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.)
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.
- 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: Hello, My Name Is
Session: Week Two
Bottom Line: What God says about you is the most important thing about you.
Summary: Who are you, really? It’s an important question because who you think you are can decide a lot about your life. This week we’ll discover that when it comes to really understanding who we are, the most important voice we can listen to is God’s.
Early in our marriage, my husband Tim and I decided we wanted our home to be more than just our own space. Chuck Bomar, one of the authors of The Slow Fade, teaches that one of the signs of true community is when people are so comfortable and familiar in another person’s home they know where their dishes are kept. That’s what we wanted—we wanted our home to be a place of community for students. A place where stories are told, jokes are laughed at, and questions are asked.
The first time I hosted a sleepover with my small group, we were still renting a small apartment. There were eight or nine 6th grade girls there, but they made enough noise for eighty or ninety. I spent the entire night urgently whispering, “Shhh, shhh—the downstairs neighbors!” Tim and I held many riotous small group activities in that apartment. When we bought a home in the same community, our former neighbors practically helped load the moving truck.
It was impossible to put a damper on the girls’ abilities to have fun. They would create ridiculous games that I would be inclined to join until they would inevitably take a weird turn and I’d say enough. When one game ended, they would move to the next one. At sleepovers, even the act of sleeping was made into a game. The first time they spent the night, the girls asked if they could sleep on the dining room table. To be honest, the idea of them actually going to sleep was so appealing, I would have said yes if our table were not so rickety. They settled for sleeping under the table, lined up in a row of elbows and knees that only 6th grade girls can create.
Often the role of a middle school leader is to be the voice of reason.
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