We have loved going
through the Bible with our kiddo’s and are excited to start again on this
journey from beginning to end! Come
January, we will begin in Genesis and go from there, teaching through scripture
week by week in our Sunday School environment.
Each 4th week of the month, we break with Sunday School teaching and head to “Big Church” all together for first service. The reason we do this is two fold: 1, we believe that it is important for the growth of each student to participate in corporate worship with the entire body. Sunday school is more of a teaching, study type environment, and we would hate to see students misunderstand the Sunday school hour for corporate worship. We believe there is a lot of value in worshiping through song, teaching, communion, offering, and gathering with the entire body. The second reason we do this is to provide the students with an opportunity to serve second service. We lead the elementary service each fourth Sunday during second service. This provides our Junior High Students one Sunday each month where they attend the corporate worship service alongside friends and parents, and then serve during second service. We believe this is vital in helping them grow as they will someday be leading the church body!
A change we will make to this spring has to do with spiritual disciplines. As many of you know, the emphasis for us in the Junior High Ministry is to help our students begin to own their faith for themselves and practice holy habits (spiritual disciplines). Because of this, we have decided to insert a devotional challenge for the 6th-8th graders this semester.
Each month, your students will take home a packet with a month’s worth of devotions. There will be three devotions each week (wanted to make this something that was sustainable for the students to do throughout the entire semester). We will email the monthly devotions out as well so that you have extras in case they get lost. The devotions will track along with our Sunday lessons and our hope is for this to be a tool you can use to challenge your child and discuss with your child about how they are doing spiritually throughout the week.
Junior High Ministers