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 4:  Breakups don't have to be bad.  Philippians 2:3-5

TALKAbout This:

Breakups can be tough, but they don’t have to be devastating. Sit down with your student and come up with a list of “breakup rules” they can follow if and when the situation arises in a current or future dating relationship. Start with how to handle seeing each other, talking about one another, and how to manage social media after a break up. Make sure to get their input, too.

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

BEDTIME

Grab your student a new toothpaste and toothbrush and leave it in their bathroom to use before bed one night. Write a note on their mirror with a dry-erase marker reminding them how awesome and beautiful their smile is.

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READ THIS:

Have your kids ever hurt your feelings? I don’t mean their critique of your clothes, cooking, or stupid jokes. I mean the thing they say that just cuts to the quick.

A couple of weeks ago, one of my boys said something and it hurt so much, it felt like the wind was knocked out of me. He’s young enough where I don’t think the words were said with the intention to hurt, and he was oblivious to how hurtful his words were. But I am not naïve. I know a day will come when my boys will know the power of their words. And then they’ll use those words to cause pain on purpose.

Family is messy. At this stage, most messes come in the form of food under the kitchen table, diapers in a full diaper genie, and endless leaves, rocks, and flowers filling my counters. But at some point, I know the messiness will come in the form of verbal shrapnel. I know the messiness will be less literal and more figurative. (Or maybe with two teenage boys by that time, it’ll be both.)

And I knew from a couple of weeks ago, when the words from one of my kids hit me like they did, that I had better figure out what I was going to do when those moments come.

At the time, I shut down. I got him ready for bed and I read him books. I was present physically, but emotionally distant. But when it was time to pray, to sing, and close up the night, I realized something had to give. He may not have known I was holding back, but I did. And I decided then and there to do what felt like the exact opposite of what I wanted to do.

I decided to move close. To not let careless words create a rift. To not let hurt feelings dictate my behavior towards him. To move towards the one I felt inclined to back away from.

I decided to be a peacemaker. 

READ MORE ON THE PARENT CUE BLOG

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Middle School AMP

Week 3:  Mark 12:31  

Bottom Line:  Value what God values.

Think About This:

Your student is watching the way you treat other people. When you’re careful with the things you say both to and about others, you’re modeling what it means to value someone else and you’re setting a healthy example for your child.   

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

Meal Time:

Model healthy boundaries by showing your kid what it looks like to set a boundary around something that could consume you. For example, if you struggle to step away from your phone, make a point to put it aside every night between 6:00pm and 9:00pm. Talk to your student about why you set the boundary and how you hope it creates more balance in your life. 

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Read This:

Hannah is our first-born daughter, and she has a lot of leadership potential. That’s just another way of saying that she challenged the process a lot growing up in our house.

I distinctively remember having a conversation with her one night when I was tucking her into bed. It was one of those days when there had been a lot of conflict, and she had gotten in about as much trouble as a five year old can. For some reason I was compelled to ask her a question right before I turned out the lights. I said, “Do you think I love you more when you’re good, or more when you’re bad?”

She immediately responded, “You love me more when I’m good!” My heart sank when I realized that was her perception of our relationship. I tried to apologize to her for my reactions as a parent. I remember telling her that night (and for several months afterwards every night), “ I hope you will always remember that I love you the same, when you are good or bad.”

It’s so easy for us to make the rules more important than the relationship. 


READ MORE ON THE PARENT CUE BLOG

 

 

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