In April we are breaking in the new church building with two lock-ins!! The theme for both lock-ins will be renewal/new life as we move into the spring! Also, this is a great event to have students invite their friends too!
The first will be for the high school students (along with our 8th grade students as they can begin the transition into high school). It will be held April 10th - 11th starting at 9:00 p.m. and going until 7:00 a.m.
Our middle school lock-in will be April 24th - 25th and will also be starting at 9:00 p.m. and going until 7:00 a.m. Again, our fifth grade students are also invited to join us as they make the transition into middle school youth group!
Student Ministries Mission Trip: May 31st (Sunday) - June 5th (Friday). This summer we are going to be doing something a little different by staying in Sioux Falls for our Mission Trip. I am really excited for this opportunity to serve our community of Sioux Falls in many ways. The main focus will be on a VBS outreach. This will be in partnership with King of Glory's VBS but will also have a focus on trying to reach out to a multi-cultural group through Kings Kloset, our multi-cultural partnership with Pastor Samuel's church, as well as some open invitations to different areas of Sioux Falls. Along with this focus, we will also be partnering with several other ministries in Sioux Falls during the mornings and afternoons to get a wide variety and idea of the mission work being done here in our own city!
Pickerel Dates are out for this years summer camps. Senior high (entering into 9th grade - graduating 12th grade) is June 21st - June 27th. Junior high camp (entering 6th grade - entering 8th grade) July 26th - July 31st. For more information go to pllbc.wordpress.com
Wednesday night Recap:
Middle School continued to look into Mark as we focused in on the teachings of Jesus. It was really fun seeing the 4-8th grade students come together and interact with each through the teachings that the youth brought from last week. After everyone shared some of their favorite sayings of Jesus, we focused in on Mark 12:28-31. The greatest commandments of Jesus - to love God and love people. As we focus on loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength we are brought to a place where we desire to obey his word. Then as we love people our desire to share the good news of Jesus Christ shines through. We take the knowledge of love and power through the cross and resurrection and want to spread this truth to those around us. The challenge that the students agreed to this week was to go and share the gospel with one person - a friend, teacher, parent, sibling, or someone they don't know. This gives them the ability to begin practicing sharing their faith with others. Next week we will talk about how their sharing went!
In high school we went through a group of scripture on evangelism. We broke off into two groups and had each group come up with a skit from what they learned through the scripture passages given. We then brought the conversation back to last weeks question - are we willing to change. This idea of change does not mean that we completely forget what we have been doing and do things differently. Instead, it is taking our strengths and to begin to challenge one another in our faith walk. This idea of evangelism is where we start. It becomes about others and the love we have for them because of the love that God has for us. At the closing prayer, we had a time of silence for students to reflect upon the idea of change. Each student simply wrote yes or no on a slip of paper - with an overwhelming response of yes! We will now continue to focus on this idea of evangelism and how to keep one another encouraged and accountable as we move forward.
As we go through this time of Lent, please continue to be praying for our student at King of Glory. For the 4th-8th grade students as they begin to interact in a new setting. Pray that the older students would lead in this group by example and that the new students would feel comfortable and excited about the opportunity to gather with some of the older students at our church. Pray for the high school group as we begin to focus on evangelism and our role in it. That they would not only get a better understanding and grasp, but that they would also have the strength to begin or continue to let their faith shine in their own lives. Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to work and form these students into faithful followers, guiding them to the life of Jesus. And pray for one another as you are all on this journey together!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email, text or call me!