenager's parent, because you already are! They are trying to be an additional spiritual influence in their life and a resource for you as you parent your teenagers.
With having groups on Wednesday nights, this frees all of our adults up on Sunday mornings to go to their own adult Sunday School class/group...which is a healthy thing for them! So since we aren't doing groups on Sunday mornings, what are we doing for students then? Well, we are having CHARGE each Sunday at 9:45AM. We will still offer a free breakfast each week at 9:30AM. Then afterwards, we will do deeper Bible studies with our students as one large group, with different teachers rotating and teaching them each week. It will literally be a place each week for our students who are Christ-Followers to come and get CHARGED up for the week spiritually!
On Sunday nights, we will continue having 1to1 from 5-7PM, where our students will go out and serve others in the name of Christ in our community. In the past, we had students sign up individually for ministry tracks. This fall, we are trying something new. We are going to be rotating LifeGroups through each ministry track. In other words, your teenager's group from Wednesday night can meet up again and serve at a different ministry site with their LifeGroup Leader each Sunday night. Nothing brings a group together like serving others! We think this will keep things fresh on Sunday nights and provide all of our students lots of different opportunities to serve others for Christ in our community.
I truly hope you will do everything you can to encourage your teenagers to be here on Wednesday nights and Sundays for all 3 of our weekly services. We think this will help students BELONG to the body of Christ (the church), BELIEVE in Christ, and BECOME more like Christ. If you have any questions about any of these changes, feel free to contact me at the church office at 870-247-3124.
God bless you guys! See you Sunday!! Brandon:)