Student Ministry

student ministry
  1. When Sunday school resumes, we will begin by having two large group settings with physical distancing measures in place. The groups will be divided by middle school and high school. We will begin reevaluating this format after 4 weeks, with hopes of being able to transition into age graded classes at 6 weeks.
  2. The chairs will be arranged with 6 feet between them.
  3. We will use the main auditorium, the loft, and/or the mill.
  4. Sunday school will be taught on a rotational basis by our student ministry volunteer team.
  5. The doors will open no more than 15 minutes prior to Sunday school beginning.
  6. Temperature will be checked at the door. They will not be permitted to enter if their temperature is 100 or higher.
  7. Face coverings will be temporarily required when students are in doors, due to the inability to practice physical distancing at all times.
  8. Students will be directed to go straight to the designated high school or middle school area.
  9. Sunday school will be dismissed promptly at 10:30 from the auditorium and encouraged to go directly to the venue that they will be worshiping in during the 11 a.m. service. If their venue is the Warehouse they will be allowed to gather outside, with social distancing precautions, next to the historic sanctuary while the Warehouse is being cleaned.
  10. The students who are in the loft will be encouraged to remain there until closer to the start of the 11 a.m. service.
  11. All students will be dismissed in an orderly fashion.
  12. We will have a small team set and clean the chairs in the auditorium for the 11 a.m. family friendly venue.
  13. The chairs should be reset for Sunday school following the 11 a.m. service.
  14. Parents who are not serving as volunteers will not be permitted to enter the Warehouse with their student.
  15. Students who are attending in the auditorium will use the front doors of the warehouse. Students who are attending in the loft will enter through the exterior door that leads into the stairwell.

Student Ministry Wednesday Night Covid Reopening Policy

  1. When regular Wednesday activities resume, we will attempt to have as many outdoor elements as possible. This will include social time, games, and other activities that are planned.
  2. Students will have to sign in and be temp checked at a designated table.
  3. When students are indoors, we will use the auditorium and loft as large group gathering areas. Groups will be divided into high school and middle school when both areas are in use.
  4. Face coverings will be temporarily required when students are in doors, due to the inability to practice physical distancing at all times.
  5. Our student ministry volunteer team and some high school students will help to facilitate times of games, worship, prayer, bible study, and other activities.
  6. Students will be dismissed in an orderly fashion, as their parents arrive.

You should NOT come into the building if…

  1. You have a fever of 100 degrees or higher.
  2. You have any respiratory infections, or have had a cough, sneezing regularly, had shortness of breath, vomiting or diarrhea within the last 48 hours.
  3. In the previous 14 days, you have had any contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19; someone who is under the investigation for Covid-19 or who is ill, experiencing a respiratory illness.
  4. In the previous 14 days, you have traveled on a cruise or internationally.

impact studentsOur Mission is to present students as mature believers in Christ.

The concept of presenting believers as mature in Christ is one that is found throughout the New Testament, especially in Paul’s ministry. (Colossians 1:28) We understand that students will not be perfect, or even completely mature in Christ during this lifetime. However, we want to see them begin to make steps toward maturity in Christ during the essential years of Middle and High School.

So what does it mean for a student to be mature in Christ? We believe that Jesus taught that there are three elements of someone who is becoming a mature believer.

They Love God - “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” –Matthew 22:37

When someone encounters the love of Christ, that paid the debt caused by their sins, the only sufficient response is one of love for their savior.

They Love People - “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Matthew 22:39

When someone loves the Lord Jesus Christ with all of they heart, soul, and mind, they begin to view others around them in the same way that Jesus does. This perspective changes our lives and causes us to love and serve others instead of ourselves.

They Make Disciples - “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The call to follow Christ is always a call to make disciples. We believe that this is true for every believer, including students. Therefore, we want to equip them to not only share their faith with others but also be disciples that reproduce disciples.

SUNDAY

Sunday Morning Bible Study takes place in the Warehouse at 9:40 a.m. We meet in the auditorium for announcements of upcoming events and pray together as a student ministry. Then, we dismiss to separate Middle and High School Bible Studies.

We have worked hard to compile a comprehensive 7-year curriculum for our student ministry. This curriculum is comprised of several different Youth Ministry 360 series. The idea is that over the course of being in Impact Student Ministry for 7 years, students will cover all of the basics of the faith and the Metanarrative of Scripture.

Wednesday

“Impact” is our midweek gathering for Middle and High School students. We meet at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Warehouse. Impact looks different from week to week but consists of a balance of fun, worship, and Bible Study.

We are currently walking through a series entitled “Witnesses.” During this series we will see the fulfillment of Acts 1:8. We will look at how the early disciples spread the gospel throughout Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the Earth.

High School Discipleship Group (D-Group)

 

D-Group is a Bible study for students who want to go deeper in their walk with Christ. This year at D-Group we are focusing on answering questions that our high school students have asked. These questions range from the foundations of our faith to how our faith relates to the culture around us.

D-Group is held at the Pate’s home. It begins at 7 p.m. Contact Trey at gcngr@soparjana.bet for more information.