Two summer ago I was placed in charge of our middle school bible study & to say I was a nervous wreck every week would be an understatement. But with some grace, guidance & prayer, the bible study was a success (if I do say so myself!).
The first thing I was asked to do was to pray about what I thought middle school girls needed to know. After prayerful consideration, God lead me to a couple ideas. The first idea happen to be my theme, & that theme was Friendship. Whether you're 6 years old or 76 years young, the desire to have friendships seems to follow you around your whole life; & to me, middle school seems to be such an important time in a young girls life when it comes to developing and maintaining friendships.
The second thought that the Lord placed on my heart was the fact that middle schoolers (& most everyone in general) are intimidated by the Old Testament. My intention was to make the Old Testament relatable to my girls with a topic they understood. I cleverly called these Old Testament accounts, "Hipster Stories", to also make them sound more appealing (haha, don't judge me!).
After taking into account how many weeks I had (6), I sought council from women who are much wiser than me (including my mom, our girls director, adult leaders, & older friends), & I compiled a list of lots of different stories all throughout the Bible exemplifying friendships. After examining these stories, & asking God what He wanted me to take from them concerning friendships, our weekly titles & passages looked like this: