This school year has started off with a bang for our Student Ministries! What started as an experiment over the summer has led to some incredible growth. We knew that we needed to make some adjustments with the realignment of the middle schools in the area by including 6th graders. We decided to split our ministry into high school and junior high for the summer to see how they would respond. The results have been incredible and all glory be to God! We have had an incredible infusion of junior high students and the level of discipleship among the high schoolers has increased.
Due to the success we experienced over the summer, we decided to continue with having our weekly bible study, Forge, being split into High School and Junior High. We recently had a Back to School Bash for each group, which included some outdoor games, burgers and hot dogs, prizes and a time of worship and devotion, and both groups exceeded expectations. We had 20 high schoolers attend on Sunday and 21 Junior High students attend on Wednesday! These were record highs for both groups! To reward them for their efforts, they were allowed to hit me in the face with a pie, which I think they enjoyed a little too much.
We concluded each of these nights with a challenge from Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.” Our focus over this school year is going to be on God’s grace in our lives, how it is necessary for salvation and necessary for living godly lives. It is also there to remind us that when we do fail, God’s grace is still available to pick us back up and get us on the right track.
We are also looking forward to starting up our Breakfast Bible Study this month as we begin a study on the gospel, what it is and how should we be sharing it. Please take time to pray for our students, the events that we have planned and I would also greatly appreciate your prayers. I know that this ministry can do nothing about the power of Christ and it is supported by people praying. Thank you for the opportunity to minister to the students here at EFC!
Soli deo gloria,