School's out for summer!
This is an exciting time of year, filled with end of the year celebrations, graduation parties, and summer vacations. Things begin to take a different pace, and routines shift throughout the summer.
As I make the transition to summer, I cannot help but reflect on this past school year. Our theme for the year was "ROOTED," based off of Colossians 2:6-7 which says, "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." Throughout the year we have explored what it looks like to be rooted in God's Word, rooted in prayer, rooted in community, having our identity rooted in Christ, rooted in the Gospel, rooted to transform culture, rooted in relationships.
It is my hope and prayer that as a result of this year, your students are more rooted in their faith. That they have taken one step closer to making their faith their own. That they have discovered who Jesus is, what He's done for them, and how they are to respond in light of that.
This summer, Category 6ix will look a little different; will take a change of pace. We will meet every other week, beginning the end of June. This will allow us to keep some momentum throughout the summer, while also giving our coaches some time off. This summer will also be a time of transition, as we say goodbye to some of our volunteers, and welcome aboard some new ones! If you would be interested in serving with our youth ministry, please contact Callie! :)
Continue to be intentional with your teens throughout the summer. As they have more time now that they are out of school, encourage them to spend some of that time with Jesus (a good way to do so is to model what this looks like in your own life). My brother asked a good question this past week, so thought I'd share it with you. He asked "If you were to make a list of 10 things you want to do this summer - to learn, to try, to accomplish - what would you put on your list?" This could be a great question to ask your teens. You might be surprised with what makes their list! And it could provide for some great family bonding.
Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in growing extraordinary students who love God, love people and make disciples! Have a great summer!