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 

This fall we changed 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. This gives the Small Groups more independence and freedom to meet longer and do more as our students practice Christian community together.

  • Sundays; 9:30-10:45

    • 6th grade: Confirmation Class
    • 7-8th grade: Sunday School in Middle School Sunday School Room
    • High School: Amp (Large Group: Game, Worship, Lesson)
  • Wednesdays; 6:00-7:30

    • 6-8th Grade: Amp (Large and Small Groups)
    • 9-12th Grade: Small Groups
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High School AMP

Week 1:  When it comes to dating, logic trumps emotion.  Judges 14:1-3 and Judges 16:15-16

Think About This:

Week 1:  Dating can be tricky, regardless of your age. It’s easy to allow our emotions to make all the calls, and sometimes, “following your heart” can lead you down a pathway of regret. Ask your student if they’ve seen or been in a situation where a friend started dating someone, then completely changed. Ask them how that made them feel and how things ended up for that friend.

Remember This:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

 Philippians 4:6 NLT

Do This:  Morning Time

Leave a note on the fridge or in your student’s car giving them one reason why someone would be lucky to date them. You can do this several mornings over the next few weeks, or make a Top 10 list and surprise them all at once. Making these a series of silly and serious reasons will keep the tone thoughtful and lighthearted.

See the Read This listed below.

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Middle School AMP

Week 1:  Romans 12:1-2

Bottom Line:  God's design for sex is better than the world's design for sex.

Think About This:

Week 1:  The space between expectation and reality in relationships can be difficult for middle schoolers to understand. Often, the only idea of what a relationship should look like for someone their age comes from what our culture and media portrays, not from their personal experience. 

REMEMBER THIS:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6 NLT

PARENT DISCLAIMER:

During this series we will be talking about material, you may deem too sensitive for your student. We will be talking about human sexuality, so if you do not believe that your student is ready to hear this, please be advised that this will be discussed.

Do This - Morning Time

Talk with your student about expectations they have for both themselves and others. Help them see the difference between realistic and unrealistic expectations, and talk with them about healthy ways to respond when their expectations aren’t met. 

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Read This:

My guess is that in your house—like my house—there’s a constant tension between rules and relationships.

Your nine-year-old is supposed to help wash the car, but instead decides that riding his bike is a far more important to the functioning of the universe than cleaning your dirty minivan.
How do you respond?

On the one hand, you need . . .
rules—boundaries, guidelines and limits that make life work and shape character.

On the other hand, you need. . .
relationships—love for each other, respect and even some basic kindness.

But rules and relationships always seem to be in tension with each other, don’t they?

Clamp down too hard on the rules, and the relationship suffers. Or work hard on relationship and the temptation is to slack off on the rules.

To make matters more confusing, in most families, one parent tends to be the relationship parent and the other tends to be the rules parent.

If you’re like me, a rules guy, you are tempted to ground your nine-year-old for life, pull all video gaming privileges and be angry enough that most observers would assume you discovered your son had joined a street gang, not failed to pick up a sponge.

If you’re more the relationship type, you’ll abandon your bucket in the driveway, get on your bike and go have a picnic in a green field with your new found best friend while gentle music plays in the background and your rules-loving spouse drives the car to the junkyard in protest.

Left unchecked. . .

The rules parent thinks the relationship parent is a left-leaning hippie type left over from the sixties who thinks love can solve every problem.

The relationship parent becomes convinced they have married someone who should probably quit family to become a drill sergeant, robot or warlord.

Recognize the tension? So what do you do?


READ MORE ON THE PARENT CUE BLOG

 

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