DESIGNED TO CAPTURE THE HEART, IMAGINATION, AND PASSION OF STUDENTS AT AN EARLIER AGE, WE HAVE INTENTIONALLY PLACED A GREATER FOCUS ON THE FAMILIES OF 4TH AND 5TH GRADE STUDENTS!
One of the things we’re really excited about for this coming school year is our opportunity to take some great strides forward in the area of reaching out to our 4th and 5th grade students and their families! Out of a desire to help students grow in their faith, we’re going to give them a Sunday morning experience that is intended to help meet the spiritual, physical, and relational needs of these students. To make this all happen, we will have a part-time paid youth staff person who will be the shepherd for these students and their families. We’re prayerful that this new emphasis will have a positive impact on your kids lives and that this foundation of faith will follow them for their whole life! As always, we want to encourage our students to bring their friends to our events, not so we can “brag” about our numbers, but because we believe firmly that every kid needs to know that they are made in the image of God!
Reaching Out To Our Students
One of the ways we’re going to reach out to our students is by providing a slightly different structure to Sunday morning. Here’s what a typical Sunday will look like for your 4th and 5th grader:
Church Worship Service.
4th and 5th Grade Students have the option of being dismissed from the Worship Service to participate in an interactive time of community building, fun & play, arts & crafts and a Bible lesson.
After Church, students meet in "The Loft" (Classroom 5) for a crowd breaker designed to help students get to know one another and their leaders! Students may also head to the gym for a fun and active game intended to simply let students play and have fun!!
Students head back to The Loft for an interactive Bible lesson that will help them learn stories and lessons from the Bible.
11:20 GROUP TIME
The goal of Group Time is to help students personally engage with the lesson they just heard. There will be hands on activities which will allow students to reflect, think, and respond to the lesson. Students will be divided into smaller groups in order to help them give voice to their thoughts. Our hope is that students would begin to learn how to talk about God and faith with a group of trusted friends and adults!
After group time, we'll re-gather all students in order to give a final encouragement for the day and to pray for them before they leave.
Students are dismissed!
ONCE A MONTH
Another way we hope to reach out to our students is by providing fun monthly All bcc|youth Game Night. We do this to help students have common shared experiences that will help build a good and healthy community. Essentially, we’re hoping they become friends outside of church too! More info will be coming your way with events and dates!
Reaching Out To Our Parents
One of our biggest dreams for this coming school year is to find ways to better connect with you, the parents of our students we serve on a weekly basis. As part of my ministry to students, I believe strongly in encouraging, connecting and equipping you to be the primary spiritual influences in your childrens' lives. To this end, I want offer several classes for you to participate in this coming year. Each class is intended to help you grow in your faith, to connect you to other parents who are in a similar phase in life, and to help you feel comfortable as you talk with your children about faith.
This year, you are going to have 3 classes offered to you (Fall, Winter, Spring).
MEET our director, STEVE!
Homeschooled 1st-11th, Running start at Shoreline Community College 12thand about to start my first year at Western Washington University!
I grew up in Seattle and am the youngest of 5 kids. I have 3 older sisters and one older brother. Growing up in a homeschooled family we did everything together, which meant lots of time to wrestle with my brother or chase my sisters around the house. My family has become my biggest supporters and I feel very fortunate for that. As I got older I turned my energy onto sports and theater. In high school, my faith and youth group slowly became my priority, as I dived into every mission trip opportunity and leadership positions they had. My family has been a huge influence on where I am today. My mom and two of my siblings are teachers, which is a huge factor in how I found my passion and love for youth ministry so early on in my life. I have done ministry work in Tijuana, Mexico worked in Special Needs classrooms and helped lead a week-long retreat for families with a terminally ill children. All of the different experiences like those have led and readied me for the place I am today.
I really love to play and watch all sports but especially football! I enjoy long boarding around town with friends, playing Jazz with my trombone and listening/ discovering new music whenever I can!
Oh man what a tough question! I would have to go with Alt-J, All Sons & Daughters, Local Natives, and embarrassingly but true One Direction!
Inside Out, How to Train Your Dragon, and Oceans 11
Parks and Rec, The Office, Daredevil and Band Of Brothers
The Reason for God, No Country for Old Men, and The Outcasts.
FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
Well my top one easily would have to be annoying my sisters but a close second is either playing baseball with my dad and brother or camping on Orcas Island with my family.
I’D LIKE TO MEET
Russell Wilson, Derek Jeter and or Jimmy Fallon.
PLEASE JOIN US
So there it is! A quick glance at some of the exciting opportunities we have in store for our 4th and 5th graders!
We're very excited for the things we have in store for you and your children this coming year! We've praying and planning like crazy...so please join us!
If you have any questions about anything, please call or email me!