FAITH STUDENT MINISTRY
As a part of the overall mission of Faith Church, Faith Student Ministries exists to make more and better disciples of teenage students. Understanding that a disciple is one who imitates the whole life of Christ, we seek to come alongside of teenagers as they develop Communion with God, Community with others, and engage in Mission with Christ.
To accomplish these purposes, Faith Student Ministries offers a variety of programs, events and opportunities for teenage students to get involved. From Sunday morning services, to small group communities, to conferences, camps and retreats, teenage students can grow, connect, and serve together in a number of ways.
A Message from Pastor Bryan Bell
Due to COVID-19, sad and difficult decisions were made to cancel many of our summer events at Faith Church. Some of those cancellations were our decision, others were made by the venues and organizations we are working with. Here is a quick summary of what this summer will look like for Student Ministry.
Promotion Sunday – Unrelated to COVID-19, we are still planning to move all students up the to next grade level the first Sunday in August. We are hoping (but not certain at this point) that we will be back into our Sunday School class routine by then, and will look forward to welcoming our new 7th grade students into our junior high class in the MPR, and our new 9th grade students into our high school class in the Student Ministry room.
Junior High Camp – Our plans had been to go to Galilee Bible Camp on Norris Lake in Tennessee this summer for our Junior High Camp, June 27-July 1. This is by far the most labor-intensive event we do, but it is also my personal favorite. We were sad to hear that, like many camps across the country, Galilee Bible Camp will be closed for the summer. We will not be having a junior high camp experience this summer.
High School Challenge Conference –This EFCA youth conference is perhaps one of the best conferences that we have been able to be a part of. But it does bring together thousands of teens from across the country, which doesn’t seem wise to do in the current environment. The conference is officially canceled, with hope for a virtual event sometime in July we might be able to participate in. Full refunds will be made available to everyone who has registered in the next several weeks.
Hoopla! / Hullabaloo These weekly events for our junior high and high school groups were intended to be bridge programs this year. Incoming 7th graders were invited to participate in Hoopla to build relationships with other junior high students. And incoming 9th grade students were invited to participate in Hullabaloo, to build relationships with other high school students. At this point, we are uncertain what this will look like this summer. We are NOT officially canceling these programs, but also not starting them right away in June as had been the plan. We will continue to monitor the government’s guidelines, the situation in our community, and prayerfully ask for wisdom in when we could begin these programs.
In all of these decisions, we are seeking to be loving and graceful to our church family and our community. We realize many people have different views about what should happen and how we should proceed. We are striving to find the middle ground between the extremes of fear and recklessness. We ask that in your conversations about these decisions that you give grace to those with different ideas, and “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:3)
We are extremely disappointed and saddened that this summer will not be what we had hoped it would be. But we trust that God is working in ways that we cannot always understand. While these events have always been spiritually rewarding and extremely fun, we know that these are not the only ways that God can work in us and through us. We are looking forward to seeing what God does have in store for us this summer.
If you have any questions or concerns you would like to share, please feel free to reach out to either Pam Humphries (513-505-3051) or me (513-295-4974) at any time.