By Abby Johnson
* We have a website with a wealth of information: ArborlawnStudents.com
* We seek to provide an environment where students can come together to establish and nurture positive, God-centered relationships.
* We constantly work to guide students to walk and grow in the love that God desires for them to know, through Jesus Christ.
* We try our best to help students develop a heart for service and mission across the community and across the world.
* On any given Sunday, there are at 15-20 volunteers working with our students. They help teach Sunday School, lead small groups, and feed dinner during Wired and Anthem.
* Wired is a place for our 7th and 8th graders to get plugged in to each other and to God. We are created to be in community with each other. Here we discover what that means by exploring God, Jesus, and the Church and how we are affected and shaped by those things when we let them into our lives. At Wired, we learn what it means to be plugged in to God for life. Wired meets Sunday evenings from 6-8:15 p.m.
* Anthem serves our 9th through 12th graders and is all about different lives rising up as one. One people, together for a purpose greater than ourselves. At Anthem we discover, no matter where you are in your faith, that we are called to live beyond ourselves. Here we discover just what it looks like to live as a Christian and discover how full life can be when we rise up as one, guided by God’s love. Anthem meets Sundays from 6-8:30 p.m.
* The SAM Building, where the youth meet, has been in the midst of renovation for a little over a year thanks to generous donations. It looks entirely different from when we bought the building, and you should come check it out if you haven’t been this way lately.
* We have a leadership program for our 11th and 12th graders. It works to help our older students realize how important the church community is and how essential it is to find a place to serve within the church. We want them to feel that the church needs them, so that they will reach out for that connection in their next life journey.
* Several of our Middle School students have raised over $5,000 for a water well, to be built in a community without clean water, on their own.
* We took about 100 students and adults on our Summer Mission Trips last year, and will do so again this year.
* There are needs that can be met for Student Ministries during the week by volunteers. You might even have some skills we’re looking for!
* We are in constant need of scholarships for students who want to participate, but find it financially troubling.
* Our small group leaders often make multi-year commitments to our students, and the relationships built are life long connections.
* We often put on special interest presentations. Just recently we did a program for our Senior High and parents about alcohol abuse and awareness.
* There are three people that make up your Student Ministries staff and support team: Abby Johnson, Director of Student Ministries; Dave Brower, Director of Student Worship and Education; and Thomas Mitchell, Intern and Praise Band Leader.
We would love for you to plug into Student Ministries. Studies show that the number of mentoring adults within a program often corresponds to the number of active students. We each have different personalities that stand out and bond us to others. Maybe you would reach a student and help serve a need in a way that we haven’t yet. There are a lot of opportunities and I can promise you that the students will enrich your life!
Over the next few weeks/months, we will be taking the opportunity to reintroduce you to Arborlawn Student Ministries. We want to shed some light on the ever-changing and essential ministry that happens here with our teenagers. Look for articles and stories from all aspects of the ministry, including expanding on many of the statements above.
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