Camp schedules can be tricky. Here's a 5 day mockup of what your camp could look like.
Here's a quick list of good, Christian reads that have release within the past 1-2 years. There's fun and easy reads, biographies, inspirational stories, and more! I hope you'll enjoy some of them like I have!
1. Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography by Herman Selderhuis
2. 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke
3. A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards edited by Nathan Finn and Jeremy Kimble
4. In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character by Jen Wilkin
5. God’s Wisdom for Navigating Life: A Year of Daily Devotions in the Book of Proverbs by Tim and Kathy Keller
6. Everybody, Always by Bob Goff
7. The Messiah Comes to Middle-Earth: Images of Christ’s Threefold Office in The Lord of the Rings by Philip Ryken
8. Into His Likeness: Be Transformed As a Disciple of Christ by Edward Sri
9. If Only You Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free by Jamie Ivey
10. Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture by John Piper
With Mother's Day right around the corner, I've put together a cute, little (alliterated!!) list of event ideas and girls only topics! If you are wanting to throw a Mother Daughter Event!
I usually don't like to share about individual series, but this fall we did an amazing series that I briefly wanted to share about! This fall we did a 4 week evangelism series called "Don't Freak Out". This series was partly adapted and inspired by the book "Sharing Jesus (without freaking out)" by Alvin Reid. In this series, we showed out students what it means to share your story and what that actually mean, how to share their story, and then encouraged our students to go out and share their story with their friends, and then invite them out for our "Freak Out Night" for the last week of the series. This is where we shared the gospel with a room full of first time guests and friends of our brave students who were able to bring their pals! We saw a 13% increase in attendance this night and saw 3 decisions made for Jesus! It was an incredible night and I am so proud of our middle schoolers for being bold in their faith!
This event was the most fun to follow up an awesome Girls Weekend! This girls night was focused on bringing the girls together and teaching them to bring what they already had to the Lord! Our lobby was filled with all things FALL! Fall-themed food, an adorable photo booth, fall-themed games, and more! This night was a blast, and again, a perfect follow up for what we spoke about to them at Girls Weekend!
There are not many things I love more than Girls Weekends! It's such a sweet time for our lady students to get together, learn, grow, and just feel special and loved on. I'm going to share what we did and some elements we had that really made our Girls Weekend super special!
- After Service, they went into small groups to process what they had heard.
- By the time everyone got done with small groups, it was time for bed!
- Our girls had to wake up early Sunday morning to eat breakfast, get their t-shirts, and get the busses loaded in time to be at church for Sunday AM small groups!
Even though this weekend was actually planned in 3 weeks, this weekend was an absolute blast! It was intentional and it exceeded every expectation our team set. Not gonna lie, God moved & I am so thankful to be a small part of His plan!
It's your first time serving in Middle School. Middle schoolers are smaller than you, but they are still kind of (somehow) intimidating. What to do now?! I got chu, boo! Here are some of my fool-proof ways to talk to middle schoolers, in a none-small-group setting.
1. Break the Ice // Go over to them first, compliment them or make them laugh (or both!)
Second Sunday is an event we put on the second Sunday of every month. It happens right after our last service on Sunday afternoon (12:30) & goes until about mid-afternoon (2-3 PM).
Second Sunday was created with Small Group Leaders and parents in mind. Even though the event is technically for students. We put on Second Sunday every month to provide a space where our volunteers can hang out with their students, and parents can get to know our staff, all while having the most fun!
The location for every Second Sunday changes. Our goal is to always have something fresh and fun so the students actually want to come! Some Second Sunday's include: roller skating, bowling, Christmas Party, ice skating, going to the local arcade, going to the movies, laser tag, and more!