HIGH SCHOOL KICK-OFF | September 17
WHERE: Redeemer's Youth Center
WHAT IS IT: Kick the school year off right with games, pizza, prizes, and a snapshot of what RedeemersHSM is all about.
WHO: All incoming freshman to recent HS graduate are welcome!
Sept 17 - Oct 1
Peanut butter and jelly are a classic pair. Oreos and milk are another delicious combo, and who doesn't like a Wendy's Frosty with some fries? Some things in life, are just better together, and it could not be truer than in the body of Christ. Satan works relentlessly to convince us our little ol' selves are of no great use in the Kingdom of God, but God's word is riddled with reminders that we are better when unified.
In this 3 week series we will set the table for the school year with the challenge to be Better Together by knowing one another's story, sharing our own story, and seeking the unity found in the Spirit of God.
Oct 8 - 22
Growing up, we started friendships with a game of tag or hide-and-go-seek. But in high school, things get complicated. Cliques can feel like the real-life version of getting picked last for dodgeball—the cool kids pick each other, and the rest slump in the corner, forgotten. Even worse, social media rules the hallways. Our popularity depends on the amount of “likes” our latest picture earned, the number of retweets we get, and how many people viewed our Snapchat story. People crowd around us online and at school, but many of us still feel lonely. Depressed, even. Some of us feel so excluded that we don't see the need for friends at all.
It's time for a reality check: we need friends. Not just hang-out friends, but good friends who love, encourage, and challenge us.
In this 4-part series, pastor Dhati Lewis unpacks true biblical friendship. He teaches students how God created us to need people and challenges students to choose godly friends. You'll also watch real-life stories of other teens who struggle with the realities of friendship. This study will empower teens to build solid friendships, to show kindness to nonbelievers, and to be a good friend.
Week 1: The Problem
Our friends have the power to make or break us. The can point us to Christ or lead us far down a path we ever imagined or wanted. Friends can be a great gift from God, but solid friends are hard to come by. In this session, we explore the problem we all face on being increasingly connected to many but decreasingly close to few.
Week 2: What We Need
In this session Dhati takes us through scripture to see what God designed for friendship. We will unpack the characteristics of a good friend, and learn the benefits of Godly friendships.
Week 3: Choose Wisely
You might wonder, "How can I find a Godly friend?" or, "How can I tell a good friend form a bad one?" This sessions takes a look into wisdom of friendship. Join us as we take a look at how to make solid friends, and how to influence non-believers without compromising our faith.
Week 4: Be A Good Friend
Our friends should comfort us, bring us strength in difficult times, and encourage us to follow Christ. We should model Jesus example and befriend that girl who sits alone at lunch or the teammate who lost his dad. In the final session of Better Than One, we examine what it means to be a good friend.
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Oct 29 - Nov 12
Some of the most powerful forces on Earth are love, sex, and romance. In fact, relationships are a matter of life-and-death importance. So how you can train today for the relationship you want tomorrow? God’s plans for your life are not intended to kill your joy but to enhance it. You won’t want to miss this series, Swipe Right.
Love, sex, and dating are some of the most popular topics of conversation among students. These areas are also some of the toughest issues for students to navigate. They have the potential to learn from them or be scarred by them.
This three-week series will help students learn how God feels about love, sex, and dating. The message isn’t “don’t have sex.” The message is “be willing to wait for when it’s Godly and right.”
Since the topics of love, sex, and dating can be delicate, make sure you’re ready to respond to students’ questions and opinions. Students can dig in to this series even further with the YouVersion Bible Plan for Swipe Right.