Student Ministries (6-12)
Our number one Mission is to help middle and high school students grow a deeper, richer relationship with God through our many Ministries. We are an active group, passionate about reaching others with the Message of Christ’s love and peace.
Weekly Schedule (During School Year):
- Sunday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. – Confirmation/6th grade – Room 309 | 7th & 8th Middle School – Room 304 | 9th – 12th High School – Room 305 (6th graders learn what it means to follow Christ and accept His love; 7-8th graders dive into the Bible to learn what it means to be a disciple of Christ; and 9-12th graders gather to worship and hear life-applicable messages meant to help them grow as disciples.)
- Wednesday: Amp (6th – 12th) – See below for details
- Thursday: Bible Study at Dobyns-Bennett during the 12:45 block of Tribe Time
First Broad Street UMC’s Wednesday night Student Ministries program is called Amp. An “amp” takes a small sound, like a voice, and strengthens it so that everyone near can hear it clearly. On Wednesday nights, our 6th-12th graders will gather together to Love God (through worship and teaching), Grow Together (through games, fellowship, and Christ-centered conversation) and Reach Out (by providing a non-threatening place for students to get connected with FBSUMC).
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Middle School Amp and Small Groups in Room 305 (6-8th graders gather to worship and hear life-applicable messages meant to help them grow as disciples.)
6:00 to 7:30 p.m. High School Small Groups in Room 304 (9-12th graders meet together to share in fellowship and conversation as they practice Christian-community.)
Weekly Ministries Changes During the Fall
This fall we're changing up the way things look throughout the week, especially for High Schoolers. Instead of the high schoolers meeting for Amp on Wednesday nights, the Large group portion will meet during Sunday School and Small Groups will begin meeting on Wednesday evenings. The hope is that this will give the Small Groups more independence and freedom to meet longer and do more as our students practice Christian community together.
- 6th grade: Confirmation Class
- 7-8th grade: Sunday School in Middle School Sunday School Room
- High School: Amp (Large Group: Game, Worship, Lesson)
- 6-8th Grade: Amp (Large and Small Groups)
- 9-12th Grade: Small Groups
WHAT WE'RE TEACHING: Stuck
SESSION: Week 1
Acts 15:36-40 You're not as stuck as you think you are.
Paul and Barnabas go separate ways, but still cheer for each other.
Friendships change. Couples break up. We know it’s part of life, but for a teenager, it can be tempting to stay in a relationship longer than is healthy because it feels like the right thing to do. When you see a friendship start to fade, it can be helpful to remind your kid, “You’re not as stuck as you think you are.”
"For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline."
2 Timothy 1:7 NIV
Morning Time - Before a big test or a tough day, put a sticky note on your kid’s lunch that says, “No matter what happens today, you’ll get through it. It’s not as forever as it feels.”
Middle School October 27-28 Click Here to Register
High School December 1-3 Click Here to Register
Student Ministry Retreats are some of the most important dates on our calendar! Retreats are an excellent opportunity for our students to get away and rest and relax from the day-to-day stresses and expectations of adolescence. Our students will spend the weekend together growing stronger in their relationship with God through worship and discussion and closer to one another through games, conversations, and community! Your student will leave this weekend with wonderful memories and relationships!
No Wednesday Night - October 18
Durring Fall Break there will be no Middle School Amp or High School Small Groups.
On Wednesday Night October 25 we will be joining with First Baptist and First Presbyterian on Church Circle for a combined Fall Festival. We will not be having Amp that night so that we can help run the games section for the evening. High School Small Groups - October 11 Next Wednesday night both High School Small Groups will be going up to Camp Bays Mountain to help with some of the clean up and preparation. They will be gathering up some fallen lumber and throwing it in A WOOD CHIPPER!!! If you've got something from home you want thrown in a wood chipper our you think it might be fun to watch get chipped: BRING IT (Obviously there will be adult supervision, we won't let anyone do anything foolish!)
Resurrection 2018 - January 19-21, 2018
One of the greatest weekends in the life of FBS Student Ministries is Resurrection 2018 (January 19-21st), in Pigeon Forge! Resurrection is a gathering of every Methodist chuuch in our Conference for a weekend of amazing worship and speakers. It is always an incredible weekend together as we grow closer to one another and as our students are given an incredible opportunity to grow in the faith in Jesus Christ. Find out more about Rez 18 here.
October is the last month for regular registration for Resurrection 2018! On November 1 thecost goes up $15 to $130.
This event is open to all students 6th-12th grade, and friends are more than invited! We will have two cabins where our students will be divided into Middle and High School.
Register for Resurrection 2018
Some kids can’t be forgiven.
That’s an awful thought. I’m not suggesting a child can do something so bad they can never be forgiven. It’s just that some kids grow up in a relational context so dysfunctional they never experience the power of authentic reconciliation.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Geoffrey Canada about children who grow up in disadvantaged environments. Canada is an education reformer who grew up in Harlem, went to Harvard and came back to Harlem to start the Harlem Children’s Zone. He has dedicated his life to give kids a better chance. He helps them get into college and into a better quality of life. In his book, “Reaching Up for Manhood,” Canada describes the void that exists where there are no caring adults to demonstrate forgiveness to kids.
According to Canada, kids need to grow up with a certain level of failure so they can understand it’s possible to move beyond their mistakes. They need to know that they can be forgiven, not only by their parents but by others adults as well. He says churches can be key in providing the missing ingredient of forgiveness in the lives of kids.
Why should this be important to you as a parent? It’s just another reason you should “widen the circle” for children so they can experience a broader span of forgiveness from other adults.
Canada says we should “make sure there are always other people in a boy’s life who haven’t given up on him, a family member, a teacher, or a mentor. I know from experience that if adults hang in there, boys often do change.”
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